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Midnights at the Baxter presents 'Samsara'
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In 1982, director Godfrey Reggio made an important film entitled Koyaanisqatsi

, a documentary of sorts which showed images of nature juxtaposed with images of humanity, with no narration and accompanied only by an iconic musical score by Phillip Glass. The cinematographer for this film was Ron Fricke, who directed a similar short documentary entitled

Chronos

in 1985. He created another documentary in 1992, the feature-length

Baraka

, which is better-known and often compared to

Koyaanisqatsi

.

Baraka

is stunning – it, too, juxtaposes nature and humanity, with no narration, only music. The images are beautiful and haunting, causing the viewer to think about our connection to the world at large – not just within our culture, but within all of humanity.

Last year, Fricke created a sequel-of-sorts:

Samsara

, created over the course of five years and, like

Baraka

, shot with 70mm film. (For those who don't know, most commercial films are [or were – digital has kind of taken over] shot in 35mm; 70mm is much more clear, and is of higher quality than even the most high-definition digital.) Again,

Samsara

takes us on a journey through the myriad forms of humanity, showing those who live within nature alongside those of us who exploit it for our own destructive purposes.

Samsara

means “the ever-turning wheel of life” in Sanskrit, and it is this that Fricke attempts to explore.

If you need convincing, watch the trailer below – if it doesn't leave you out of breath and in awe, then you probably have no soul.

Baxter Avenue Theater presents a midnight screening of

Samsara

tomorrow, Saturday. The theater is located at 1250 Bardstown Road. Further theater information and advance ticket sales can be found at the Baxter Avenue Theater website.

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There are legitimate theories that the Big Bang originated from the collapse of a black hole in a fourth-dimensional universe. This stuff fascinates me, and I love reading about it. I love reading about science. And about anything, for that matter, provided it's interesting - and everything is potentially interesting, so I'm fascinated by a lot of things. I also read a lot of fiction (Kurt Vonnegut deserves deification) and watch a lot of movies (Charlie Chaplin also deserves deification). I've made a few short films myself. I'm also a writer of everything - I'm close to a Bachelor's in English at IUS. My life consists of reading, writing, bartending, and taking care of my daughter full-time. Life is busy and life is stressful, but that's why there's music and art and other forms of relaxation.

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