Ron Fricke

Ron Fricke, the creator of Baraka, the cinematographer and editor on Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi .

He then devised, directed, edited and co-produced Chronos in 1985. Chronos showed the beginnings of Fricke's passion that was to become Baraka.

In 1986 Fricke created the IMAX film Sacred Site. A 7 minute film of Halley's Comet over Ayers Rock , Australia.



Baraka was released in 1992, a film that took 14 months to film and a reported 5 years to devise.

In December '98 he left Atlas films to concentrate on making IMAX films, a passion Fricke had long been cultivating.

A description (thought to be written by Ron Fricke himself)

Ron Fricke is a meticulous filmmaker who has mastered a wide range of skills. This versatility allows him to carefully sculpt his films during each phase of their development. He immerses himself completely in every stage of production, wrestling with the broad philosophical concepts that underlie his films, designing sophisticated equipment, framing each shot as if it were a painting, editing and color timing the finished print.



In his early work as director of photography, co-editor and co-writer for "Koyaanisqatsi", a renowned nonverbal art film, Fricke experimented with many previously obscure film techniques. He used time-lapse, slow motion and optical phase printing to present familiar images from a new perspective. "Koyaanisqatsi" won a 1983 Filex Audience Award.



Indulging his passion for 70mm, and determined to make life affirming films, Fricke proceeded to direct and co-produce "Chronos", an innovative, nonverbal, IMAX film that won the Grand prix du jury Award at the first Festival International Omnimax de Paris (1987). For "Chronos" Fricke designed an IMAX compatible camera with the capacity to shoot motion controlled images, a revolutionary concept in the IMAX industry. Fricke gained experience on several other IMAX films including "Sacred Site" (1986) which he directed and photographed.



"Baraka", Fricke's latest creation, is a nonverbal feature film photographed in (65mm) 70mm in over 20 countries. It develops the themes of interconnection and transcendence, which Fricke began to explore in "Chronos", ""Baraka" is a journey of rediscovery that plunges into nature, into history, into the human spirit and finally into the realm of the infinite". In order to capture the exquisite rotating star fields in the film's finale, Fricke designed and built a more flexible and complex version of the (65mm) 70mm time-lapse camera he designed for "Chronos". Fricke directed, photographed, co-edited and co-wrote "Baraka" (1992).



"Samsara" will be a visual quest that explores the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. "I feel that my work has evolved through "Koyaanisqatsi", "Chronos" and "Baraka", says Fricke. "Both technically and philosophically I am ready to delve even deeper into my favorite theme: humanity's relationship to the eternal".

Films

  • Koyaanisqatsi (Cinematographer and editor)
  • Chronos (Director, cinematographer, editor and co-producer)
  • Sacred Site (Director, cinematographer, editor, producer)
  • Baraka (Director, cinematographer, co-editor and co-producer)
  • Samsara 

Now

Ron Fricke is currently working on a sequel to Baraka entitled Samsara.

Other Websites

 

This is one of those films that will change your life. I really admire your work and I feel that you are a pillar of humanity. Some of the most underrated work I have seen in my entire life. Please continue making films like this.

I have long envisioned making my own non-verbal film (more than one actually), but, I am having quite the issue trying to figure out how to get it written out, and am curious if Ron wrote out exactly how he wanted to film the scenes in Baraka, etc. I'm wondering if there's a way to contact him or get a message to him via someone else (publicist, etc) to ask him this question. Thank you!!!

I would like to send Ron Fricke a copy of a novel, published four years ago, which bears an uncanny resemblance, both visually and in it's underlying message, to his film Baraka, which I have just seen for the first time. I think it would interest him. Is this possible?

Trying to find Mr. Fricke's representation/contact information. Any information could be of great help.

Try via the official Baraka site:
http://barakasamsara.com/contact

Ever since I saw Ron Fricke's films I have been transformed and inspired. I know this is the kind of work I see myself doing.

Are there opportunities to work with Ron Fricke through an internship or other way? I know this is wishful thinking but I hope someday to produce great works like the masterpieces he has created.

Hello dear friends!
Can I find out how to show us the film Baraka in the educational night of the planet?
Thank you!

Dear Ron
How can I buy the right to use some of the movie clips from Baraka. I am also interested in buying other nature movie clips. This if for a moodfilm for a premium jewellery brand.
Kind regards
Therese

Hello!

Can you let me know how to get in contact with Mr. Fricke about a screener of Samsara? I'm to review the movie for a major website and unable to make it to any screenings. Thank you!

Please give some info about releasing Samasara on DVD / BlueRay.
Im waitng for this film 7 year now...

Some time in 2012. Stay tuned

When we can see the Samsara?

Worldwide screenings are happening in 2012

hello,
I'm trying to find out how much it would cost to use some still images or short clips (3-5 seconds) for a multimedia project, what limitations there would be in use and distribution, etc.

thanks very much.
Mike

Hi Mike

Are you wishing to use stills from Baraka or another film?

Regards

Darren

I am writing a book on alternative stop motion techniques including time-lapse for Focal Press and I am trying to get a hold of Ron Fricke since he is a master and cornerstone in this area. I would like to refer to Ron and Koyaanisqatsi in the book and I wondered if you could put me in touch with Ron or the copyright holders of Koyaanisqatsi. I would really appreciate it.

Gratefully

Tom Gasek
Assisrant Professor, RIT/SoFA
tdgpph@rit.edu

Hi Tom

Unfortunately I don't have any contact details for Ron Fricke.
The IRE are the copyright holders for Koyaanisqatsi.
From the http://www.koyaanisqatsi.org/ website I found the following email address

info@qatsi.org

I hope they can help.

Regards

Darren

We'd like to use some clips from Baraka in an educational video. Who do I contact? Thanks, Carol

Hi Carol

I have relayed your message to the copyright holders.

Regards
Darren

Dear MR. RON FRICKE
We are writing you from the Environment Film Festival SEMBRANDO CINE, that will take place in Lima June 1-6th of this year in its second edition. This festival is organized by NOMADAS (www.nomadasperu.com) , a peruvian association that has as its objective to strengthen cultural integration between different Latin American people through the film projection (documental and fiction) in places where cinema can’t reach, whether the lack of exhibition places, or because simply there is no electric energy.
We would like to include in the program of Sembrando Cine of this year the film “Baraka in order to make a public exhibition in one park situated in Lima with an airscreen. Our idea is to organize a free open air exhibition on June 5th, as we did last year with the film HOME.
Hoping hear from you.
Best regards.

Could someone put me in touch with Ron Fricke or perhaps Michael Stearn? I have created an version of Baraka with an alternative soundtrack. I have only done this as a person hobby and not for public consumption. I would like to see if the creators would be interested in an alternative soundtrack version of baraka.

thanks,

Abdul

Hi, I would like to screen Baraka in Buenos Aires, Argentina.. and I would like to get in contact with the copyright controllers of Baraka. Could you help me?
Thank you very much
Geraldine

Hi Geraldine

They will be in touch soon.

Regards

Darren

Hi,
I'm helping organize a nature themed film festival in Leh, Ladakh, India and we would like to screen Baraka. If anyone can provide Ron Fricke's or the producer/ distributors email address, that would be great. Please email me as time is short. Thank you so much.

Hi Sapna

I have sent your info to the copyright controllers of Baraka.
You will hear from them shortly.

Hi Darren, I have the same problem, please could help me with arranging a license to screen Baraka!
Thanks

Hi Katie

I have sent your details to the copyright controllers.
They'll contact you soon.

All the best

Darren

If i could be put in touch also that would be amazing
Thanks

Noah

Just wonderful...there is nothing in this word that can describe the beauty of it and the same time the worst of it...i would like to shake Ron's hand for his work, but is impossible to do it...so all my respect for him and his work...

That would be great. I hope he can include them on a future DVD. I'm assuming your class shot on 16mm film?

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