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"Alli's films are not for the easily distracted. They are challenging and
sometimes cryptic in their dissection of human emotions and societal
interactions. Repeated viewings, however, reveal layers of wisdom 
and wit that may not have been obvious in the initial screening."
Encyclopedia of Underground Movies

All these films are available for free viewing online by
clicking the
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Note: due to high compresson transfers of online video platforms
these films may look and sound far better on your computer
(with headphones) than on the larger smart TV screens.

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"THE VANISHING FIELD" (2020)



"THE VANISHING FIELD" (2020; 72 min.) A Monastic Drama. Disenchanted with the corruption of society, vlogger Jakob X joins a Zen monastery where he has a spontaneous but disturbing out of body experience. Intrigued, he rebels against traditional Zen practice to pursue the more esoteric dimension of astral travel and discovers bizarre new worlds that shake the very ground of his being. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Text mostly improvised on site and based on a story by Antero. Shot, cut, and directed by Antero. Click either image for production details.

"Alli has the sense and the courage to engage directly with the reality
of life in a monastery. It is his exceptional accomplishment to make
this adventure riveting and suspenseful without relying on a convoluted
plot.
“The Vanishing Field” is a poetic investigation of very real
experience, not a science fiction fantasy. It is also a gem of a
motion picture and an astonishingly original masterpiece."

- Charles Kruger for Flickstorm

---> viewing link

WATCH A 5 MIN. EXCERPT

Vision Statement



"SYLVANI" (formerly "Out of the Woods" 2015-18; recut & retitled, 2021)



"SYLVANI" (2021; 83 min.) An Uncommon Love Story. As a young boy, Charlie played with an imaginary friend he called "Sylvani" who later accompanies him through manhood and on into old age. As a young man Charlie survives a near death experience with a psychic ability to read minds. Thirty years later, Charlie is discovered by a documentary filmmaker who interviews him about his mysterious life. SYLVANI follows one man’s sojourn through haunted dreams and childhood memories to find his one true love. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Written, shot, & directed by Antero. Click images for production details.

"...handsome cinematography (by the filmmaker), a screenplay
unafraid to take the viewer into difficult intellectual terrain and
devious flashes of dry humor. Sylvi Alli, who portrays the elusive
Sylvani, is also one of the creative forces on the haunting
soundtrack"...
--
Phil Hall for Cinema Crazed

---> viewing link

WATCH THE TRAILER


DIRECTOR'S NOTES:
Formerly titled "Out of the Woods" (2015-18; 113 min.).
I was dissatisfied with the edit which obscured the heart of this story with too
many subplots. In February of 2021, I recut and retitled this movie to more
truthfully convey what I failed to discover in the first version. For those
interested in viewing the original version
click this. -
- Antero



"THE BOOK OF JANE" (2013) 

 


"THE BOOK OF JANE" (2013; 117 min.) An Urban Feminist Fable. Alice, a Professor of Comparative Religion, is writing a book on pre-Hellenic goddess mythologies. One day she meets Jane, an enigmatic older woman who roams the university campus, sleeps under a bridge, and rattles Alice with her disturbing insights. The Book of Jane is a story of three women attempting to embody the myths of an ancient culture but at a cost none of them expected. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Written, shot, & directed by Antero. Click images for production details.

"The concepts raised in “The Book of Jane” are profound and
often complex, and Alli’s screenplay is rich with dialogue that
clearly requires a great deal of concentration to absorb the
many points being raised. This film is also one of Alli’s
crowning achievements."
-
filmthreat.com (5 stars)

---> viewing link

WATCH EXCERPT #1
WATCH EXCERPT #2

"The Making of Jane"



"FLAMINGOS" (2012) 

 


"FLAMINGOS" (2012; 90 min.) An Outlaw Romance NoirTwin sisters Beatrice and Zoe are in love with Ray, a bank robbing junkie obsessed with apocalyptic visions. Though Beatrice and Ray are married, Ray absconds with free spirited Zoe after a bank heist to the Flamingo motel to plot their future together in this heady cocktail chaser of amour fou and metaphysical mischief. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Written, shot, & directed by Antero. Click images for production details.

"FLAMINGOS is thoroughly remarkable in the way it packs
dense, engaging layers of honest emotional and spiritual
musings in an extremely constricting framework. Sometimes
the most intense spiritual journeys happen when one has
nowhere to go
."
- Mike Everleth, Underground Film Journal

---> viewing link

BEHIND THE SCENES

WATCH A 3 MIN. EXCERPT



"TO DREAM OF FALLING UPWARDS" (2011) 

 


"TO DREAM OF FALLING UPWARDS" (2011; 125 min.) An Occult Murder Mystery. The elder Magus of an occult order is on his deathbed when his biological son fraudulently inherits his temple. Jack Mason, the rightful heir, is outraged and plots revenge and falls into an underworld of professional psychopaths, desert brujas, and a twist of fate he never saw coming in this harrowing, hilarious collision between the contrary worlds of urban and rural sorcery. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Written, shot, & directed by Antero. Click above images for production details.

"The complex, expertly constructed story involves a struggle
for succession, a murder, and a demonic possession. The twists
of the story kept me glued to the screen through several viewings.
Absolutely riveting, the cinematography is gorgeous, the film's
great depth and power will keep you thinking for a very long time."

- David Finkelstein for filmthreat.com (4 stars out of 5)

---> viewing link

TRAILER#1
TRAILER #2

 
Nudity, sexual situations, drug use.

VISION STATEMENT



"THE INVISIBLE FOREST" (2008) 

 


"THE INVISIBLE FOREST" (2008; 111 min.) A Hypnogogic Experimental Drama. Alex, an experimental theatre director (played by the filmmaker), brings his troupe into a forest to rehearse his vision of French Surrealist Antonin Artaud's magic theatre of ghosts, gods, and demons. In the woods, he is haunted by series of disturbing dreams featuring Artaud as a wild woman. With his sanity pushed to its limits, Alex visits a psychotherapist who suggests hypnotic regression to remedy his problem. Written & directed by Antero. Additional text by William Shakespeare and Antonin Artaud.  Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Click images for production details.

"The film incites and dares the viewer to let go of concepts and accept
the risky adventure of following the free, unimpeded energies of the
body and mind. Since, in real life, Alli is engaged in paratheatrical
research, the film’s fictional story is constructed out of documentary
elements."
- David Finkelstein, filmthreat.com (4 stars)

---> viewing link

THE TRAILER 

DIRECTOR'S BLOG



"THE MIND IS A LIAR AND A WHORE" (2007) 

 


"THE MIND IS A LIAR AND A WHORE" (2007; 92 min.) An Anxious X-mas Comedy. A typical Berkeley household - a heartbroken Astrologer, a closet Satanist, an Inuit opera singer, a Gulf War vet, and a WebCast diva - are forced indoors during a citywide lock down from an alleged bioterrorist attack. Havoc and hilarity prevail as they all grasp for conclusions about what they think is happening during their escalating state of uncertainty. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Written & directed by Antero. Click images for production details.

"Smart dialogue, compassionate and perceptive character writing,
a heightened sense of both the comic and dramatic potential of the
situation, and powerful performances all come together in a film
where comedy and drama serve as a means to explore the roots
of what it means to be human, and live in a dangerous and highly
unpredictable world."
David Finkelstein, filmthreat.com (4 stars)

---> viewing link

THE TRAILER 

DIRECTOR'S NOTES



"THE GREATER CIRCULATION" (2005) 



"THE GREATER CIRCULATION" (2005; 93 min.) A Poetic Docufiction. Over three fever-dream nights in the Hotel Biron, Paris 1908, poet Rainer Maria Rilke encounters what he believes to be the ghost of his friend, artist Paula Modersohn-Becker, who died shortly after birthing her first child. The poet transforms his grief into an epic prose work, "Requiem for a Friend", about a woman at the crossroads between Art and Motherhood. Meanwhile, a hundred years later, three women prepare to stage Rilke's "Requiem" as an avant garde performance ritual. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Written & directed by Antero with additional text by Rainer Maria Rilke (Stephen Mitchell, trans.). Click images for production details.

"…a deep, provocative and often disturbing drama which poses
questions of love, art, mortality and grief with the grace and
majesty of Rilke’s work, “The Greater Circulation” is among Alli's
finest works. Anyone seeking lessons on how to create a wholly
original work of motion picture genius can start here."

-
Phil Hall, filmthreat.com (5 stars out of 5)

---> viewing link


WATCH A 4 MIN. EXCERPT
WATCH A 3 MIN. EXCERPT



"UNDER A SHIPWRECKED MOON" (2003) 


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"UNDER A SHIPWRECKED MOON" (2003; 96 min.) An Ancestral Romance. The power of a long-buried family secret is unleashed when the extreme rituals of punk rocker young Jari catapults him into the spirit realm in search of his father, a ship captain who drowned in the Bering Sea. Joining Jari on his quest is the spirit of his grandmother Sisu, a Finnish sorceress, in this surrealistic fable of true love, giant hedgehogs and the mystical depths of ancestral bonds.  Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Written, shot, & directed by Antero. Click images for production  details.

“Under a Shipwrecked Moon,” presents the classic mythic tale
of a hero on a vision quest, but places it in a naturalistic setting
where the fabulous and the visionary are seen as a part of daily
life providing a metaphorical guide to the forces underpinnings
life’s dramas. In doing so, Alli enables the viewer to build a bridge
between the quotidian and the visionary, the living and the dead".

- David Finkelstein, filmthreat.com (4 stars out of 5)

---> viewing link

WATCH THE TEASER 

THE STORY BEHIND THE MOON



"HYSTERIA" (2002) 



"HYSTERIA" (2002; 83 min.) A Magical Realist Drama. During the Serb-Croatian war (1991-95), Ikar - a young Catholic soldier - unwittingly drinks hallucinogenic datura tea triggering a full blown vision (or hallucination?) of the Holy Virgin Mary who gives him a mission. To fulfill his religious destiny, he migrates westward to Oakland California and starts pugilist training in preparation for his incendiary apotheosis. Written and produced by Antero Alli and Jakob Bokulich (who also plays Ikar). Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Shot & directed by Antero. Click images for production details.

"HYSTERIA" is a profound and frequently disturbing work
of intelligence that forces viewers to weigh in on emotional
issues that haunted America as a result of the tragic events
of 9/11: the damage created by religious dogma, the terror
in dealing with inner fears, and the inability to justify a societal
mind frame built on a foundation of selfish behavior."
-
Phil Hall, filmthreat.com (5 stars out of 5)

---> viewing link

TRAILER #1
TRAILER #2

BEHIND THE SCENES



"TRAGOS" (2000/01) 

 


"TRAGOS" (2000/01; 105 min.) A Cyber-Noir Witch Hunt.   An urban tribe of technopagans perform their ecstatic rites in "Tragos", a virtual reality program. One night their leader, Bella Luxor, overamps the program and goes blind, while her sister Vivika is tragically dies. Robert Logos, a fundamentalist Christian attorney thinks Tragos was used as a suicide machine in a Satanic suicide cult. He hires a mole to gather evidence for their demise. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Written & directed by Antero. Click images for production details.

"TRAGOS is an intellectual adrenaline rush of hypnotic strength
and emotional depth. Alli envisions a future where the desire to
escape from government and media thought-control drives people
underground. Though perhaps the future is a lot closer than we think,
since the parallels between Tragos' futuristic tale and the assault on
many basic contemporary liberties seems too close for comfort."
-
Phil Hall for filmthreat.com (4 stars out of 5)

---> viewing link

WATCH EXCERPT #1 
WATCH EXCERPT #2

ON THE MAKING OF TRAGOS



"THE DRIVETIME" (1995) 




"THE DRIVETIME" (1995; 86 min.) A Cyber-Fi Experiment. In the hopes of obtaining politically sensitive video footage of police riots, a federal archivist from the year 2023 uses a flawed Time Travel device to return to Seattle circa 1999 via the dreams of a video activist. The Drivetime movie was created during the birth of the internet within the seething underground Seattle subculture, circa 1995, four years before the WTO riots of Seattle 1999. Written and produced with Rob Brezsny. Shot & directed by Antero. Click images for production details.

"One of the most chilling yet innovative cinematic essays on
the flaws of today's technology-obsessed society. This work
should be seen by anyone who mistakenly believes that all's
calm and well in our little digital sphere. Alli's iconoclastic view
of a future world projects a dazzling stream-of-consciousness
skein of technical wizardry and provocative wordplay."
- WIRED Magazine

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WATCH EXCERPT #1
WATCH EXCERPT #2

VISION STATEMENT



"THE ORACLE" (1993) 




"THE ORACLE" (1993; 58:30 min) An Afterlife Family Drama. On the final day of his life, a cynical patriarch lapses into an intermittent coma where his sleep is interrupted by spontaneous mutterings. Much to the bewilderment of his anxious daughter tending his bedside, his mutterances are pure poetry (from "The Book of Questions" by Pablo Neruda). His grandaughter, Ariadne appears in the internal landscape of his dreams as a guide to the great beyond. Meanwhile, his estranged son Brandon visits him and finds himself at the center of an ancient ritual of ancestral healing. Written, shot, & directed by Antero. Click images for production details.
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The Oracle is a visionary exploration of an elderly bedridden man's
interior journey toward death and beyond. It's also a sometimes
humorous, sometimes heartrending portrayal of his family's changing
perceptions of the processes of death. The film resonates meaningfully
long after you've left the theater.
- Paul Goetz, Washington Free Press

---> viewing link

WATCH A 5 MINUTE EXCERPT


DIRECTOR'S NOTES
"THE ORACLE"; my debut feature art film was made in the months following the sudden death of my second daughter, Zoe. The massive shock of this unfathomable loss catapulted me into a 28 year trajectory of creating cinema (more on this story here). "The Oracle" was a collaboration with Zoe's mother, Camille Hildebrandt who also appears in the film as a wandering nomad. A few years after its Seattle premiere, I took the movie out of circulation as it felt too personal to keep sharing. But after recently watching it (25 years later), I felt time had healed something in me. Though this online version suffers a bit from occasional uneven audio and image quality, I'm surprised at how well it actually holds up. - Antero, 3/10/2021




The VideoPoems (since 1992)





"Fears" -- Rainer Maria Rike (click image for video)

"Set to poetic texts, often to excellent music by his long time collaborator
Sylvi Alli, these films show Alli’s command of film editing and visual language,
and his ability to draw performances of deeply grounded power from dancers
and actors, to create visions which are indeed loaded with the ability to evoke
deep longings, exaltations, cultural memories, and altered spiritual states."

- David Finkelstein for filmthreat.com (4 stars) 



"Living with a Sorceress" - Antero Alli (click image)

---> The VideoPoems viewing links
LIVING WITH A SORCERESS (4:05; 2020) text, Antero Alli
MOUVEMENT (4:00; 2001) text, Arthur Rimbaud
FAIRY (4:00; 2000) text, Arthur Rimbaud
FEARS (8:30; 2001) text, Rainer Maria Rilke
REQUIEM FOR A FRIEND (19:36; 2005) text, Rainer Maria Rilke
WITCH BURNING (4:00; 1994) text, Sylvia Plath
BOOK OF QUESTIONS (6:00; 1993) text, Pablo Neruda
BOMBS & PRAYERS (6: 00; 1993/96) text, Rob Brezsny
THE ANGEL (4 min. 2018) text, William Blake
A POISON TREE (3:41; 2018); text, William Blake
BLACK SEA (4:00; 1992); text, Antero Alli



Non-commercial Music Videos (since 2013 )
Songs by bird&wolf (Antero & Sylvi) & Others





"EXTRACTION" (2019) bird&wolf music video

---> bird&wolf Music Videos viewing links
Sylvi Alli, vocals, accordian & lyrics; Antero Alli, guitar & video

These "music videos" betray the commercial agendas of traditional music
videos with their slick overly-produced, multiple fast cuts of the featured
singer, musician or band. By deconstructing the music video genre, I am free
to follow my imagination and fulfill the creative impulse. The music and songs
in these videos are by individuals and bands I personally know who granted
me permission to use their tracks in this way.
-
Antero



"UNDER" (2018) Sylvi Alli

---> Other Music Video viewing links
Science of Deduction, Michelle Bellerose, Sylvi Alli



Experimental Short Works
under 30 minutes (since 1992)




--------- "COLD FORCE" (1993) -------------------- "RILKE'S DREAM #1" (2005)------------)

Since 1992, I've been creating short videos that don't really fall into any existing
categories besides maybe 'experimental.' The viewing link below goes to
fourteen videos (titles listed below link) posted online with descriptions
on how each was developed as a specific experiment.
- Antero


"LILY IN LIMBO" (1996-2001) starring Sylvi Alli

---> Experimental Shorts viewing links
PEARLS & PERILS OF COURTING THE MUSES (2020; 9 min.)
THE ZEN OF ASTRAL TRAVEL (2020; 5:11.)
JIZO GARDEN/DIAMOND SUTRA (2020; 2:42.)
MARIONETTE (2015; 3:48)
THE ANIMA (2008-15; 4:32)
RILKE'S DREAM #1 (2005; 3 min.)
RILKE'S DREAM #2 (2005; 4 min.)
ROADKILL (2001; 25 min)
LILY IN LIMBO (1996/ recut 2001; 26 min)
THE RECKONING (1993/recut 2020; 4:07)
INERTIA (1994; 16 min.)
COLD FORCE (1993; 4 min.)
DRIVING MYSELF THERE (1992/recut 2020; 7:53)
THE WORD, WEIRD (1992; 5:38 min.)




ParaTheatrical ReSearch
VIDEO DOCUMENTS
(1991-2020)




"Escape from Chapel Perilous" Portland OR - December 2018

ParaTheatrical ReSearch refers to a process of group ritual dynamics
inspired by the early work of Jerzy Grotowski and mirrors (but does not
replicate) Carl Jung's active imagination for making the Unconscious,
conscious in dynamic visceral expression. When a given group reached

proficiency in this work process, public performances were developed
with the participants and then directed by myself.
-- Antero

---> ParaTheatrical documents viewing links
4 STAGES OF WORK (2020; 10 min.)
BEWARE! ARCHETYPES CROSSING (2009/2020; 35 min.)
ESCAPE FROM CHAPEL PERILOUS (2018; 59 min.)
FALLEN MONSTERS (2018; 64 min.)
SOROR MYSTICA (2017; 42 min.)
BARDOVILLE (2017; 3 min.)

A TURBULENCE OF MUSES (2016; 39 min)
DREAMBODY/EARTHBODY (2012; 80 min)
ORPHANS OF DELIRIUM (2004; 84 min)
CRUX (1999; 80 min.)
ARCHAIC COMMUNITY (1991; 87 min.)



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ANTERO  has been writing and directing underground feature films since 1993. His deep background in experimental theatre imprints his idiosyncratic movies with their surrealistic sensibility. His work has been extensively reviewed at filmthreat.com and seen in limited runs on the west coast arthouse circuit. In 2015, he took a five year hiatus from filmmaking to direct and produce five intermedia performance rituals while recording music and creating music videos with his wife, Sylvi in Portland Oregon where they currently reside. Antero returned to cinema in 2020 with "The Vanishing Field" and is currently in production for his next feature, "The Alchemy of Sulphur" (2021).





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