My Gift to the World

Most of my films can be streamed by clicking the --> viewing link in
each movie section below and watched on Smart TVs, computers,
and iPads (not phones!).
For the best picture quality and sound,
I recommend purchasing a DVD
---> here. DVD rentals of most
of these films are available in Portland OR at Movie Madness.


World premiere September 21, 2023, Clinton Street Theater, PDX

An elite A.I.coder faces a head-on collision
between the algorithms of the VR worlds he's
creating and the archetypal dimensions of
the greater Collective Unconscious.

Watch the Teaser

"THE CELEBRANTS" (2023; 32 min)



"THE CELEBRANTS" (2023; 32 min. Color and B/W) Made without a script, this video
experiment follows three performing artists - a dancer (Douglas Allen), singer (Sylvi Alli),
(Antero Alli) - who meet and discuss how each one approaches a creative state
before testing their notions in a spontaneous performance. Developed as a collaboration
based on a story idea by Antero. Videography, editing, and staging by Antero.

Click images for more production stills.

The Celebrants manages to perfectly balance it’s three centers of interest: Theory, Practice,
and Life. The improvisation itself is such a compelling act of spontaneous creation, full of
hauntingly beautiful moments and miraculous interconnections, that I had to both respect
and celebrate the combination of artistic skill and self-knowledge that allows these three
individuals to find such depth of expression and to bring it spectacularly to life. It’s a vision
of a fully integrated mode of being which is not simply a cause for celebration, it is celebration.
- David Finkelstein, Lake Ivan Film Journal

---> Viewing Link <---

(DVD not available).

"TRACER" (2022)

"TRACER" (2022; 93 min. Black&White) A Psi-Fi Noir. With recent advances in Russia’s remote viewing experiments, coupled with the measured use of their new designer drug C-9, operatives now locate their targets by entering their dreams. Tracers, the highly trained mercenaries of the Russian mafia, are also using this psychic technology to their own ends. A former gunrunner's past catches up to him when his nocturnal dreams begin taking on new meaning in his daily life when a tracer starts tracking his whereabouts. TRACER is a cat and mouse yarn unravelling through a maze of underworld drug culture, quantum nonlocality, and a fractured family trying to pick up the pieces. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Cinematography, editing, screenplay, and direction by Antero. Click images for production details.

Written, directed, cut, and shot by indie auteur Antero Alli, the eyebrow-launching
feature Tracer is proof of the existence of secret cinematic kicks you didn’t know
were to be had. By marrying experimental film elements to a genre storyline, the
filmmaker indulges in some boundary-breaking while the story’s pace remains intact.
I became engaged early on and remained so throughout. A very muscular story
structure provides an excellent jungle gym for the acidhead escapades.
- Michael Talbot-Hayes for

---> Viewing link.


DVD Available here



"THE ALCHEMY OF SULPHUR" (2021; 107 min. B&W and color) On Reinventing the Romantic. Hope is writing a short story for ArtLit magazine. When her boyfriend relationship unravels, she attempts to escape heartbreak by writing herself into the story as a fictional character who falls in love with Phineas, the story's central character. As her story develops, her romantic literary projections begin to unexpectedly trigger a series of real world repercussions catalyzing a spiritual awakening. THE ALCHEMY OF SULPHUR explores the creative writing process as an insurrection of the Poetic Imagination. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Cinematography, editing, screenplay, and direction by Antero. Click images for production details.

Overall, the pace is measured and contemplative, but expertly crafted
so that, once you get pulled into its slower pace, every moment counts,
and the pauses and silences are full of expressive nuance. In The Alchemy
of Sulphur
, we have the master’s voice at the top of his game, allowing
the language, story, images and sounds to distill out of the ether and
arrive in our consciousness in crystalline, perfect form, a true act
of cinematic alchemy.
- David Finkelstein Lake Ivan Film Journal

---> viewing link


DVD available here


"THE VANISHING FIELD" (2020; 72 min. B&W and color) A Monastic Drama. Disenchanted with the corruption of society, Jakob X joins a monastery in the hopes of escaping the world. One day he starts using meditation to "hack the bardo" with this idea of reincarnating into a better life. However, the astral world he discovers soon shakes the very ground of his being and pushes him into a dangerous abyss from which there may be no return. Filmed mostly at the Great Vow Zen monastery in Oregon, THE VANISHING FIELD was chiefly improvised on site with the monks playing themselves. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Story by Antero. Cinematography, editing, and direction 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
“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, San Francisco

---> viewing link


DVD not available

"OUT OF THE WOODS" (2015; recut in 2021) 

"OUT OF THE WOODS" (2015/final cut in 2021; 87 min.) A Drama of Magical Realism. A former professional Mentalist is interviewed by a documentary filmmaker about how he came upon his mind-reading talents after a fatal fall in the forest and how he mysteriously came back to life but with amnesia. Wandering the dark woods, he hears disembodied voices until discovering they are actually the thoughts of those he encounters along the way. Not remembering who he is, he absorbs their thoughts as a phantom identity develops within him. OUT OF THE WOODS follows one man’s journey down the rabbit hole of haunted dreams, weird luck, and worldly ambitions to discover his true nature and...his one true love. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Edited with Chris Odell. Cinematography, screenplay, and direction by Antero. Click images for production details.

“Out of the Woods” carries the virtues of Alli’s canon: handsome
cinematography, a screenplay that is not afraid to take the viewer into
difficult intellectual terrain (how often do you see an anthropomorphic
tree spirit in a contemporary film?) and devious flashes of dry humor,
particularly when Charlie is positioned into using his mentalist powers
for audiences. And Sylvi Alli, the filmmaker’s real-life and reel-life
collaborator, is here as the elusive forest entity and as one of the
creative forces on the haunting soundtrack.
- Phil Hall, NYC

---> viewing link


DVD available here

"THE BOOK OF JANE" (2013) 


"THE BOOK OF JANE" (2013; 117 min. color) 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 homeless older woman who roams the university campus, sleeps under a bridge, and rattles Alice with her disturbing insights. THE BOOK OF JANE is a fable of three fiercely feminist women attempting to embody the values of an ancient culture but at a cost none of them expected. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Edited with Chris Odell. Cinematography, screenplay, and direction by Antero. Click images for production details.

"The central performances by Luna Olcott and Marianne Shine
are astonishing. The women brilliantly absorb the idiosyncratic
failings and triumphs of their respective characters, resulting in
a pair of in-depth creations resonating with a myriad of emotions.
The concepts raised in “The Book of Jane” are profound and often
complex, this film is also one of Alli’s crowning achievements."

Phil Hall for (5 stars)

---> viewing link


DVD available here

"FLAMINGOS" (2012)


"FLAMINGOS" (2012 color; 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, after a bank heist Ray absconds with free spirited Zoe to the Flamingo motel where they plot their future together. Meanwhile, two mysterious entities observe their hijinx from behind the veils of appearance. FLAMINGOS is a heady cocktail chaser of amour fou, metaphysical mayhem and karmic retribution. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Edited with Chris Odell. Cinematography, screenplay, and direction 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, Los Angeles

---> viewing link


DVD avaiable here

"TO DREAM OF FALLING UPWARDS" (2011/recut in 2021)


"TO DREAM OF FALLING UPWARDS" (2011/final cut 2021; 2 hours; color) A Zany Occult Thriller. 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 against the son. He soon enters a dizzying maze of underworld encounters with professional psychopaths, desert brujas, and a twist of fate he never saw coming. Or did he? Meanwhile, Jack assigns his two hot-headed apprentices the ego-corrosive ritual of going into business as clowns. TO DREAM OF FALLING UPWARDS is a harrowing, hilarious collision between the contrary occult worlds of urban and rural sorcery. Based on a true story. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Edited with Chris Odell. Cinematography, screenplay, and direction 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 (4 stars out of 5), NYC, NY

---> viewing link



Nudity, sexual situations, drug use.

DVD available here



"THE INVISIBLE FOREST" (2008; 111 min.; color) A Paratheatrical Docufiction. Alex, an experimental theatre director (Antero Alli), brings his troupe into a forest to explore his vision of French Surrealist Antonin Artaud's magic theatre of ghosts, gods, and demons. In the woods, Alex is haunted by disturbing dreams of Artaud as a caustic feral fashionista. With his sanity pushed to its limits, Alex visits a psychotherapist who suggests hypnotic regression to remedy his vexing problem. THE INVISIBLE FOREST follows Alex's journey through his Subconscious mind in this chiefly improvised film inspired by Alli's deep history directing paratheatrical events. Edited with Chris Odell and 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
- David Finkelstein, (4 stars), NYC NY

---> viewing link


DVD available here



"THE MIND IS A LIAR AND A WHORE" (2007; 91 min. color) An Anxious X-mas Comedy. A quirky Berkeley household - a heartbroken Astrologer, a closet Satanist, an Inuit opera singer, a Gulf War vet, and a WebCast diva - are forced to remain indoors during an alleged bioterrorist attack. Havoc and hilarity prevail as they all grasp for conclusions about what they think is happening during their escalating uncertainty. THE MIND IS A LIAR AND A WHORE is a prescient tale mirroring the anxiety of the current era of fear-based politics and government-imposed social restrictions. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Edited with Chris Odell. 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, (4 stars) NYC

---> viewing link


DVD available here


"THE GREATER CIRCULATION" (2005; 93 min. color and B&W) A Poetic Docufiction. Over three fever-dream nights in the Hotel Biron, Paris 1908, poet Rainer Maria Rilke encounters the ghost of his friend, artist Paula Modersohn-Becker, who died shortly after birthing her first child. In response to his loss, Rilke 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 and their director prepare to stage Rilke's "Requiem" as an avant garde performance ritual with reverberations echoing from one century into the next. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Edited with Chris Odell. "Requiem for a Friend" in its entirety by Rainer Maria Rilke (Stephen Mitchell, trans.). Screenplay & direction by Antero. 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, (5 stars out of 5) NYC New York

---> viewing link


DVD available here


"UNDER A SHIPWRECKED MOON" (2003; 96 min. color) An Ancestral Romance. The power of a long-buried family secret is unleashed when the extreme rituals of 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 dream quest is the spirit of his grandmother Sisu, a Finnish sorceress (Sylvi Alli). UNDER A SHIPWRECKED MOON is a surrealistic fable of true love, giant hedgehogs and the mystical depths of ancestral bonds.  Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Edited with Chris Odell. Cinematography, screenplay, and direction 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, (4 stars) NYC New York

---> viewing link


DVD available here

"HYSTERIA" (2002) 

"HYSTERIA" (2002; 83 min. color and B&W) 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 grants him a mission. To fulfill his religious destiny, he migrates westward to Oakland California and starts pugilist training in preparation for his incendiary apotheosis. HYSTERIA was made in early 2002 in response to the rampant racial profiling of Middle Eastern people after the 9/11 attacks in NYC. Written and produced by Antero Alli and Jakob Bokulich (who also plays Ikar). Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Edited with Chris Odell. Cinematography and direction 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, (5 stars out of 5) NYC New York

---> viewing link


DVD available here

"TRAGOS" (2000/01) 


"TRAGOS" (2000/01; 105 min. B&W w/colorA 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 assimilated into the program. Robert Logos, a fundamentalist Christian attorney views the tribe as a Satanic suicide cult and hires an unemployed actor to pose as a detective to secure their demise. TRAGOS explores the modern tragedy of soul loss in a virtualized, hyper-digital society of spectacle. Soundtrack by Sylvi Alli & others. Edited with Chris Odell. 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 (4 stars out of 5) NYC New York

---> viewing link


DVD available here


"THE DRIVETIME" (1995; 86 min. color and B/W) 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 primitive Time Travel device to return to Seattle circa 1999 via the dreams of a video activist. THE DRIVETIME was created during the birth of the internet within the seething underground Seattle subculture, circa 1995, four years before the 1999 WTO riots ignited mayhem in the streets there. Edited with John Comerford. Written and produced with Rob Brezsny. Cinematography and direction 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

---> viewing link


DVD available here

"THE ORACLE" (1993; final cut 2021)

"THE ORACLE" (1993; recut in 2021; 58:30 min; color) A Poetic Bardo 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 reappears in the internal landscape of his dreams as a guide to the great beyond. Meanwhile, his estranged son Brandon visits him and finds himself participating in an unexpected ritual of ancestral healing. THE ORACLE is the filmmaker's debut feature made soon after the sudden daeth of his young daughter, Zoe (see "Director's Notes" below). Cinematography, editing, screenplay, and direction by Antero. Click images for production details.

.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


"THE ORACLE", my debut feature art film was made six months after
the sudden death of my second daughter, Zoe, as a collaboration with
her mother Camille Hildebrandt who also appears in the story 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 publically.

After watching it 25 years later, I felt that time had healed something
in me; I felt ready to share it again. Though this online version suffers
a bit from video compression and occasional uneven audio quality,
I'm pleasantly surprised at how well it actually holds up
. - Antero

DVD not available

The VideoPoems (since 1992)

"Fears", Rainer Maria Rilke (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 (4 stars) 

Rilke's Dream #1 - Rainer Maria Rilke and "A Poison Tree" - William Blake

---> 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
RILKE'S DREAM #1 (3:00 2005) Rainer Maria Rilke
RILKE'S DREAM #2 (4:00; 2005) 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

DVD available of most of the VideoPoems

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

"A WIDER LIGHT" (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 genre,
I was free to follow the creative impulse. The music and songs in
these videos are by individuals and bands I personally know who
granted me permission to interpret their music in this way.

"UNDER" (2018) Sylvi Alli and ParaTheatrical ReSearch

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

DVDs not available

Experimental Short Works
under 33 minutes (1992-2023)

"LILY IN LIMBO" (1996-2001)

Since 1992, I've been creating short videos that don't really fall
into any existing categories besides maybe 'experimental.' These
fifteen videos (titles listed below link) include descriptions on how
each one developed as a specific experiment.
- Antero

"COLD FORCE" (1993) and

---> Experimental Shorts viewing links
THE CELEBRANTS (2023; 32 min)
THE BEACH TRILOGY (2021; 3 shorts, under 3 min. each)
MARIONETTE (2015; 3:48)
THE ANIMA (2008-15; 4:32)
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.)

DVDs not available

ParaTheatrical ReSearch

"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 that gives visceral, somatic
expression to Carl Jung's "active imagination" for making the Unconscious,
Whenever a given group reached
proficiency in this work, public
performances were developed with participants and directed by myself and
then, documented in videos for online and public screenings.
-- Antero

---> ParaTheatrical ReSearch viewing links
INNERVIEW (2023; 2 hrs. 14 min.) Parts 1, 2, & 3.
4 STAGES OF WORK (2020; 10 min.)
FALLEN MONSTERS (2018; 64 min.)
SOROR MYSTICA (2017; 42 min.)
BARDOVILLE (2017; 3 min.)
A TURBULENCE OF MUSES (2016; 39 min)
ORPHANS OF DELIRIUM (2004; 84 min)
CRUX (1999; 80 min.)
ARCHAIC COMMUNITY (1991; 87 min.)



ANTERO ALLI was born 11/11/1952 in Helsinki, Finland where he maintains citizenship. In 1993, he began writing and directing his idiosyncratic feature films in a personal style bearing an imprint of his deep history creating experimental theatre (since 1975). His films have been extensively reviewed at and have screened on the west coast arthouse circuit since 1995. Between 1992 and 2002, he curated the Nomad VideoFilm Festival, a USA west coast touring venue of experimental shorts. In 2015, he took a five year hiatus from films to direct and produce five intermedia performance rituals while creating a series of music videos as bird&wolf with his partner, Sylvi, in Portland Oregon where they currently reside. Antero returned to cinema in 2020 with "The Vanishing Field", in 2021 with "The Alchemy of Sulphur"and in 2022 with "Tracer", which premiered on Autumn Equinox to a full house at Portland's Clinton Street Theatre. Antero is also the author of numerous esoteric books and the creator of ParaTheatrical ReSearch, an exploration of asocial group ritual dynamics and experimental theatre. He is currently in post-production for "Blue Fire", his forthcoming feature art film; 7pm, 9/21/23 world premiere at Clinton Street Theater.




"The Alchemy of Sulphur" (2021; 107 min.)

April 2, 2023 Video (Zoom) Interview
Antero discusses his filmmaking process in-depth

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"Why I Make Movies"


"The Greater Circulation" (2005; 93 min.)

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