Spirit Unforgettable is the powerful, devastating and inspiring story of the iconic Canadian Celtic rock band Spirit of the West, and their charismatic frontman John Mann who, in 2014, at the age of 51, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
DIRECTOR PETE McCORMACK's BIO:
Pete McCormack is a director, writer, producer and musician best known for his Academy Award short-listed documentary Facing Ali, which also won most popular documentary at VIFF, 2009.
Pete created the HBO Canada documentary series Sports on Fire, which uncovered untold stories behind seminal moments of the 20th and 21st century where history and sport collided. The series dealt with steroids, the Cold War, gender testing, terrorism, racism, fascism and even moonshine’s involvement in the roots of NASCAR.
Other award-winning films include the Kevin Spacey-narrated Uganda Rising, about the heinous Lord’s Resistance Army; the Spike-TV doc hit I Am Bruce Lee; the genie-nominated See Grace Fly about a women with schizophrenia and the Pierce Brosnan-narrated short documentary about the AIDS epidemic in Africa called Hope In The Time of AIDS.
Pete’s written several produced screenplays and two novels, including the Stephen Leacock-nominated Understanding Ken. He is currently working on a new novel.
He has produced three music CDs and had songs featured in both film and television.
His 2016 film Spirit Unforgettable, exploring the iconic Canadian band Spirit of the West and their lead singer John Mann’s battle with early onset Alzheimer’s has received rave reviews and recently won the Audience Choice award at the Vancouver International Film Festival.