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Dawson City: Frozen Time

This Blu is a fascinating hybrid of experimental film and historical documentary by Bill Morrison of Decasia fame. Lost film history and the vanished era of the Dawson Gold Rush blend into one story — all touched off by the discovery of tons of rare silent film, buried in the cold ground of the Canadian Yukon. And Donald Trump’s in there too! In the show, not the snow.

Dawson City: Frozen Time

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Kino Lorber Kino Classics

2017 / Color & B&W / 1:78 widescreen & 1:37 Silent Ap / 120 min. / Street Date October 31, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 34.95

Starring: Kathy Jones-Gates, Michael Gates, Sam Kula, Bill O’Farrell, Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo, Bill Morrison.

Film Editor: Bill Morrison

Researchers: Kathy Jones-Gates, Michael Gates

Original Music: Alex Somers; sound design John Somers

Produced by Bill Morrison and Madeleine Molyneaux

Written and Directed by Bill Morrison

Bill Morrison is the celebrated filmmaker of Decasia, a wonderful film
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Electric Boogaloo, the wild untold story of Cannon Films

Director and documentarian Mark Hartley scores both a film history and comedy success with this ‘wild, untold’ account of the 1980s film studio that was both revered and despised by everyone who had contact with it. The ‘cast list’ of interviewees is encyclopedic, everybody has a strong opinion, and some of them don’t need four-letter words to describe their experience!

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

On a double bill with

Machete Maidens Unleashed!

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Umbrella Entertainment (Au, all-region

2014 / Color / 1:77 widescreen / 106 min. / Street Date April 4, 2017 / Available from Umbrella Entertainment / 34.99

Starring: Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus, Al Ruban, Alain Jakubowicz, Albert Pyun, Alex Winter, Allen DeBevoise, Avi Lerner, Barbet Schroeder, Bo Derek, Boaz Davidson, Cassandra Peterson, Catherine Mary Stewart, Charles Matthau, Christopher C. Dewey, Christopher Pearce, Cynthia Hargrave, Dan Wolman, Daniel Loewenthal, David Del Valle, David Paulsen, David Sheehan, David Womark, Diane Franklin, Dolph Lundgren, Edward R. Pressman,
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American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt

At the bitter end of a ten-year slide into ever-cheaper productions, The Cannon Group sends stars David Bradley (a nice guy), Steve James (everyone's favorite) and Marjoe Gortner (a stiff) to South Africa for an anemic entry in this series. Cannon is considered a 'fun' subject this year because of those funny documentaries that came out. Savant cut the trailer for this particular picture, so takes the opportunity to talk about the wild life and times in the Cannon trailer department. American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt Blu-ray Olive Films 19 / B&W / 2:35 1:85 widescreen / 1:37 flat Academy / 90 min. / Street Date August 16, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98 Starring David Bradley, Steve James, Marjoe Gortner, Michele Chan,Yehuda Efroni, Alan Swerdlow. Cinematography George Bartels Film Editor Michael J. Duthie Original Music George S. Clinton Written by Gary Conway from characters by Avi Kleinberger & Gideon Amir Produced by Harry Alan Towers Directed
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The Naked Island

Don't let your boss see this movie, it'll give them ideas. Writer-director Kaneto Shindo reduces the human drama to its basics, as an isolated family endures a backbreaking existence of dawn 'til dusk toil to eke out a living. It's a beautiful but humbling ode to adaptability and human resolve. And the show has no conventional dialogue. The Naked Island Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 811 1960 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 94 min. / Hadaka no shima / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date May 17, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama, Shinji Tanaka, Masanori Horimoto. Cinematography Kiyomi Kuroda Film Editor Toshio Enoki Original Music Hikaru Hayashi Produced by Eisaku Matsuura, Kaneto Shindo Written and Directed by Kaneto Shindo

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Writer-director Kaneto Shindo started his own production company in the 1950s earning critical attention but not great success with pictures on topical themes -- the legacy of Hiroshima, the story of the fishing trawler irradiated by a hydrogen blast.
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1988

Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...

Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.

It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an
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George Lucas working on two movies that won't be released

George Lucas working on two movies that won't be released
George Lucas is working on two movies that he does not intend to release to the public.

The Star Wars filmmaker is writing the experimental films as personal projects in the style of his student days.

"The way [the films] are, they're not really movies that can be released," he told Hero Complex. "They're movies more for myself and maybe I'll show them to some of my friends.

"It costs more to put them out there than it does to make them. These are movies that are never going to make any money or anything."

Lucas intends to return to the more experimental approach he had as a young filmmaker before the success of Star Wars.

"They're like things I did in school or movies I produced, like Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, things like that," he said of the new projects. "But it's different because they're dramatic films. It's very hard to explain because it's never been done yet.
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Competition: Win 'Koyaanisqatsi' and 'Powaqqatsi' *closed*

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Free of traditional storytelling methods - there's no dialogue, no narrative, no cast nor characters - director Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi present exquisite widescreen imagery that weaves and dances, slows and races to the dizzying tempo of Philip Glass's extraordinary scores, tracing life's shift from nature's cycles to technology's inescapable forward momentum. To celebrate the Blu-ray release of these two visionary films this coming Monday (12 May), we have Two bundles of Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi to give away to our loyal readers, courtesy of Arrow Films. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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Exclusive: Go Behind The Scenes Of 'Visitors' With Godfrey Reggio, Steven Soderbergh, Philip Glass & Jon Kane In 8-Minute Look

"The stunningly photographed, often difficult, always transfixing film was not the most satisfying creation on display at Tiff, or for many cinemagoers, its most alluring. But it was without question its most important," correspondent Christopher Schobert wrote in his review of Godfrey Reggio's "Visitors" from Toronto last fall. "Here is a movie that defies simple interpretation and renders reviews—this one included—almost meaningless." And it's hardly a surprise the man behind the still influential trilogy "Koyaanisqatsi," "Powaqqatsi" and "Naqoyqatsi" has once again created a cinematic experience that is beyond words. But to help provide you with context, we've got a pretty terrific 8-minute, behind-the-scenes look at the movie, featuring along with the filmmaker, the participation of Steven Soderbergh (who is "presenting" the film), composer Philip Glass, editor Jon Kane and is narrated by musician/performance artist Laurie Anderson. And it's fascinating stuff....
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Review: Godfrey Reggio's Visitors, A Gorgeous Visual Tone Poem

Koyaanisqatsi (1982), a genre-defining, landmark film that features stunning time-lapse photography and a hypnotic score by Philip Glass, expanded the boundaries of film. It garnered a cult following and spawned countless imitators in the commercial, documentary and narrative film worlds (most recently, Samsara). Its director, Godfrey Reggio, followed it with Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002) to complete the long intended trilogy.Reggio insists his films are not experimental, but rather, experiential. He asserts this notion again with Visitors, his first new film in more than ten years. It's a visual tone poem presented in stunning monochrome 4K. Like his previous -qatsi trilogy, the 'life unbalanced' theme is still present. But consisting of only 74 shots, the film is a much more graceful, subtle, abstract experience. As...

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Interview with Godfrey Reggio and Jon Kane about Visitors.

Godfrey Reggio with Philip Glass, Jon Kane, Steven Soderbergh: "The template of the film is the moving still." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Steven Soderbergh is presenting Visitors, Godfrey Reggio's latest illuminating film collaboration with composer Philip Glass and assistant director/editor Jon Kane.

A girl wears her necklace off-center, a mouth quivers, freckles form constellations on a curious nose. When is there life in a face? Where it goes when it disappears and how fingers become ducks without eyes talking is what can move us in Visitors.

Glass, who collaborated with Reggio on five previous films - Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, Anima Mundi, Evidence, and Naqoyqatsi - described the unique way they work together. "Godfrey is very skillful in taking the technology and figuring out what to do with it…We've done six movies together and every time he says 'I want something completely different.' The music making and the
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Watch: New Trailer For 'Koyaanisqatsi' Director Godfrey Reggio's 'Visitors'

You really can't keep a good Steven Soderbergh down. Supposedly retired from directing after “Behind The Candelabra”, the hyperactive movie-maker is using his time off to lend his name to worthy cinematic projects, and none worthier than “Visitors,” which is to be “presented by” Soderbergh, and for which a new trailer has arrived below.And what is “Visitors”, you ask? Only the first film in 10 years from Godfrey Reggio, perhaps the most celebrated experimental film-maker around today: his “Qatsi” trilogy (“Koyaanisqatsi,” “Powaqqatsi,” “Naqoyqatsi”) released from 1982 to 2002, is a genre defining, strange and powerful set of wordless, plotless mood pieces about man's relationship to the planet and to technology. They're not the easiest films to love, but no one forgets them, and our correspondent felt the very same about “Visitors” when it played at Tiff in September (read our review).“Visitors” will get a wider release on Valentine's Day 2014, but until then there's the trailer to.
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Metrodome takes UK on Visitors

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Submarine Entertainment has licensed UK rights for Godfrey Reggio’s Toronto special presentation Visitors to Metrodome and struck an Italian deal with Feltrinelli Films.

Cinedigm previously acquired all North American rights and plans a fourth quarter 2014 release while Films We Like will distribute in Canada.

The Ire Production in association with Optic Nerve, Noyes Films and Phi Films isReggio’s first film in more than a decade and explores humanity’s relationship with technology.

Reggio’s previous outings include the feted Qatsi documentary trilogy of Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi.

Lawrence Taub, Reggio, Phoebe Greenberg, Penny Mancuso, Jon Kane and Mara Campione produced and Steven Soderbergh, Dan Noyes and Dean Chenoy served as executive producers.

David Koh and Dan Braun of Submarine and Taub negotiated the deals with Metrodome head of acquisitions Giles Edwards and Feltrinelli managing director Anastasia Plazzotta.
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Tiff Review: 'Visitors' From Godfrey Reggio, The Director Of 'Koyaanisqatsi'

The world premiere of Qatsi trilogy director Godfrey Reggio’s long-awaited and eagerly anticipated “Visitors” provided the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival with something extraordinarily unique: its greatest cinematic experience. The stunningly photographed, often difficult, always transfixing film was not the most satisfying creation on display at Tiff, or for many cinemagoers, its most alluring. But it was without question its most important. Here is a movie that defies simple interpretation and renders reviews — this one included—almost meaningless. Booking Reggio’s first film in more than a decade was always going to make waves; his immaculately filmed, non-narrative Qatsi trilogy—“Koyaanisqatsi” (1982), “Powaqqatsi” (1988), and “Naqoyqatsi” (2002)—is rightfully ranked among the most important artistic achievements of the last thirty years. But that was just part of the excitement. For the premiere of “Visitors” at Toronto’s ornate Elgin Theatre, Reggio and his...
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Watch: Steven Soderbergh Presents Godfrey Reggio's 'Visitors' Trailer

The filmmaker behind Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi returns this year with his latest feature. This one is called Visitors, and it's being presented by Steven Soderbergh at the Toronto Film Festival this fall featuring a live performance of Philip Glass' score by Members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The first trailer is out and it's rather odd, with the camera panning across the faces of numerous people. The concept: "Visitors offers an experience of technology and transcendental emotionality, taking viewers to the moon and back to confront them with themselves." If you like the Qatsi trilogy, you'll want to see this. Here's the latest promo trailer for Godfrey Reggio's new film Visitors, found on YouTube: Thirty years after Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio—with the support of Philip Glass and Jon Kane—once again leapfrogs over earthbound filmmakers and creates another stunning, wordless portrait of modern life. Presented by Steven Soderbergh
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Tiff Trailer: 'Koyaanisqatsi' Director Godfrey Reggio's 'Visitors,' Presented By Steven Soderbergh

Yesterday, the first batch of 2013 Tiff titles dropped sending cinephiles into a frenzied excitement with a pretty killer lineup, with many now wondering how many extra days they can stay in Toronto this year. And the advance looks continue to roll out, as today a new trailer has arrived for one of the more intriguing question marks of the forthcoming fest. Godfrey Reggio, the man behind the acclaimed "Koyaanisqatsi, "Powaqqatsi" and "Naqoyqatsi" has a new movie to show off entitled "Visitors," and it looks like it could be his most challenging yet. Bold visuals and a score by Philip Glass are once again key components, but it now features actual performers, staged scenes and more. Plus, Steven Soderbergh — whose had some effusive things to say about the movie — has put his name to the effort with a "presented by" title. Here's the official synopsis: Thirty years after Koyaanisqatsi, with support
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Cinedigm Acquires Reggio/Glass/Kane's 'Visitors,' Presented by Soderbergh, to Debut at Toronto International Film Festival

Cinedigm Acquires Reggio/Glass/Kane's 'Visitors,' Presented by Soderbergh, to Debut at Toronto International Film Festival
Fans of the Godfrey Reggio/Philip Glass "Qatsi" trilogy can look forward to a fourth movie, "Visitors," which Cinedigm has acquired for North America. The black-and-white digital film will world premiere with a live Toronto Symphony Orchestra performance of Glass's score at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival this September. Cinedigm plans to release "Visitors" theatrically in 4K throughout Fall 2013. Seven years in the making, this collaboration from director Reggio, composer Glass and filmmaker Jon Kane follows "Koyaanisqatsi," "Powaqqatsi," and "Naqoyqatsi." “For a world on speed, in rush hour, this film is counter-intuitive to contemporary image-making," said Reggio. "Face-to-face with more to say then can be spoken, one might leave expectations at the door. Cinedigm's enthusiasm for theatrical release and its commitment to innovative marketing and exhibition, offers this odd-one-in an opportunity to seek a life of its own. I can only feel anxious joy as I prepare...
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Godfrey Reggio’s ‘Visitors’ Acquired By Cinedigm For North America

Godfrey Reggio’s ‘Visitors’ Acquired By Cinedigm For North America
Cinedigm has acquired all North American distribution rights to “Visitors,” the non-spoken narrative film from director Godfrey Reggio, composer Philip Glass and filmmaker Jon Kane.

Steven Soderbergh is presenting the black-and-white film, which will be shown in 4K projection. “Visitors” explores humanity’s trance-like relationship with technology and its effects beyond the human species.

It’s the fourth collaboration between Reggio and Glass, following the Qatsi Trilogy formed by “Koyaanisqatsi,” “Powaqqatsi” and “Naqoyqatsi.”

Cinedigm plans to release “Visitors” theatrically in the fall following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The Tiff screening will include a live performance of Glass’s score by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

“I’m thrilled and honored to act as presenter of ‘Visitors,’ which is the definition of a must-see event for anyone who loves cinema,” Soderbergh said. “Thirty years after ‘Koyaanisqatsi,’ Godfrey Reggio–with the support of Philip Glass
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Toronto Film Festival Announces Godfrey Reggio's 'Visitors' As First Official Film From 2013 Program

Toronto Film Festival Announces Godfrey Reggio's 'Visitors' As First Official Film From 2013 Program
Cannes isn't even over yet, but the Toronto International Film Festival has already announced the first official selection for its 2013 edition. The festival has nabbed the world premiere of Godfrey Reggio's "Visitors," which will screen in 4K digital projection with a live orchestral performance by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra of the Philip Glass score. What's more is that Steven Soderbergh is "officially presenting" the film. Update: Cinedigm has just announced that it will handle North American distribution for the film. “Reggio’s 'Visitors' is a poignant, powerful film. Coupled with live performance by 65 Members of the Tso, this event is an opportunity for Toronto audiences to be moved and to experience film in a whole new way,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO, Tiff. "Visitors" is the fourth feature length collaboration between Godfrey Reggio ("Koyaanisqatsi," "Powaqqatsi" and "Naqoyqatsi") and famed composer Philip Glass, together with...
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'Koyaanisqatsi' Helmer Godfrey Reggio To Premiere New Film 'Visitors' At Tiff, Presented By Steven Soderbergh

Our heads (and in some cases, our actual bodies) are still in Cannes, but it's not long at all until the fall festival season starts off. Indeed, the Toronto International Film Festival reps aren't waiting for Cannes to wrap up to make their first announcement, as news has come in of a high-profile screening that, while it won't exactly be grabbing tabloid headlines, will certainly interest a certain kind of film fan very much indeed. Deadline are reporting that Godfrey Reggio, the experimental filmmaker behind the acclaimed "Koyaanisqatsi," and its two sequels "Powaqqatsi" and "Naqoyqatsi," has completed a new film, his first in eleven years, entitled (in a break with tradition) "Visitors", and the film will premiere at Tiff on September 8th. If you've never seen the films, they're art/documentary hybrids, stunningly shot, and accompanied by scores by Philip Glass, dealing with industrialization in the first world, and the increasing influence of technology.
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Godfrey Reggio’s ‘Qatsi’ Trilogy and the Diminishing Returns of Pure Cinema

The Qatsi series is made up of several compelling contradictions. On the one hand, the first film, Koyaanisqatsi (1983), was a unique-for-its-time, one-of-a-kind event; but on the other hand, that film used many of the same cinematic tactics and strategies common to “pure cinema” (or “absolute film”) projects that characterized experimental filmmaking in the 1920s, like Dziga Vertov’s Man with the Movie Camera, Fernand Leger’s Ballet Mechanique, and the geometric filmmaking of Viking Eggeling. On the one hand, the Qatsi series is often celebrated as a series, or as an accomplishment characterized by a long-term vision realized across several films; but on the other hand, celebrations of the weight and accomplishment of this series are often relegated to the first film. Koyaanisqatsi’s sequels, Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002), are only mentioned a fraction as often as the landmark first film. On the one hand, this trilogy is one of the most radical critical critiques of capitalism and
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