Cinedigm nabs Toronto-bound, Wordless 'Visitors'

The black and write, dialogue-free film was directed by Geoffrey Reggio and scored by Philip Glass with filmmaker Jon Kane.

Cinedigm has acquired North American distribution rights to Visitors, a black and white movie with no spoken dialogue from director Godfrey Reggio, composer Philip Glass and filmmaker Jon Kane that is being “presented” by Steven Soderbergh.

The movie will be presented in theaters using 4k projection in a slow rollout after its Toronto International Film Festival premiere in September, which will feature a live performance of Glass’s score by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Reggio, Glass and Kane previously collaborated on the Qatsi Trilogy - the films Koyaanisqatsi (1983), Powaqqatsi (1988), and Naqoyqatsi (2002).

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Visitors is described in Wednesday's acquisition announcement as a movie that “reveals humanity’s trancelike relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species. The film is visceral, offering the audience an experience beyond information about the moment in which we live. Comprised of only seventy-four shots, Visitors takes viewers on a journey to the moon and back to confront them with themselves."

Cinedigm Co-President Susan Margolin called the movie “truly a mind-altering one-of-a-kind cinema event.”

“For a world on speed, in rush hour, this film is counter-intuitive to contemporary image-making,” said Reggio. “Face-to-face with more to say then can be spoken, one might leave expectations at the door. Cinedigm's enthusiasm for theatrical release and its commitment to innovative marketing and exhibition, offers this odd-one-in an opportunity to seek a life of its own. I can only feel anxious joy as I prepare to see this child take its first step.”

Cinedigm’s Director of Acquisitions Emily Rothschild negotiated the deal with Larry Taub, who represented the filmmakers.