—Director Godfrey Reggio reveals humanity's trance-like relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species. The film is visceral, offering the audience an experience beyond information about the moment in which we live. Comprised of only seventy-four shots, VISITORS takes viewers on a journey to the moon and back to confront them with themselves.
Godfrey Reggio - Director & Writer
Born and raised in New orleans, Godfrey reggio was a Christian Brother and a Catholic monk from 1954 to 1968 in Louisiana and New Mexico. reggio co-founded La Clinica de la Gente, a community clinic that provided medical and dental care to 12,000 members in Santa Fe, and La Gente, a community organizing project in northern New Mexico’s barrios. in 1963, he established Young Citizens For Action, another community organizing project with street gangs in Santa Fe. in 1972, he co-founded the institute for regional education in Santa Fe, a nonprofit organization focused on media development, cinema, arts and research. He is best known for the feature films comprising The Qatsi Trilogy (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi) as well as the short films Anima Mundi and Evidence.
Phoebe Greenberg - Producer
An artist and a businesswoman, Phoebe Greenberg has devoted her life to art and culture. In 2007, she launched DHC/ART, her foundation for contemporary art whose mission is to showcase the work of the best contemporary artists in the world, including Marc Quinn, Sophie Calle, Nancy Davenport, Christian Marclay, Ryoji Ikeda and Thomas Demand, to name but a few. In 2008, with the construction of the Phi Centre underway, Phoebe made her first foray into filmmaking. She conceived and produced the short film Next Floor by Denis Villeneuve, (Best Short Film at the Cannes International Critics’ Week). In 2011, she was Associate Producer of Incendies, which took Villenuve to the Oscars that year. She also produced Hope by Pedro Pires, Kivalina, by Ben Addelman, Cochemare by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, and Visitors by Godfrey Reggio, slated for release in 2013. Finally, in June 2012, after more than four years of construction, Phoebe Greenberg opened the doors to a unique arts centre in Montreal: the Phi Centre. A highly intelligent centre that proves the scope of Phoebe Greenberg’s vision. A centre whose mission is to create a gathering place for art.
Penny Mancuso - Producer
Penny Mancuso is equally at ease in the world of art as she is in the world of business. That’s what makes her such an indispensable collaborator with Phoebe Greenberg. Penny is President of the Phi Group and all its entities, including the Phi Centre and Phi Films, which led her to produce films such as Next Floor and Incendies by Denis Villeneuve, as well as Cochemare by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, and Visitors by Godfrey Reggio, both slated for release in 2013. Penny is also a big music fan. She has worked with partners from around the world to help develop and market new talent like Yoav, Black Lips and Band of Skulls. With the opening of the famous Phi Centre in June 2012, Penny Mancuso is now taking on a challenge on par with her talent: to create a gathering place for art.
Jon Kane - Associate Director / Editor
Jon Kane discovered the art of editing while experimenting with remixes as a club DJ in college. editing led to directing which led to the creation of his company opticnerve™ in 1991. Since that time, Kane has done notable work as a commercial director and editor. in 2001, Kane collaborated with director Godfrey reggio and composer Philip Glass on Naqoyqatsi, the third film in The Qatsi Trilogy, as editor and visual designer. Visitors is Kane’s second feature film with reggio and Glass, this time as producer, associate director and editor. Produced by opticnerve™, the film was shot on location in Louisiana, New York and New Jersey. Post-production and visual effects were produced at the opticnerve™, studios in Red Hook Brooklyn.
Philip Glass - Composer
Through his operas, symphonies, compositions for his own ensemble, and wide-ranging collaborations with artists from twyla tharp to Allen Ginsberg, and from Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times. Visitors represents the sixth collaboration between Glass and reggio, which also includes The Qatsi Trilogy, Anima Mundi, and Evidence. recently, his opera, The Perfect American, based on the life of Walt Disney, premiered in January at teatro real Madrid and the english National opera. Another opera, The Lost, premiered at the Landestheater Linz in April. His Ninth Symphony had its US premiere at Carnegie Hall on his 75th birthday in 2012, and his Tenth Symphony premiered in France in August 2012. Current commissions include the recently completed Two Movements for Four Pianos, String Quartet No.6 for Kronos Quartet, an orchestral song cycle for Angélique Kidjo, and an opera based on Franz Kafka’s The Trial.
Director: Godfrey Reggio
Music: Philip Glass
Associate Director / Editor: Jone Kane
Executive Producer: Dan Noyes
Producers: Lawrence Taub and Godrey Reggio
Producers: Phoebe Greenberg and Penny Mancuso
Producers: Jon Kane and Mara Campione
Executive Producer: Dean Chenoy
Cinematography: Trish Govoni, Graham Berry and Tom Lowe
Editor: Chris Besecker
Dramaturgical Associates: Tay Hemenez and Danguti
Research Director: Ray Hemenez
Effects Supervisor: Max Blecker