Directed by Godfrey Reggio

Friday, October 10, 2014
October 10, 2014

Presented by Steven Soderbergh , Visitors reveals humanity’s trancelike relationship with technology, which connects humans in extreme emotional states to experiences far outside themselves. Beyond simply relaying information about the historical moment in which we live, the film is a visceral exploration of the senses and the kinds of machinery we’ve built to expand them.

Visitors, the fourth feature-length collaboration between filmmaker Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi) and composer Philip Glass, was made with filmmaker Jon Kane. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Reggio and Langdon Winner, Rensselaer professor of science and technology studies.

A panel discussion with Director Geodfrey Reggio and Rensselaer Professor Langdon Winner will follow the screening.

Emily Zimmerman

Godfrey Reggio is a pioneer of a form of filmmaking that uses poetic image sequences to build toward moments of extraordinary emotional impact and transcendence. He is best known for the Qatsi trilogy: essays of image and music that question the world in which we live. Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi, made in collaboration with composer Philip Glass and photography director Ron Fricke, drew critical acclaim from national and international audiences and launched the Qatsi trilogy. Reggio’s filmography, all scored by collaborator Philip Glass, includes Koyaanisqatsi (1982), Powaqqatsi (1988), Naqoyqatsi (2002), Anima Mundi (1992), and Evidence (1995). For the past 13 years, Reggio has been on the faculty of the Telluride Film Festival as a resident curator and presenter of films. He also lectures on technology, culture, and cinema.

87 minutes
October 10, 2014, 7PM
Panel discussion with Godfrey Reggio and Langdon Winner
October 10, 2014, 8:30PM
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EMPAC 2014-2015 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, the Boeing Company Charitable Trust, and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks extended to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for continued support of artist commissions.

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