MAD Hosts Godfrey Reggio Cinematic Retrospective, Now thru 3/14

MAD Hosts Godfrey Reggio Cinematic Retrospective, Now thru 3/14

The Museum of Arts and Design presents a full cinematic retrospective of Godfrey Reggio's work this winter with its latest film series, Life with Technology: The Cinema of Godfrey Reggio, from today, January 16 through March 14, 2014.

The series showcases the director's career thus far, with six films-all scored by composer Philip Glass-including the complete Qatsi Trilogy, two rarely seen short films Anima Mundi and Evidence, as well as a special screening of his most recent film Visitors. MAD will also host a master class with the director on January 23.

Godfrey Reggio has been a major figure and force in cinema for over three decades; his filmmaking first gained international acclaim with the 1982 release of Koyaanisqatsi, a wordless juxtaposition of moving images and music that traces humanity's complex relationship with modern technology and the natural world. Deeply informed by Reggio's roots as a political activist and his years spent as a Christian Brother and Catholic monk, his films challenge traditional cinematic narrative structures and eschew simple interpretations, instead resonating as intensely rhythmic visual poems.

Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002) completed the Qatsi Trilogy and further cemented the director's cult status. Accompanying the films' collaged footage of time-lapsed and slow motion images is the extraordinary score of composer Philip Glass, whose haunting and rhythmical composition works in tandem with Reggio's visceral cinematography to create a deeply sensorial cinematic experience.

In his most recent collaboration with Glass, more than thirty years after the release of Koyaanisqatsi, Reggio returns to cinema's forefront with Visitors (2013), a wordless portrait of modern life shot in stunning black-and-white Digital 4K, and presented by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh. With only 74 shots, Visitors offers a meditative look into humanity's trancelike relationship with technology. As part of the series Life with Technology: The Cinema of Godfrey Reggio, MAD will host a special screening of Visitors on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7pm, in anticipation of the film's January 24 New York theatrical release through Cinedigm, at the Landmark Sunshine.

RARE MASTER CLASS WITH GODFREY REGGIO - On Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7pm, Reggio and filmmaker Jon Kane will lead an intimate master class at the Museum and discuss Reggio's career, collaborations and experiential approach to filmmaking. Tickets to A Master Class with Godfrey Reggio are $12 for general admission and $8 for members and students with valid ID.


Life with Technology: The Cinema of Godfrey Reggio is a full retrospective presented by The Museum of Arts and Design. Film screenings will be held in the Theater at MAD, at 2 Columbus Circle. Life with Technology: The Cinema of Godfrey Reggio is organized by Jake Yuzna, Director of Public Programs. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online via For more information about the series, visit


Short Film Works by Godfrey Reggio
Thursday, January 16, 2014, 7pm
Encore screening, Thursday, February 13, 2014, 7pm
Free with Museum Admission

Anima Mundi (1992)
Music by Philip Glass
28 minutes

Commissioned by Italian company Bulgari as part of the World Wildlife Foundation's Biological Diversity campaign, Reggio's Anima Mundi works as a powerful speechless-narrative and poetic cinematic essay that explores man's complex relationship with the natural world. The short film features over seventy animal species and celebrates the variety and beauty of the world's fauna.

Evidence (1995)
Music by Philip Glass
7 minutes

Filmed in Rome and co-authored by Reggio during his term as director of Fabrica, a school fostering exploration and production in the arts, media and technology, this seven-minute film is a surprising depiction of entranced children watching television, offering an intriguing perspective into the subtle but profound effects of modern life on children.

Visitors (2013)
Music by Philip Glass
Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 7pm
MAD Members only

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