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NFB mourns death of 'risk-taking' filmmaker Don Owen

Last Updated Feb 24, 2016 at 2:20 pm EST

TORONTO – Toronto-born filmmaker Don Owen, a pioneer at the National Film Board of Canada, has died.

He was 84.

The NFB says Owen died on Feb. 21 in Toronto.

Owen wrote and directed the award-winning films “Nobody Waved Good-bye” (1964) and “The Ernie Game” (1967).

His work includes the 1965 documentary classics “High Steel,” a look at Mohawk steel workers, and “Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen,” co-directed with Donald Brittain.

NFB chairman Claude Joli-Coeur says Owen “brought a new spirit of risk-taking and authenticity to Canadian cinema.”

“His dramatic and documentary films were a bellwether of the times, as Canadians of his age were questioning accepted wisdom, and taking life, art and cinema in bold new directions,” Joli-Coeur said Wednesday in a release.