- Godfrey Reggio
The Atkinson Forum in American Studies & Cornell Cinema present Koyaansqatsi Live! featuring the Philip Glass Ensemble.
Koyaanisqatsi (Life out of Balance is the translation of the Hopi-language title), a pioneering art film released in 1982, was unlike anything audiences had previously experienced, and it became a cult sensation. A non-verbal film integrating images, music and ideas contrasting scenes from America’s natural and urban landscapes, it was a prescient meditation on the imbalance between humans and our environment, one that’s resonating anew with today’s audiences. Directed by Godfrey Reggio and filmed by Ron Fricke, who later went on to make Baraka and Samsara, the film consists of a visually stunning montage of images. Reggio made two companion films, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi, to form the Qatsi Trilogy. Acclaimed composer Philip Glass scored all three films, but his score for Koyaanisqatsi took on a life of its own and is considered “one of the most startling and original soundtracks ever written.” (NY Times)
On the occasion of the film’s 35th anniversary and composer Philip Glass’s 80th year, we invite new viewers to experience the film for the first time, and repeat viewers to re-experience the film with its extraordinary soundtrack performed live.
The Atkinson Forum in American Studies, funded by David & Pat Atkinson, brings to campus individuals and groups that enrich the curriculum of the American Studies Program and the cultural life of the university.