Don Owen was born on September 19, 1931, and died on February 21, 2016.
He was a Canadian film director, writer and producer.
He served on Canada’s National Film Board, producing short documentaries in the 1960s, and the dramatic film Nobody Waved Goodbye (1964), which was the NFB’s first full-length feature.
A series called ‘Unfinished Business’ was next in 1984.
He and fellow NFB director Donald Brittain co-directed the 1965 documentary portrait of Leonard Cohen, Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen.
The same year, he also completed High Steel, a documentary on Mohawk high steel workers.
The film he made on the Canadian Olympic runner Bruce Kidd, he had convinced poet W. H. Auden to write and voice the narration.
In 1966, Don Owen directed the acclaimed Notes for a Film About Donna & Gail and the following year he directed The Ernie Game, which was entered into the 18th Berlin International Film Festival.
Don Owen was the subject of a retrospective at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival.
Don Owen passed away at 84 yrs old.