To launch the AFI's music documentary series at the Arclight I saw an advanced screening of Glass: A Portrait of Philip in 12 parts. The film was directed by Scott Hicks , a friend of Philip Glass' who had great practice working with another obsessed pianist in '97's academy award winning Shine. In Glass...,Hicks portrays a year in the life of the brilliant composer, which included staging the opera Waiting for the Barbarians, writing his 8th symphony, and scoring for various films including his recent work with Woody Allen in Cassandra's Dream. Despite his vast achievements in his profession i was most impressed with Philip's life outside of his career. We discover Philip not as a savant outcast but a balanced family man, loyal friend, and spiritual soul with a regained vigor for life after just turning 70.
Here's a trailer to Glass' masterful score to the expertly photographed scenes in Koyaanisqatsi, which is great projection fodder at your next cocktail party.
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in 12 Parts opens in mid-april. Check out the AFI's other series of documentaries including work on the Beatles, Joy Divisioin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prince, and Neil Young.