Godfrey Reggio

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
A former Roman Catholic monk who was asked to leave his order in 1968 because of his political activities, Godfrey Reggio eventually moved into TV as a means of spotlighting problems he was encountering as a social ... Read more »
Born: 03/29/1940 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Director (7)

Visitors 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Naqoyqatsi 2002 (Movie)

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Evidence 1994 (Movie)

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Anima Mundi 1993 (Movie)

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Powaqqatsi 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Songlines 1988 (Movie)

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Koyaanisqatsi 1983 (Movie)

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Producer (4)

Visitors 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Naqoyqatsi 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Powaqqatsi 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Koyaanisqatsi 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (4)

Visitors 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Naqoyqatsi 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Powaqqatsi 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Koyaanisqatsi 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (1)
Other (1)

Koyaanisqatsi 1983 (Movie)

concept (Other)

Biography

A former Roman Catholic monk who was asked to leave his order in 1968 because of his political activities, Godfrey Reggio eventually moved into TV as a means of spotlighting problems he was encountering as a social worker. His non-narrative feature films, "Koyaanisqatsi" (1982), which examined life in North America, and "Powaqqatsi" (1988), which examined the native cultures of Africa, the Middle East, India and South America, continued to explore such issues, though they are primarily seen as hallucinatory visual feasts, making liberal use of slow-motion and stop-motion techniques and set to the hypnotic music of Philip Glass. Indeed, in retrospect, Reggio's films appear to be a harbinger of the MTV style that came to dominate the 1990s, one which married image and score to create a unique aural and visual experience. He lent the same craft to his short films, "Anima Mundi" (1991) and "Evidence" (1994). Since 1988, Reggio has been trying to raise the funding for the third in his "Qatsi" trilogy. The proposed film, "Naqqyqatsi," would examine the effects of technology on the world. Reggio expected to utilize existing stock footage which he would manipulate digitally.

EDUCATION

College of Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Christian Brothers school

Milestones

2002

Completed his trilogy with "Naqoyqatsi", looking at technology and the world

1994

Shot the eight-minute short "Evidence", about the relationship between children and television

1993

Invited by Benneton to develop a school of exploration and production of the arts, technology and mass media in Treviso, Italy; served two-years as director of the school

1991

Directed the 28-minute short "Anima Mundi/The Soul of the World" (released in the USA in 1993); again featured a score by Philip Glass; film was commissioned by the Bulgari jewelry company and made with the cooperation of the World Wide Fund for Nature

1989

Contributed to the omnibus feature "Songlines"

1988

Co-wrote, co-produced and directed "Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation", again using a Glass score; second in a proposed trilogy; shot between 1985 and 1987

1982

Feature directorial debut, "Koyaanisqatsi"; also produced and co-wrote; used images shot by cinematographer Ron Fricke and a hypnotic score by composer Philip Glass; film released under the banner of "Francis Ford Coppola presents"; title is a Hopi Indian

1975

Began working on footage that would eventually be incorporated in his debut film

1972

Was involved in the formation of the Institute for Regional Education, which focused on media development, the arts, community organization and research

1968

Asked by the Christian Brothers to go to Rome to work in ther order's archives; opted to leave religious life

1963

Co-founded Younfg Citizens for Action, which aided street gangs

1954

At age 14, entered the Christian Brothers order (date approximate)

Born in New Orleans, Lousiana

Was a co-founder of La Cinica de la Gente, which provided medical care to the impoverished of Santa Fe, New Mexico

Moved to New Mexico to study; began working in the local community

Bonus Trivia

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Of his decision to enter the religious life as a teenager, Reggio told Ty Burr in The New York Times (March 19, 2000): "It allowed me, in effect, not to grow up in the 1950's of the United States, but in the Middle Ages, or in 16th-century Europe. Not that that was better, but it was certainly different. I mean, instead of collecting baseball cards I was collecting holy cards."

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There is a Web site devoted to Reggio and his films at http://www.koyaanisqatsi.org

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