|LSC Classics Presents:
February 27, 2004 at 7:30 and 10:30pm in 26-100, and
February 29, 2004 at 7:00pm in 26-100.
First-time filmmaker Godfrey Reggio's experimental documentary from 1983--shot
mostly in the desert Southwest and New York City on a tiny budget with no
script, attracted the support of Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas and
enlisted the indispensable musical contribution of Philip Glass--delighted
college students on the midnight circuit and fans of minimalism for many years.
Meanwhile, its techniques, merging cinematographer Ron Fricke's time-lapse
shots (alternately peripatetic and hyperspeed) with Glass's reiterative music
(from the meditative to the orgiastic)--as well as its ecology-minded
imagery--crept into the consciousness of popular culture. The influence of
Koyaanisqatsi, or "life out of balance," has by now become unmistakable in
television advertisements, music videos, and, of course, in similar movies such
as Fricke's own Chronos and Craig McCourry's Apogee. Reggio shot a sequel,
Powaqqatsi (1988), and completed the trilogy with Naqoyqatsi (2002).
Koyaanisqatsi provides the uninitiated the chance to see where it all started
in an intense audiovisual rush.