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Each of these short works were developed through specific experiments; it's what I mean by "experimental". This sometimes meant doing something I had not done before or doing something I did not think I could do or simply attempting to create something I had never seen before. - Antero
JIZO GARDEN/DIAMOND SUTRA (2020; 2:42) The experiment:
to conjure the spirits evoked by the ancient Diamond Sutra chant with
footage I filmed at the Jizo memorial garden (commemorating children
lost to death, to women, and to travellers) at Great Vow Zen monastery;
excerpted from my 2020 feature, "The Vanishing Field.
MARIONETTE (2015; 3:48 min.) The experiment: to train Sylvi in
the pantomime technique of inhabiting a marionette that comes to life.
Excerpted from my 2015 magical realist feature, "Out of the Woods";
CGI processed by Michael McWhirter.
ANIMA DREAMS (2008-18; 4:32 min.) The experiment: to explore
the Anima archetype by combining dream sequences from two of my
features, "Out of the Woods" and "The Invisible Forest" into a vision
all its own. Music by Sylvi. CGI by Michael McWhirter.
RILKE'S DREAM (2005; 3 min.) The experiment: to dramatize the
archetypes appearing in the dreams of poet Rainer Maria Rilke during
his writing of "Requiem for a Friend". This is an excerpt from my Rilke film
tribute, "The Greater Circulation". Featuring Lloyd Bricken as Rilke and Sylvi
Alli as the voice of Paul Modersohn-Becker. CGI by Michael McWhirter.
ROADKILL (2001; 25:32) An experiment in love between two different
couples living parallel lives that meet up by chance. Made without a script,
we improvised the action and the dialogue on site. Music by Sylvi.
Click this for more on "ROADKILL".
LILY IN LIMBO (1996-2001; 26 min.) The experiment:
to discover a story that mirrored a real-life spiritual crisis
Sylvi was undergoing at the time, this was also our first
film collaboration. Music by Sylvi. Text by Hilda Doolittle
More on "LILY IN LIMBO".
THE APPOINTMENT (1994; 4 min) The experiment: one of a half a dozen
short videos made with Butoh artists Jyl Brewer and Ed Byrne at different
locations where I simply showed up and pointed the camera at whatever they
were doing at the time; nothing was planned, scripted or predetermined.
Filmed at Fort Worden, Olympic peninsula and in Seattle WA,
Music by the late Michelle Bellerose.
COLD FORCE (1993; 4 min.) The experiment: to expose in myself and to convey
certain self-isolating behaviors resulting in communication breakdowns and breakups.
With butoh artists Jyl Brewer and Ed Byrne at Fort Worden, Olympic peninsula WA.
I gave them no directions but simply followed them around with my video camera.
INERTIA (1994; 16 min.) The experiment: without any script beyond this idea of two
couples living parallel lives. One couple on the verge of breaking up and the other
couple performing mysterious rituals in an abandoned building next door.
Also featuring butoh artists Jyl Brewer and Ed Byrne. Seattle WA.
Click for more on INERTIA.
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