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.