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Updated 1/24/2021





"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 films are available for free viewing online by
clicking the
viewing link in any movie section below.

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"THE VANISHING FIELD" (2020)



"THE VANISHING FIELD" (2020; 72 min.) A Monastic Drama. Disenchanted with the corruption of society, Jacob joins a Zen monastery. One day his meditation practice ignites a spontaneous but disturbing out of body experience. Intrigued, he rebelg against traditional Zen practice to pursue the more esoteric dimension of astral travel where he discovers bizarre new worlds that shake and rattle the very ground of his being. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Text mostly improvised on site based on a story by Antero. Shot, cut, and directed by Antero Alli. 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; recut in 2021)



"SYLVANI" (2015; 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. When, as a young man, he has a near-death experience Sylvani inhabits his body and Charlie is reborn as "Bill Shiner" an up and coming professional mentalist. Thirty years later, Charlie is discovered by a documentary filmmaker who interviews him about his mysterious life. SYLVANI is about one man’s sojourn through haunted dreams and childhood memories to find his way back to his one true love. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Written & directed by Antero. Click images for production details.

DIRECTOR'S NOTES: Formerly titled "Out of the Woods" (2015; 113 min.), I was unsatisfied with the final edit of the original film. In January of 2021, I recut and retitled the movie to more truthfully convey the heart of story previously obscured by too many subplots. For those wishing to see the original 2015 version, click this. - Antero

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

---> viewing link

WATCH THE TRAILER



"THE BOOK OF JANE" (2013) 

 


"THE BOOK OF JANE" (2013; 117 min.) An Urban Fable of Feminine Initiation. 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. When Alice's domestic partner Colette hears about Jane, she persuades Alice to invite her over for dinner. "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 & 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.
"The Book of Jane” is also one of Alli’s crowning achievements."

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

---> 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 hypnotist and 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 & 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.) A Zany Occult Murder Mystery. The elder Magus of the Thelemic Temple of Horus is on his deathbed when his biological son fraudulently inherits The Temple. Jack Mason - a promising young sex magickian and rightful heir to the Temple - plots revenge and falls into a maze of underworld encounters with professional psychopaths, desert brujas, and a twist of fate he never saw coming in this harrowing, hilarious collision between the contrary occult worlds of urban and rural sorcery. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Written & 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 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 for filmthreat.com (4 stars out of 5)

---> 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. Ona, a webcast diva with her own show, thinks the Feds are shifting into a full blown police state. Her roomers think she's paranoid. 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. Here, Rilke transforms his grief into an epic prose work, "Requiem for a Friend", about women 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 young punk rocker 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 & 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 everyday 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 Suspense 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 grants him "a special 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. 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 'assimilated' into Tragos as a disembodied entity. Was her death accidental or was Tragos used as a suicide machine? Robert Logos, a fundamentalist Christian attorney, views Vivika's death as the work of a Satanic suicide cult. 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. "Tragos," 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 Alli's 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 represents a massive image-rich corridor overlapping dreamtime and daytime realities. 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. Directed by AnteroClick images for more product 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

---> viewing link

WATCH EXCERPT #1
WATCH EXCERPT #2

VISION STATEMENT



"THE ORACLE" (1993) 




"THE ORACLE" (1993/2020; 59 min. and 55 min.) An ancestral 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, he mutters 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 finally visits him and finds himself at the center of an ancient ritual of ancestral healing.Written & directed by Antero.

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 #1
original 1993 version (59 min.)

---> viewing link #2
the 2020 edit (55 min.)

WATCH A 5 MINUTE EXCERPT


THE BACK STORY
"THE ORACLE"; my debut feature art film was made in the months following the sudden death of my second daughter, Zoe. The story 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 it out of circulation as it felt too personal to keep sharing. But after recently watching it, over 20 years later, I felt that time had healed something in me. Though this online version suffers a bit from occasional uneven audio and image quality (thanks to multiple format transfers and online digital compression), I'm surprised at how well it actually holds up. I like the 2020 edit better which was mostly done for color correction. - Antero, 12/27/2020




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



"THE MAN WITH THE HANDLE ON TIME" (2020)

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



Experimental Short Works
under 30 minutes (since 1992)




xxxxxxxx"COLD FORCE" (1993) xxxxxx andxxxxxxx"RILKE'S DREAM" (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 thirteen
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 (2005; 3 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.)



ABOUT THE FILMMAKER, CONTACT POINTS

 



CONTACT
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ANTERO  has been writing and directing underground feature films since 1993. His deep background in experimental theatre (since 1975) imprints his work with a surrealistic sensibility. His movies have 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. He is also a book author and an astrologer. Antero returned to cinema in 2020 with "The Vanishing Field". He is currently in preproduction for his next feature, "The Alchemy of Sulphur" (2021), a magical realist drama..





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