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The Coastal Awakening is a group of local writers, artists, historians, chefs, surfers, and naturalists dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the indigenous counter-culture of the central coast. Every year the Coastal Awakening sponsors several films grouped around a central theme. Two years ago, it focused on the Beat Generation. Last year is was “Facing Fascism.” This year, the focus is on three films featuring the life and art of avant-garde “classicist” composer and pianist Philip Glass, whose works are to contemporary music what the best Beat literature is to American Literature.

Since 2011 Glass has established his presence on the Central Coast through his founding of The Philip Glass Center for the Arts, Science, and the Environment located in Big Sur/Carmel. The center is dedicated “to gathering the world’s leaders in the ?elds of art, science, and the environment for a broad array of interdisciplinary activities including performances, seminars, and educational programs that inspire and motivate the public to become engaged with matters vital to the future of the natural environment and the quality of human existence.”

This fascination with the intersection of ideas may explain Glass’s affection for the Central Coast! And it is why Coastal Awakening is sponsoring Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (2007), a documentary on the life of American composer, along with two other celebrated films that feature Academy Award winning original scores by Glass: his film score Koyaanisqatsi (1982) and Kundun (1997), directed by Martin Scorsese.

GLASS: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (2007)

For 18 months, Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director Scott Hicks followed the legendary Philip Glass across three continents, creating a remarkable portrait of this brilliant composer. Allowed unprecedented access to Glass’ working process and collaborators (including Martin Scorsese and Errol Morris) Hicks presents a unique glimpse into the life of one of the greatest artists of this or any era.
Documentary. 119 min.


Koyaanisqatsi, directed by Godfrey Reggio, 1982. Courtesy of Park Circus/Institute for Regional Education.

An unconventional work in every way, Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaaanisqatsi was nevertheless a sensation when it was released in 1983. The first work of The Qatsi Trilogy wordlessly surveys the rapidly changing environments of the Northern Hemisphere, in an astonishing collage created by the director, cinematographer Ron Fricke, and composer Philip Glass. It shuttles viewers from one jaw-dropping vision to the next, moving from images of untouched nature to others depicting human beings’ increasing dependence on technology.
Documentary/Experimental. 86 min.

KUNDUN (1997)

Praised as one the best films of 1997, Martin Scorsese’s Kundun received four Oscar nominations including one for its Philip Glass score. This is the incredible true story of one of the world’s most fascinating leaders – Tibet’s 14th Dalai Lama – and his daring struggle to rule a nation at one of the most challenging times in its history. Powerfully told, deeply spiritual and visually elegant, the film chronicles the life of the young Dalai Lama as he matures in both age and learning.
Historical Narrative. 134 min.

Thursday, March 19
Palm Theatre
1:15pm | Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts
4:15pm | Koyaanisqatsi
7:15pm | Kundun

Tickets: $15 General / $12 available at the door.
All passes welcome