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<<< September 19 & 20, 2008 >>>

KOYAANISQATSI 25th Anniversary: A Tribute to the Qatsi Trilogy


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A master of mixing poetic images with sweeping music, award-winning director Godfrey Reggio is best known for his QATSI trilogy, three films that explore the epic clash between the natural and man-made worlds.

After a childhood spent in the South, Reggio joined the Christian Brothers, a Roman Catholic pontifical order, at the age of 14. He spent the next 14 years in silence, studying to be a monk. Afterwards, he taught school in the Southwest, while also heavily involved in his community. He co-founded the Institute for Regional Education in Santa Fe, N.M. and also worked with the American Civil Liberties Union, co-organizing a public-interest campaign on the invasion of privacy and the use of technology to control behavior. This was followed by his next project – moviemaking.

KOYAANISQATSI, Reggio’s first film, was made between 1975 and 1982. The apocalyptic theme of technology taking over nature and humanity also would be explored in his later films. Renowned composer Philip Glass provided the musical score, and the two would later collaborate on the other films in the trilogy. POWAQQATSI (1988) came next, followed by "Anima Mundi" (1992) and "Evidence" (1995). In 1993 Reggio helped to develop Abrica, a new school founded by the Benetton Company that explores the arts, mass media and technology. While there he completed the final film in the "Qatsi" trilogy, NAQOYQATSI (2002). Reggio currently lives in New Mexico and is working on a new film that will explore the negative effects of consumerism on the world. We are thrilled to be welcoming director Godfrey Reggio for the 25th anniversary celebration of KOYAANISQATSI the first of the QATSY trilogy!


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Friday, September 19 - 7:30 PM

25th Anniversary Screening:

KOYAANISQATSI, 1982, MGM Home Entertainment, 86 min. Dir. Godfrey Reggio. The most famous and well-known of the QATSI trilogy, KOYAANISQATSI explores our perceptions of the world. The title of the film is taken from the Hopi word meaning "life out of balance," and that concept is used to examine the conflicts between technology and the environment. Philip Glass’ haunting, stunning score accompanies Reggio’s exploration of the idea that we don’t live with nature any longer – we live off of it. Perhaps the best-received of Reggio’s works, KOYANNISQATSI has a massive cult following and has influenced filmmakers and filmgoers alike. View TrailerkoyaanisqatsiVegas.jpg (94015 bytes)

"Evidence" (1995, 8 min.) Dir. Godfrey Reggio. Reggio, along with student Angela Meliopulous, continues in the exploration into the pervasive nature of technology. A haunting examination of children watching television, "Evidence" addresses the physiological, spiritual and social aspects of this favorite pastime.

"Anima Mundi" (1992, 28 min.) Dir. Godfrey Reggio. A visit to the animal kingdom accompanied by an ethnic music-based soundtrack by Philip Glass. Reggio’s theory is that a harmonic principle controls the laws of life on earth and has since the beginning of time: Beauty and natural order are based on the differences between the species, and all of these different groups form the balanced Whole. Discussion in between films with director Godfrey Reggio.



Saturday, September 20 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

POWAQQATSI, 1988, 99 min. Dir. Godfrey Reggio. Powaqqatsi, or "life in transformation," is a study of developing nations and the effect that Westernization has had upon them. Co-written with Ken Richards, the film explores the disappearance of ancient cultures and customs that occurs under modernization from the Western world. A celebration of themes like craftsmanship, labor, worship and creativity, the film draws connections between the individuality of different cultures and the collaborative concept of the "Global Village." View Trailer

NAQOYQATSI, 2002, Miramax, 89 min. Dir. Godfrey Reggio. Reggio’s most recent film examines the transition from nature to technology via the idea of "war as a way of life." The war in the title’s definition refers to the epic battle between the natural world and the technological one. People in the film do not use technology as a tool, but as a means of living. Because the hunger for technology is infinite, its power is as well. Official Website Discussion in between films with director Godfrey Reggio.