Pushing at the limits of non-fiction cinema, A Man Imagined is a bracingly intimate and hallucinatory portrait of a man with schizophrenia surviving amidst urban detritus and decay. Made in close collaboration with 67-year-old Lloyd, this immersive documentary fable follows the jagged path of a decades-long street survivor, across harsh winters and blistering summers, as he sells discarded items to motorists, sleeps in junkyards and lapses into near-psychedelic reveries.

When Lloyd reveals a startling detail from his past, the filmmakers try to help him piece together a story that spills out in fragments—a jigsaw puzzle of painful childhood abstraction that seems to hold an unspeakable mystery at its core.

With its subjective, lyrical camerawork and expressionistic sound design, the latest feature from directors Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky finds poetic power and transcendence in the harrowed mind of its protagonist, delivering a poignant meditation on life at the margins.

62 min / Documentary / 1.78



Written & Directed by Brian M. Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky

Producer: Rohan Fernando

Executive Producers: Annette Clarke, Rohan Fernando

Cinematographer: Brian M. Cassidy

Editors: Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky, Pablo Alvarez-Mesa


Produced by the National Film Board of Canada