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Silent, Black-And-White 'Visitors' Arrive At O Cinema

Courtesy of Kareem Tabsch at O Cinema

Humanity, its attachment to technology and the widespread impact this relationship produces are all examined in Godfrey Reggio's film "Visitors" - without a single line of dialogue.

"Visitors" treads  "the line between video art and art cinema"  and is an "amazing audio and video experience," says Kareem Tabsch, co-founder and director of O Cinema, where the film is being screened.

The only music and sound in the 90-minute, black-and-white film were composed by Phillip Glass.

The project is the fourth silent film produced by Glass and Reggio. The duo started collaborating on films in 1983 with the production of another dialogue-free film, "Koyaanisqatsi." The film evolved into a series of pseudo-documentary-style films known as the "qatsi triology," all also dialogue-free.

Tabsch feels art and music aficionados will greatly appreciate the film, "music is integral ... you will adore it."

The screening ties in with the third anniversary of the venue and is the first film to be screened since recent upgrades were added to the theater due to a grant from the James L. Knight Foundation. The cinema was able to purchase a DCP projector system, the same used in commercial movie theaters; a 7.1 surround sound system and to double its screen size and seating capacity.

"Visitors" will screen from Feb. 20 through 23. General admission costs $10.50, $9.00 for seniors and students.

O Cinema is located at 90 NW 29th St., Miami.

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