CANCELED: Koyaanisqatsi

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Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi (a Hopi word for “life out of balance”) is one of the most successful avant-garde films of all time, a spectacular montage of images of American landscapes, industrial sites, cities, and people propelled by Philip Glass’s classic score. Without dialogue, viewers are free to glean their own impressions. American Zoetrope aided the completion of Koyaanisqatsi by providing editing facilities and support from Apocalypse Now editor Dennis Jakob, and the film was distributed under the auspices of Francis Ford Coppola Presents.

Kate MacKay
  • Ron Fricke
  • No dialogue
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 86 mins
  • Park Circus