Light Show + Koyaanisqatsi

Part of Queens Drive-In (Oct/Nov) & Queens Drive-In
Saturday, November 7, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

Queens Drive-In, on the grounds of the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, is located at 47-01 111th Street, Corona, New York 11368

With an introduction by Joshua White (founder of the Joshua Light Show)

Light Show
Dirs. Elsa Garmire, Ivan Dryer, Thomas Wilfred, Joshua White. US, 1930–2015, 30 mins. This rare showcase of films connects to the origins of the popular laser light show Laserium, the longest running theatrical attraction in Los Angeles. The program will feature the original, proof-of-concept video Laserimage (1972), created by physicist Elsa Garmire and filmmaker Ivan Dryer to convince the Griffith Observatory and Planetarium to open their doors to musicians and laserists; Joshua White’s Joshua Light Show, which used techniques like colored oil and water dye to accompany live music–most infamously at the Fillmore East in the late 60s; and work by Danish light art pioneer Thomas Wilfred that inspired these filmmakers, captured beautifully on screen by AJ Epstein.

Dir. Godfrey Reggio. US, 1982, 86 mins. Koyaanisqatsi is a ravishing visual symphony that explores the reaches of modern decay. Unprecedented in its style and approach at the time of its release in 1982, director Godfrey Reggio’s kaleidoscopic synthesis of images is just as remarkable nearly 40 years later. Commercialization, pollution, congestion, and demolition echo throughout an array of incredible scenes far too numerous and nuanced to list, set to an original score by Philip Glass, without a single word of dialogue or narration.

Tickets: $45 per car (up to 5 passengers per car). Members of the presenting organizations will receive a 15% discount. Order tickets online. Learn more about membership and join here. Doors will open each night around 6:30 p.m., events will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end by 11:00 p.m.

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