Wednesday, March 26, 2008

SXU screens visual concert “Koyaanisqatsi” on April 8

Final film in environmental series

Chicago (March 26, 2008) A screening of the 1983 visual concert film "Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance" will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in Saint Xavier University’s McGuire Hall, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

The screening, which is free and open to the public, is the sixth and final film in the 2007-2008 SXU Film and the Environment Series. McGuire Hall is located in the Warde Academic Center.

Directed by Godfrey Reggio, the film’s title comes from the Hopi Native American words for “crazy life,” “life in turmoil,” or “life out of balance.” It depicts the juxtaposition of natural environments with the ways humans influence their surroundings and is set to the music of minimalist composer Philip Glass.

The film makes heavy use of time-lapse and slow-motion photography to compare different types of physical motion. It highlights the ways in which modern life follows natural patterns, yet is in chaos and disarray.

The film is one hour and 27 minutes and will be projected by DVD. The series is supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, Saint Xavier’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Art and Design. For more information, please contact Film Series Director Alison Fraunhar, Ph.D., at or (773) 298-3083.


Contact: Rick Ducat
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