MIRAMAX ACQUIRES THE RIGHTS TO THE THIRD FILM IN THE QATSI TRILOGY
Non-Narrative Film Being Presented by Miramax and Steven Soderbergh
Miramax Films has acquired the worldwide rights to "NAQOYQATSI,"
produced by Lawrence Taub and Joe Beirne and directed by Godfry
Reggio, it was announced today by Miramax co-president of production
Bob Osher. Steven Soderbergh is the executive producer of the project,
which is being presented by Miramax and Soderbergh. Philip Glass
composed the music, which features renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, for
"NAQOYQATSI," a non-narrative film that chronicles the transition
of the natural world to a "new" nature, a world consumed by technology
and violence. It is the third film of The QATSI Trilogy, which included
"POWAQQATSI" and "KOYAANISQATSI".
"NAQOYQATSI" was financed by Miramax, Steven Soderbergh, and the
Institute for Regional Education and its affiliated Fund for Change,
which were also were responsible for developing the project.
"This project would have never happened without Reggio's creativity
and vision and Steven's support," said Bob Osher. "This is the type
of Independent film that Miramax has always supported. We are happy
to be part of such an artistic project."
"Godfrey Reggio has created yet another landmark film," said Steven
Soderbergh. "NAQOYQATSI is an explosion of ideas and imagery; a
riveting, rigorous, provocative, and breathtaking exploration of
how wešve allowed technology to infiltrate our everyday lives. Once
again, Harvey Weinstein proves that in addition to being a champion
of independent cinema, Miramax Films is both fearless and prescient."
"Philip Glass and myself are honored and most thankful for the trust
we have received from Steven Soderbergh and Harvey Weinstein to
finance and complete a dream come true, the last film of the QATSI
Trilogy, NAQOYQATSI," said Godfrey Reggio. "To embrace a non-narrative
film, a poetic cinema of image and music, is by our reckoning, no
Osher and Eric Roth, svp of business and legal affairs, negotiated
the deal on behalf of Miramax. Pat Dollard and Mike Adler negotiated
on behalf of Soderbergh. Taub negotiated on behalf the Institute
for Regional Education/Fund for Change.
Godfrey Reggio, along with Philip Glass, developed the distinctive
film style of "concert cinema," which fuses poetic images and original
music to create works of extraordinary emotive impact for audiences
worldwide. Reggio is prominent in the film world for his QATSI films,
which posit technology as the new and comprehensive global environment
-- "the new nature." Reggio, who spent 14 years in silence, prayer
and teaching while a monk in the Catholic Church, has a history
of working with street gangs and of service for social, economic
and environmental justice, from the neighborhood level to the global
ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR REGIONAL EDUCATION
Since its inception, in 1973, the Institute for Regional Education,
has been dedicated to promoting and providing information and resources
to the general public. Beginning with a major public-interest advertising
campaign in 1974 (in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties
Foundation), a primary focus of the IRE has been public media and
outreach including everything from community-based video, to public
art and sculpture displays, to the creation and production of the
feature films KOYAANISQATSI (1982), POWAQQATSI (1988) and NAQOYQATSI
(2002) as well as the short film ANIMA MUNDI (1991), made for the
Worldwide Fund for Nature as part of its Biological Diversity campaign.
Another emphasis has been research, and research training for non-profit
and community-based groups, as well as for investigative and other
journalists. A further focus includes the providing of technical
assistance and support through organizational, administrative, and
fund-raising expertise to nonprofit organizations together with
serving as advisors to foundations and other donors on issues, potential
grantees and managing philanthropic funds.
For more information, please contact the organizationšs President,
Steve Goldin at email@example.com.
Koyaanisqatsi Added to the National Film Registry
December 31, 2000
joined an elite list of classic American films when it was added
to the National Film Registry. Each year, the Library of Congress
chooses 25 "culturally, historically, and aesthetically" significant
films to be preserved in its archive system. Fully 50% of all films
produced before 1950 have been lost forever due to deterioration
of the film stock. The Library of Congress has identified the inducted
films as worthy of preservation due to their cultural significance.
James Billington, Librarian of Congress said, "Our film heritage
is America's living past. It celebrates the creativity and inventiveness
of diverse communities and our nation as a whole. By preserving
American films, we safeguard our history and build toward the future."
honored to be included this year with the likes of "Apocalypse Now",
"Dracula", and "Goodfellas" on this prestigious list," said Lawrence
Taub, one of the producers of KOYAANISQATSI and POWAQQATSI. "This
news comes as we are beginning the production of NAQOYQATSI, the
third in the trilogy of films started by Godfrey Reggio in 1975.
This wonderful recognition helps and inspires us as we move forward
with the third part of our QATSI Project."
more information and to see the complete list of films in the Registry,
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