The 1982 film Koyaanisqatsi expressed the vast scale of human endeavor. It focused on long, stationary shots of busy infrastructure, accompanied by the minimalist yet awe-inspiring music of composer Phillip Glass. The film is locally known in St. Louis because it features footage of the demolition of the maligned, failed Pruitt-Igoe public housing project. (Said footage starts around 2:50 in this YouTube video. It’s very near my old neighborhood, so much so that I see buildings I know in the background.)

Rolla, Missouri, resident Max Tohline has produced a parody about life in little Rolla, Missouri, called Rollaqatsi. It’s pretty funny. Check it out here.

I am kind of wondering what Hamtramckqatsi would entail, besides all the requisite images of production at the American Axle plant and other industrial sites in town. Shots of frantic Paczki Day donut production at New Palace, perhaps? A sped-up shot of the liquor bottles behind a bar getting lower and lower as a Saturday night progresses? Hmm….

(Thanks to Frippy for the tip on Rollaqatsi!)

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