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Finding the Fringe - The Life and Work of Ran Prieur

Finding the Fringe - The Life and Work of Ran Prieur takes a biographical look at author and essayist Ran Prieur. In multiple interviews, Ran recounts his life and work, beginning with his childhood growing up in the suburbs of Washington State, and the early connections he made to wild areas, which planted the seed for his future critiques of modern society.

Most famous for his internet essay How to Drop Out, Ran began his writing career with paper zines that he made and distributed throughout the northwest United States. With the spread of the internet, Ran took his writing online, where his cultural critiques blended with the surging sphere of writers who believed that through a combination of peak oil, climate change, and economic turmoil, western civilization would slowly collapse to pre-modern technological levels. These critiques led Ran to begin the process of building a permaculture community on a remote patch of land, but his practical experience and shifting attitudes eventually forced him away from these hardcore beliefs.

Fearing the influence he may have had on his readers, Ran’s non-fiction writing took a back-seat to his work as a fiction author, and the film showcases his science fiction novel Until We Dream a Star, and hears from Ran about the unpredictable, optimistic future he sees for himself.

Finding the Fringe is an honest look at a cultural rebel and D.I.Y. artist, a radical blogger and social philosopher, a wild spirit and forward-thinking slacker.

  • Jordan Mechano
  • Jordan Mechano
  • Ryan Couldrey
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    26 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
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    United States
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    4K Digital
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Director Biography - Jordan Mechano

Jordan Mechano is a Toronto-based theatre artist. As a creator of theatre and live art, Jordan’s work has been produced both in Canada and the United Kingdom. His pretence-free performance works have included intimate one-on-one conversations, participatory performance experiments, and conceptual interactions. With influences ranging from Deborah Pearson, the late Adrian Howells, Forced Entertainment, and Jacob Wren, Jordan aims to create authentic experiences for curious audiences.

This is his first film.

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Director Statement

Jordan is a reader and fan of Ran Prieur’s work. Having followed Ran’s writing for over a decade, Jordan was keen to hear Ran’s story, and share it with a general audience.