Closed Mondays is a favorite movie short that I first saw in high school. My art teacher showed us a 16mm copy of it years ago in the late 1980’s. Will Vinton and Bob Gardiner made it in 1974 and it won the Academy Award for Animated Short Film that same year. The movie is just as delightful today as it was when I saw first saw it in class.
This is the preview for the 1982 movie Koyaanisqatsi which was directed by Godfrey Reggio. The music was composed by Philip Glass. The movie is made up of images and music. Time-lapse photography is used through much of the film to document the elements, nature and people.
I first saw this film when I was a freshman in college. I crashed a class called Aesthetics which was taught by beloved professor Larry Bakke. Due to the meditative nature of the film, some students fell asleep. I stayed awake and enjoyed the visual and musical ride. I had studied surrealistic films when I was in high school, but Koyaanisqatsi was different. At the time, I didn’t get to see the full duration of the film since it was longer than the class. It wasn’t until a few years later when I finally saw the whole thing. I watch the film again every so often.
André Tchelistcheff was a remarkable man. He was the one person responsible for the success of the US American winemakers after prohibition. He lived from 1901 – 1994. His grand-nephew, Mark Tchelistcheff, made a documentary about his uncle titled, André: The Voice of Wine.
The documentary is complete and currently seeking funding.