I met Godfrey once[humblebrag alert] at the Telluride FF a few years back, really cool, interesting guy. He was a former Roman Catholic monk, who was asked to leave the order because of the many politically progressive activities he was involved in, including health care and community organizing in the barrios of New Mexico, as well as working with the American Civil Liberties Union. He also happens to be a very tall dude, 6’7”. And as nice as they come.
Can’t really tell where this is going, but if it’s Reggio, I’ll take the trip.
Godfrey Reggio, the filmmaker who made Koyaanisqatsi, is completing a new film, his first in eleven years, entitled Visitors. This is a confusing trailer from when it was going to be called The Holy See.
Reggio’s “pure cinema” works are hard to sum up in a sentence, and the new film is no different. “It’s connected to the other Qatsi films in the sense it’s Godfrey’s wordless take on a certain subject, but he’s changed his game here,” Soderbergh said. “There’s more directing in it, more things he’s specifically staging for the camera than he’s done before, and there are performers in the film. He’s taken what he does and pushed it into a new area, which was really exciting for me to watch. It’s thirty years ago this year when Koyaanisqatsi came out. I watched it again, and there just isn’t a single, visual idea in that movie that hasn’t been ripped off, assimilated, regurgitated, built upon. Actually I watched all three films again, and it made me laugh how other directors just took his language and just ran with it. Here, he’s moved the goal post as if to challenge others and say, ‘Alright, let’s see what you can do with this.’ It’s so striking, but not necessarily immediately applicable to what everybody else does. They’ll have to work to steal this one.”
Isabella Rossellini is probably the only renowned female actress who has fully embraced the medium of the web video. In her latest effort, Mammas, she takes an unsentimental look at motherhood — very unsentimental. The mothers in the new series of film shorts take multiple husbands, abandon their young, even cannibalize them. And they take maternal self-sacrifice to an extreme, letting their hungry young devour them. Studio 360 got the lowdown.