A film by Godfrey Reggio, Philip Glass and Jon Kane presented by Steven Soderbergh
Coming Soon 2014
New York, NY
Santa Fe, NM
Jacob Burns Film Center
Los Angeles, CA
Ritz at The Bourse
Midtown Art Cinema
Thirty years after Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio–with the support of Philip Glass and Jon Kane–once again leapfrogs over earth-bound filmmakers and creates another stunning, wordless portrait of modern life. Presented by Steven Soderbergh in Black and White digital 4K projection, VISITORS reveals humanity’s trancelike relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species. The film is visceral, offering the audience an experience beyond information about the moment in which we live. Comprised of only seventy-four shots, VISITORS takes viewers on a journey to the moon and back to confront them with themselves.
Born and raised in New orleans, Godfrey reggio was a Christian Brother and a Catholic monk from 1954 to 1968 in Louisiana and New Mexico. reggio co-founded La Clinica de la Gente, a community clinic that provided medical and dental care to 12,000 members in Santa Fe, and La Gente, a community organizing project in northern New Mexico’s barrios. in 1963, he established Young Citizens For Action, another community organizing project with street gangs in Santa Fe. in 1972, he co-founded the institute for regional education in Santa Fe, a nonprofit organization focused on media development, cinema, arts and research. He is best known for the feature films comprising The Qatsi Trilogy (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi) as well as the short films Anima Mundi and Evidence,
Through his operas, symphonies, compositions for his own ensemble, and wide-ranging collaborations with artists from twyla tharp to Allen Ginsberg, and from Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times. Visitors represents the sixth collaboration between Glass and reggio, which also includes The Qatsi Trilogy, Anima Mundi, and Evidence. recently, his opera, The Perfect American, based on the life of Walt Disney, premiered in January at teatro real Madrid and the english National opera. Another opera, The Lost, premiered at the Landestheater Linz in April. His Ninth Symphony had its US premiere at Carnegie Hall on his 75th birthday in 2012, and his Tenth Symphony premiered in France in August 2012. Current commissions include the recently completed Two Movements for Four Pianos, String Quartet No.6 for Kronos Quartet, an orchestral song cycle for Angélique Kidjo, and an opera based on Franz Kafka’s The Trial.
Jon Kane discovered the art of editing while experimenting with remixes as a club DJ in college. editing led to directing which led to the creation of his company opticnerve™ in 1991. Since that time, Kane has done notable work as a commercial director and editor. in 2001, Kane collaborated with director Godfrey reggio and composer Philip Glass on Naqoyqatsi, the third film in The Qatsi Trilogy, as editor and visual designer. Visitors is Kane’s second feature film with reggio and Glass, this time as producer, associate director
and editor. Produced by opticnerve™, the film was shot on location in Louisiana, New York and New Jersey. Post-production and visual effects were produced at the opticnerve™, studios in Red Hook Brooklyn
Steven Soderbergh is a writer, director, producer, cinematographer, and editor. He lives in New York.
Michael Riesman, the multi-talented composer, conductor, keyboardist, and record producer, has influenced many of today’s greatest talents as the innovative musical director of the world-renowned Philip Glass ensemble. Riesman has had a long-lived collaborative relationship with Philip Glass. indeed, when Glass received his Golden Globe Award in 1999 for The Truman Show score, he publicly proclaimed Riesman “a genius.” Riesman has been playing keyboards in the Philip Glass ensemble since 1974, and has served as its musical director since 1976.