Private Project


“Unravelling” explores the feelings of impending tragedy that have become an endemic part of American culture. After the Hindenberg explosion, we mourned. When the Titanic sank, we called it an unimaginable tragedy. We searched for Amelia Earhart and tried to understand what went wrong when the Challenger exploded. We vowed never to allow these tragedies to reoccur – then came the Columbia explosion. The pause in this film matches a pause in the NASA control room while waiting for Columbia to respond, before acknowledging another tragedy.

  • John Bright Mann
  • Susan Leslie Mann
    Choreographer for this project
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  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 21, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - John Bright Mann

My work reflects a thematic concern for a concept of home, begun with my dissertation, "A Phenomenological Inquiry into a Concept of Home". My documentaries include "Shelter: Conversations with Homeless Men", "Nicodemus", "Locust Point" (fully funded by ITVS), and "Running to Keep from Falling". These were followed by "if...then..." a personal essay film. My recent films have been dance for the camera projects and include "It Goes Without Saying", "Flight", "breathe in/breathe out", "Thrown", and "unravelling". I am the director, cinematographer, composer, and editor for the projects. My films have been presented in domestic and international festivals.

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