Man Bites Dog Films was founded in 2008 in Los Angeles by filmmaker Rory Owen Delaney. Our mission is to create unique digital media with clarity, cleverness and bite! For almost a decade Man Bites Dog Films has been crafting unique content for unique audiences, and keeping it real in the process!
The phrase “man bites dog” refers to how an unusual event is more likely to be reported as news than an ordinary occurrence. New York journalist John Bogart coined the expression when he observed, “When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.”
At Man Bites Dog Films we share the one-of-a-kind stories that have been overlooked by the Hollywood film and television studios. To date we have developed and released two short films Virtual Iraq Redux and Mountain Man as well as two feature documentaries The Rivalry: Red V. Blue and Toxic Soup. In 2016 we will be releasing the short rock doc Boston Loud.
Our films have been broadcast around the world and honored at prestigious film festivals, but we didn’t get into film for the accolades. Independent film is what we love, and independent film is how we are changing on the world — one movie at a time. For inquiries please contact info[at]mbdfilms.com.
Rory Owen Delaney grew up in Louisville, KY, but lives in Los Angeles with his wife Maya Meinert and their two pugs. Delaney holds a BA in english from Yale University and a MFA in dramatic writing from New York University. Rory wrote, directed and edited the feature documentary THE RIVALRY: RED V. BLUE, which premiered on ESPN Classic in February 2015, and is currently writing, producing and editing LAST OF THE SHOWMEN, a documentary about Broadway entertainer Ben Vereen. Among other credits, Delaney directed the environmental documentary "Toxic Soup" as seen on Free Speech TV and the short documentary "Virtual Iraq Redux," which was one of 100 semifinalists in the 2012 Focus Forward Filmmaking Challenge. In 2007 Rory received a screenwriting craft award at the First Run Film Festival for the short film "Rosy" directed by Christina Voros. In 2010 Delaney was named an honorary Kentucky Colonel by Governor Steve Beshear. Although the title is almost totally meaningless, it is a great way to win a free drink.