Still photos from "Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance"

Hartwick To Screen Documentary Trilogy

January 13, 2011

This January, as part of Hartwick College's 2010-11 "Consumption" theme, free public screenings of The Qatsi Trilogy, directed by Godfrey Reggio and featuring scores by composer Philip Glass, will be presented. The three films employ a non-narrative documentary format in which images and music are utilized without commentary to explore the relationship between man, technology, and the natural environment.

Reggio and 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."

The screenings are scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday, January 20: "Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance"
  • Thursday, January 27: "Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation"
  • Tuesday, February 1: "Naqoyqatsi: Life as War"

All screenings begin at 7 p.m. in Anderson Theatre, Anderson Center for the Arts on the Hartwick College campus. The screenings are free, and the public is invited to attend. Following each film, audience members are invited to participate in a discussion of the films and the issues they raise.

For more information on the films, visit For more information on the screenings, e-mail Dan Morse, Coordinator of Sustainability Programs for the Pine Lake Institute of Environmental and Sustainability Studies, at

The screenings are co-sponsored by the Consumption Theme and the J Term 2011 course ANTH 250: Anthropology of Film.

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