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This is a gem. I had the privilege of seeing it in advance of its opening.
Antero's signature filmic style has evolved into a mature compelling
mode of story telling that is at once haunting and beautiful.

Keith Berger, Los Angeles



I haven't seen all your films, and my response to this film would, naturally, reflect where I am at this time.  That said, I found this film slower in pace, an invitation to be led, drawn in.  Yet, I remained an observer.  The words, innocent sorcery, came to mind with Hope's venture into her novella.  What is calling her?  What is she seeking?  Is it the desire to merge with a more golden, divine dream or memory?  Is that desire regressive?

 
Is this something Calliope and Callista see when they recognize her as one who walks in both worlds yet is loosing power by a self depleting energetic loop?  And, after the ceremony with Calliope, (which reminds me some of the Seidr practice I was involved with for a Jupiter cycle) Hope learns that she is pregnant, clearly a call away from the regressive to the progressive, here, one way road of evolution.

Personally, the draw to the divine realm, which I often experience/longing as a merging with nature and a longing for the black Void, may also be regressive.  What wants to be born in me?  Here's where your connection to Creation comes in.  I'm still pondering, Antero.  I have more questions than answers.  Something's calling. I liked this film, it's penetrating.  I'll rewatch down the road and see what movement has  taken place.  Thank you for making it and for sharing it generously.

Warmly,
Ardis Thomas, California



A magical film showing how the immature artistic temperament creates crises and feels that it cannot create quality work when not in a heightened emotional or psychological state and that, therefore, self sabotage is a common way to address self doubt and to channel the creative process.

In this movie, ego death and the surrender of fear, and the addiction to suffering as essential to art, freezes the narrator and symbolizes the discovery of her self and for not being a poison to herself. Her relationships and her writing fuel inspiration that can be called upon with a healthy self discipline and self-control with intellect involved. Recovery from self sabotage and emotional drama requiring distress in able to surpass mediocrity is a true phenomena for the artistic temperament and ultimately must be overcome to be productive and to create joyously even when experiencing positive emotions in one’s life. Suffering for one’s art is not required and it’s not healthy for the psyche. Ego death may be traumatic, but it open sus to be empty so the Muse always has more room to speak and be called upon without the ego getting in the way.

Visually meaningful, The Alchemy of Sulphur is truly stunning. The supersaturated hues of the dreamworld contrast against the monochromatic of the writers real world narrative. The dualism is apparent in so many levels and is incredibly symbolist and a deeply meaningful film. The pacing is slow like a pavane. It is very intense, it is very deep, and it can be very personal and intimate spiritually, sometimes uncomfortable to the self or an artist to watch. A beautiful art film about art imitating life.

The actress who played Calliope, Cynthia Schwell, was incredibly enthralling, ethereal and intimidating in a very good way and she had incredible weight and prescence as per fit her role as priestess, healer, and guide. The mime and dance, score, soundtrack were all enchanting and incredibly visceral and evocative. At times, it reminded me of Lindsay Kemp. The alchemical scenes were well done and the story of Phineas and Helen was charming. Excellent casting and good performances. So truly enjoyable. It was a beautiful experience and an affirmation of life and creativity and that art may imitate life with joy.

Best wishes and with gratitude,
Pixie Bruner; Atlanta, Georgia



The bearded arborist healer, Phineas (Douglas Allen) teaches us how the root system of forests act as one being underground in a dark symphony of roots, mimicking the dark symphony of life. He understands mythological language and uses it to unlock the doors of perception revealing the underlying structures of his reality. The crux of the film involves perceiving the alchemical nature of sulfur — as a divine spark. Phineas is the key to understanding this film. Inscrutable and virile, his eyes shine bright with the self knowledge required of a healer.

This film begs the contemplation of the question — the ultimate quest — What are you living for? Please watch this film again as it’s one of those films that unfolds with more information every time you watch it. May peace and tranquility find a home in your heart, mind and soul. Thank you Antero for this beautiful tale and the growing body of work that you have gifted to the world. The cast does a fantastic job, they all worked very, very hard to make this a living breathing work of art. Special thanks to Sylvi, Antero’s partner in crime for lending her amazing angelic singing voice, divine icing on a cake made out of sulfur and love.

Michael Keenan Byrne, Ventura California
excerpted from Overtone Wizard (blog)


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Helia Rasti as "Helen" and Douglas Allen as "Phineas"

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