Koyaanisqatsi Added to the National Film Registry
December 31, 2000

KOYAANISQATSI joined an elite list of classic American films when it was added to the National Film Registry. Each year, the Library of Congress chooses 25 "culturally, historically, and aesthetically" significant films to be preserved in its archive system. Fully 50% of all films produced before 1950 have been lost forever due to deterioration of the film stock. The Library of Congress has identified the inducted films as worthy of preservation due to their cultural significance.

Dr. James Billington, Librarian of Congress said, "Our film heritage is America's living past. It celebrates the creativity and inventiveness of diverse communities and our nation as a whole. By preserving American films, we safeguard our history and build toward the future."

"We are honored to be included this year with the likes of "Apocalypse Now", "Dracula", and "Goodfellas" on this prestigious list," said Lawrence Taub, one of the producers of KOYAANISQATSI and POWAQQATSI. "This news comes as we are beginning the production of NAQOYQATSI, the third in the trilogy of films started by Godfrey Reggio in 1975. This wonderful recognition helps and inspires us as we move forward with the third part of our QATSI Project."

For more information and to see the complete list of films in the Registry, please click on the link below:

http://lcweb.loc.gov/film/filmnfr.html


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