March 29, 1940 |
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
|Occupation||film director and screenwriter|
(1984)-Audience Award for Best Feature Film Koyaanisqatsi at the São Paulo International Film Festival (1988)-Audience Award for Koyaanisqatsi at the Warsaw International Film Festival
(1992)-Golden Conch Award for Best Non-Fiction Film Under 40 Minutes Duration for Anima Mundi at the Bombay International Documentary, Short and Animation Film Festival(1992)-Golden Space Needle Award for Best Short Film for Anima Mundi at the Seattle International Film Festival
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Reggio co-founded La Clinica de la Gente, a facility that provided medical care to 12,000 community members in Santa Fe, and La Gente, a community-organizing project in Northern New Mexico's barrios. In 1963 he co-founded Young Citizens for Action, a community organization project that aided juveniles among the street gangs in Santa Fe. In 1972, he co-founded the Institute for Regional Education in Santa Fe, a non-profit foundation focused on media development, the arts, community organization, and research.
Reggio has been involved in many progressive political causes in the United States, including work for the American Civil Liberties Union, co-organizing a multi-media public interest campaign on the invasion of privacy and the use of technology to control behavior. Reggio resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is currently focusing on a narrative-based film exploring the negative impacts of consumerism and fundamentalism on the world. Godfrey Reggio participated in the Stock Exchange of Visions project in 2006.
Reggio is most known for his Qatsi trilogy, which includes the films Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi. All of the film titles are taken from the Hopi language; Koyaanisqatsi meaning "life out of balance," Powaqqatsi meaning "life in transformation," and Naqoyqatsi meaning "life as war." In 1995 he directed the short feature entitled Evidence that featured, like the Qatsi Trilogy, a soundtrack composed by his friend Philip Glass. Also, he has directed a documentary Anima Mundi. This film was funded by the World Wide Fund for Nature to promote their Diversity Program. Reggio spent fourteen years in fasting, silence and prayer, training to be a monk within the Congregation of Christian Brothers, a Roman Catholic pontifical order, before abandoning that path and making the films.
Reggio has recently been working on a new film, The Holy See, and is currently in post-production. Philip Glass returns as the film's composer, and Jon Kane as the Visual Designer (having also worked on Naqoyqatsi with Reggio in 2002). Two trailers for the film are available online.
- Koyaanisqatsi (1982) aka: Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance
- Powaqqatsi (1988) aka: Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation
- Songlines (1989)
- Anima Mundi (1992) aka: The Soul of the World
- Evidence (1995)
- Naqoyqatsi (2002) aka: Naqoyqatsi: Life as War
- The Holy See (TBA)
- "Koyaanisqatsi - About Us - Godfrey Reggio". Retrieved 2010-10-07.
- qatsi trilogy homepage
- Godfrey Reggio at the Internet Movie Database
- Stock Exchange Of Visions: Visions of Godfrey Reggio
- Godfrey Reggio's The Holy See