UPDATED August 2, 2020




Towards an Insurrection of the Poetic Imagination

Why do I make films? More honest question: why do we make films? I cannot do this alone; there are always others, a team. It starts with a desire to find new ways of seeing. But this can only happen after I become receptive enough to the Muses call; not "my" Muses (they belong to no one!). Until then, I want intimacy with the fertile void, the source of all creation, and its hilarious offspring, the singing womb of the Poetic Imagination.

My films don't fit into any existing cinematic genre; they are marketting nightmares! Most of my feature movies are veiled autobiographies, docufictions, giving narrative and poetic form to my internal landscape interacting with and being acted on by real world events. This process started with the sudden tragic death of my young daughter Zoe in September of 1992. The worst thing that could ever happen to me, happened to me. Great losses sometimes come with gifts and, this unfathomable loss gifted me with a gift that keeps on giving.  The eyes of my eyes opened. I saw "death" as an illusion, an intellectual symbol for fear, social control, and oppression. I saw through the lies of society and saw the eternal cycles of Life. People come and go but Life continues. I've seen true Love upstage Death in the Theatre of Life.


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 "The Oracle " (1993) and "The Drivetime" (1995) 

Waves of grief and epiphany guided the scripting and production of my first feature, THE ORACLE (1993), about a cynical elder patriarch whose granddaughter, Ariadne, appears in his dreams as a guide on his final night on earth. My own cynicism withered after being inspired by my friend Rob Brezsny's ideas of "the drivetime", an interface between dreamtime and daytime realities. Together, we wrote and produced THE DRIVETIME (1995), about a federal time-travelling librarian from the year 2023 returning to 1999 via the dreams of a Seattle video activist shooting police riots. Five years later, I was moved to explore conflicting religious beliefs in TRAGOS (2000), a  cyber-noir witch hunt tale about a fundamentalist Christian attourney mistakenly convinced that a blind pagan woman is the leader of a 'satanic suicide cult'. 

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"Tragos" (2000) and "Under a Shipwrecked Moon" (2003) 

The racial profiling immediately following the 9/11 attacks outraged the making of HYSTERIA (2002; written with Jakob Bokulich), about a Croatian Catholic soldier who drinks datura tea and mistakes a powerful hallucination for a visitation from the Holy Virgin Mary. On my fiftieth birthday, I felt compelled to explore my Finnish roots in UNDER A SHIPWRECKED MOON (2003), where a Finnish-American family visits their hospitalized, comatose patriarch whose true love beckons him from the great beyond. Highly creative women standing at the crossroads between sacrificing their lives to Art or Motherhood inspired the making of THE GREATER CIRCULATION (2005) -- set in present-time Berkeley and in Paris, 1908 -- where poet Rainer Maria Rilke transforms his grief over the sudden death of his friend, the artist Paula Modersohn-Becker, into his epic prose lament, "Requiem for a Friend". 

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"The Greater Circulation" (2005) and "The Invisible Forest" (2008) 

Fear-mongering politics triggered the creation of my dark comedy, THE MIND IS A LIAR AND A WHORE (2007), about a quirky Berkeley household climbing the slippery slopes between actual and perceived threats during an alleged bioterrorist attack in their city. I returned to my earliest theatrical influence, Antonin Artaud, for THE INVISIBLE FOREST (2008) about an insomniac theatre director (whom I portray) conducting a group paratheatrical experiment in a forest when a series of disturbing dreams forces him to question his sanity. The suspicious circumstances surrounding the deathbed signing of documents between my late friend and mentor, Christopher S. Hyatt and his son, compelled the making of  TO DREAM OF FALLING UPWARDS (2011), a zany occult saga about an urban sex magickian who seeks the help pf a Castaneda-style desert witch to solve a vexing esoteric problem of spirit posession. 

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"To Dream of Falling Upwards" (2011) and "Flamingos" (2012)

My need to work through unresolved liasons with certain women led to FLAMINGOS (2012), an outlaw romance noir about twin sisters in love with a bank-robbing hypnotist junkie. My feminist fable THE BOOK OF JANE (2013) developed from a vision of three generations of women and the overlapping worlds of the nomadic homeless, ivory tower academia, and pre-Hellenic goddess worship. My ongoing relationship with the imaginal realm of the Muses inspired OUT OF THE WOODS (2015) a magical realist drama of a young man who survives a near-death experience with amnesia and a disturbing new psychic talent that forces a new identity. After a five year hiatus from filmmaking, the Cinema Muses called me back with THE VANISHING FIELD (2020), a personal story inspired by the ongoing impact of a spontaneous out of body experience I had in my early twenties -- reframed within the setting of a Zen monastery with three monks (non-actors) improvising dialogue based on my on-site suggestions; Zen filmmaking...

 
"The Vanishing Field" (2020)

In 1977, Jerzy Grotowski's paratheatrical group experiments inspired me to create my own "paratheatre" medium -- combining methods of physical theatre, dance, and Zazen standing meditation to access autonomous forces in The Body as movement resources. Between 1995 and 2019, I underwent a series of paratheatrical group experiments that conjured the seed visions for many of my films during this period. Between 1991 and 2018, nine video documents were also produced showing various modalities of this paratheatrical process. In late 2015, after nineteen prolific years of music and film production in Berkeley, Sylvi and I relocated to Portland Oregon where we developed and staged five new performance works while recording and performing our original music as bird&wolf some of which I made into music videos.


"Escape from Chapel Perilous" (2018) Paratheatre Video document
"Deep Blue" (2020; bird&wolf music video)

Since 1992, I crafted numerous "videopoems" using text by Blake, Rilke, Neruda, H.D., Rimbaud, Plath, & others as well as many short experimentals.  With the exception of these shorter works, most of my films and videos have been highly collaborative with  many others. I remain especially grateful for the support and artistic inspiration of my wife, the multi-talented Sylvi Alli and my skillful features editor, Chris Odell (2000-2015).  So far, all my movies have been self-funded and/or co-produced with peers. Each movie typically takes four to twelve months from concept to final cut. My work gains promotional support from reviews at filmthreat.com and various film review blogs. Recently, I made all my movies and short works available for free viewing online at this webpage.

truly,
ANTERO ALLI

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"The Book of Jane" (2013) and "Out of the Woods" (2015)

 


My Films Online, I.M.Db., Filmography,
Bibliography, Paratheatrical ReSearch




 
Antero Alli

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IMDb Profile
Internet Movie Database

Film/Videography
completed works since 1991

Bibliography
Books in print since 1986

ParaTheatrical ReSearch
Group ritual experiments




Trailers, Excerpts, Critical Reviews




"The Vanishing Field" (2020; 72 min.)
click image to watch trailer

"The Vanishing Field" reviewed (May 2020)
by Charles Kruger for flickstorm



"Out of the Woods" (2015; 111 min.)
click image to watch the trailer

"Out of the Woods" reviewed (2015)
by Charles Kruger, flickstorm (3 stars)

"Out of the Woods" reviewed (2016)
by Phil Hall, CinemaCrazed



"The Book of Jane" (2013; 120 min.)
click image to watch a 5-min. excerpt

"The Book of Jane" reviewed (2013)
by Phil Hall, filmthreat.com (5 stars)

The Book of Jane" reviewed (2014)
by Charles Tatum, hollywoodbitchslap.com (4 stars)

The Book of Jane" reviewed (2017)
by Observor of Times (Australia)



"dreambody/earthbody" (2012; 80 min.)
A Paratheatre Video Document -- click images to watch trailer

  "dreambody/earthbody" reviewed (2013)
by David Finkelstein, filmthreat.com (4 stars)

"dreambody/earthbody" reviewed (2013)
by Phil Hall, filmthreat.com (4 stars)


 
"Flamingos" (2012; 90 min.)
click image to watch a 3-min. excerpt


"Flamingos" reviewed (2013)
by David Finkelstein for filmthreat.com (4 stars) 

"Flamingos" reviewed (2012)
by Mike Everleth for BadLit: Journal of Underground Films 

"Flamingos" reviewed (2012)
by Doniphan Blair for CineSource


 
"To Dream of Falling Upwards" (2011; 120 min.)
click image to watch the trailer


"To Dream of Falling Upwards" reviewed (2011)
by David Finkelstein for filmthreat.com (4 stars)

"To Dream of Falling Upwards" reviewed (2011)
by Phil Hall for filmthreat.com (4.5 stars)

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"The Invisible Forest " (2008; 111 min.) click images to watch the trailer 


"The Invisible Forest" reviewed 
(2010)
by David Finkelstein, filmthreat.com (4-stars)

"The Invisible Forest" reviewed (2008)
by Cedrus Monte, Jungian Analyst. Zurich, Switzerland

"The Invisible Forest" reviewed (2008)
by Erik Davis, author. San Francisco CA. 



"The Mind is a Liar and a Whore " (2007; 91 min.)
click image to watch the trailer 


filmthreat.com
(2012) 
"Mind is a Liar & a Whore" reviewed by David Finkelstein (4 stars)

The San Francisco Chronicle (2007)
Story by Reyhan Harmanci



"The Greater Circulation " (2005; 93 min.) click imagse for 9 min. excerpt 

filmthreat.com (2014) 
David Finkelstein's review of "The Greater Circulation" (4 stars)

filmthreat.com (2005) 
Phil Hall's review of "The Greater Circulation" (5 stars)

mindjack.com  (2006)
Jesse Walker 's review of "The Greater Circulation" 

Rilke from a Jungian perspective (2008) 
Cedrus Monte's review of "The Greater Circulation"




"Orphans of Delirium" (2004; 83 min.)
A Paratheatre Video Document
click image to watch excerpt 

filmthreat.com (2010)
"Orphans of Delirium" reviewed
by David Finkelstein (4-stars)


 
"Under a Shipwrecked Moon" (2003; 96 min.) 
click image to watch the teaser 


filmthreat.com (2015)
"Under a Shipwrecked Moon" reviewed by David Finkelstein (4 stars)

University of Irvine (2004)
"Under a Shipwrecked Moon" reviewed by Christina Nersesian

New World Finn (2004)
"Under a Shipwrecked Moon" reviewed by Harri Siitonen




"Tragos" (2000; 105 min.)  click images to watch 2 excerpts 


filmthreat.com
(2001)
Phil Hall's review of "Tragos" (four stars) 

Reason Magazine  (2001) 
Jesse Walker's story & review of "Tragos"

New World Finn (2002)
Harri Siitonen reviews "Tragos" & "Hysteria"



"Hysteria" (2002; 83 min.) 
click image to watch the Trailer 


filmthreat.com 
(2002)
Phil Hall's review of "Hysteria" (five stars) 

mindjack.com (2004)
Jesse Walker's review of "Hysteria" 

Sacramento News & Review (2002)
Jackson Griffith's review & story of "Hysteria"



"Roadkill" (2001; 27 min.) 
click image to watch an excerpt 


filmthreat.com   (2001)
Phil Hall's review of "Roadkill" (4 stars)


"Mouvement" (2001; 4 min.)  "Lily in Limbo" " (1996; 27 min.) 
click images to view an excerpt  


filmthreat.com review of VideoPoems 
(2010)
VideoPoems Review by David Finkelstein (4 stars)

East Bay Express (2001)
Kelly Vance's review of Alli's Videopoems


"CRUX" (1999; 80 min.) 
A Paratheatre Video Document
Click either image to watch an excerpt


EAST BAY EXPRESS
(2009)
Story on CRUX by Anneli Rufus

TRIP Magazine reviews CRUX  (2001)
CRUX reviewed by Scott O. Moore


"The Drivetime" (1995; 85 min.)  Click images to watch an excerpt


Wired Magazine and Pacific Film Archive
(1996)
Two separate reviews of "The Drivetime"

Seattle Rocket (1995) 
Teresa Parks review of "The Drivetime"

Jacksonville Film Journal  (1995)
Brian Matherly's review of "The Drivetime"

 

 


Media Stories and Interviews

 


"The Invisible Forest" (2008)

CineSource
Story by Doniphan Blair (2015) 

San Jose MetroActive 
Story by Gary Singh (2012) 

Artship Video Interview 
by Slobodan Dan Paitch (2003)

Bad Lit: Journal of Underground Films
by Mike Everleth (2008- 2012)

"A Deliberate Disorientation of the Senses"
Antero discusses "The Invisible Forest" (2008)

"The Encyclopedia of Underground Movies"
Interview from the book by Phil Hall (1999)




Venues & Bookings


 

VENUES THAT HAVE SCREENED ANTERO ALLI FILMS 

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM (Seattle), UC IRVINE (Irvine CA), PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE (Berkeley), MILLS COLLEGE CONCERT HALL (Oakland), FINE ARTS CINEMA (Berkeley), RED VIC MOVIEHOUSE (S.F.), PICKFORD CINEMA (Bellingham WA), DIVA CENTER (Eugene OR), CELLspace (S.F.), A.T.A. GALLERY (S.F.), PARKWAY SPEAKEASY THEATRE (Oakland), HOLLYWOOD THEATRE, (Portland), CLINTON ST. THEATER (Portland), GUILD (NW Film Center, Portland), 911 MEDIA ARTS (Seattle), CREST THEATRE (Sacramento), RED POPPY ART HOUSE (S.F.), BERKELEY ART CENTER (Berkeley), ROSE THEATRE (Port Townsend WA), ABUNDANT SUGAR (Los Angeles), 21 GRAND (Oakland), OAKLAND BLACK BOX (Oakland), DANZHAUS (S.F.), THE JAZZHOUSE (Berkeley), LIVE OAK THEATRE (Berkeley), LA PENA (Berkeley), ARTSHIP (Port of Oakland), MAGIC THEATRE (Nevada City), I-GONG (Seoul, S. Korea), FINNISH BROTHERHOOD HALL (Berkeley), MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (Santa Monica), VELVET ELVIS ARTS THEATRE (Seattle), COLOURBOX (Seattle), JUPITER CAFE and BLAKE'S (Berkeley), WEATHERED WALL (Seattle), GRACE NORTH CHURCH (Berkeley), ILLUSEUM (Amsterdam, Netherlands), THE HUMANIST HALL (Oakland), ANNO DOMINI GALLERY (San Jose), SUBTERRANEAN ARTHOUSE (Berkeley), THE LOST CHURCH (San Francisco), CLOUD 9 (Berkeley), BERKELEY ARTS FESTIVAL (Berkeley), THE DREAM INSTITUTE (Berkeley), EAST BAY MEDIA CENTER (Berkeley), UNIVERSITY BOOK STORE (Berkeley), SANTA CRUZ INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART (Santa Cruz), PERFORMANCE WORKS NORTHWEST (Portland OR), HEADWATERS THEATRE (Portland OR), PERFORMANCEWORKS NW (Portland), BOLINAS COMMUNITY CENTER (Bolinas)

UPCOMING SCREENINGS 
Since 2015, almost always in Portland OR

ON BOOKING THESE MOVIES
Screening Packages for Event Producers 


contact points


ANTERO ALLI
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