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The Reggio / IRE Koyannisqatsi Collection

For more than 30 years, Godfrey Reggio has been making narrative and documentary films that challenge cultural assumptions and push the boundaries of the medium. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Reggio has traveled and lived throughout Mexico and the American Southwest, and his films reflect both his aesthetic and philosophy. A boundary-breaking filmmaker, Reggio has worked closely with composer Phillip Glass.

Qatsi trilogy

His seminal Qatsi trilogy examines the balance between technology and the environment and what it means for the future. The films of the trilogy— Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi—were released between 1982 and 2002.

The Reggio/IRE Koyannisqatsi Collection consists of production elements, including sound and picture outtakes, and final release elements for all of Reggio’s projects in their original release formats; fifty-five cubic feet of paper and photograph based materials documenting the work of Reggio and the Institute for Regional Education, a not-for-profit foundation co-founded by Reggio in Santa Fe in 1973 dedicated to promoting and providing information and resources to the general public which they would otherwise not receive.

A clip of an audio recording documenting an early IRE meeting regarding the New Mexico Civil Liberties Union privacy campaign. HFA item #41071, IRE Privacy Project Early Meeting.

A major focus of the IRE has been public media and outreach, including everything from community-based video, to public art and sculpture displays, to creating and producing path-breaking films.

Institute for Regional Education

In 1972, Godfrey Reggio co-founded the Institute for Regional Education in Santa Fe, a non-profit foundation focused on media development, the arts, community organization and research.

In 1974 and 1975, with funding from the American Civil Liberties Union, Reggio co-organized a multi- media public interest campaign on the invasion of privacy and the use of technology to control behavior. The campaign included billboards, newspaper ads, and public service announcements.

Collected and created by the filmmaker over the course of his career, these materials will provide scholars with new insight into Reggio’s oeuvre.

IRE’s public service announcements that aired on local TV channels in northern New Mexico in 1974 and 1975

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