My Gift to the World

These films can be seen (free) by clicking the ---> viewing link in each movie
section below to watch on Smart TVs, computers, & iPads (not phones!).
DVD rentals in Portland OR, go to Movie Madness (forthcoming).
Most of these movies can be purchased as DVDs ---> here.


January 28 Premiere


"THE CELEBRANTS" (2023; 32 min.) Made without a script, this video
experiment follows three performing artists  - dancer, singer, guitarist -
who meet and discuss how each approaches a creative state and who then
tests their assumptions in a spontaneous performance. With Antero Alli,
Sylvi Alli, and Douglas Allen in collaboration based on a story by Antero.
Produced by ParaTheatrical ReSearch and Vertical Pool.

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"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 form and new meaning in his daytime 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.

from the review by
Michael Talbot-Hayes for

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DVD Available here



"THE ALCHEMY OF SULPHUR" (2021; 107 min. B&W w/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 encounters catalyzing a spiritual awakening. "The Alchemy of Sulphur" explores the creative writing process as a means of transforming personal suffering into art through 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

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DVD available here


"THE VANISHING FIELD" (2020; 72 min. B&W w/color) A Monastic Drama. Disenchanted with the corruption of society, Jacob joins a Zen monastery in the hopes of escaping the world. One day his meditation practice ignites a spontaneous out of body experience. Intrigued, he starts using meditation to get out of his body and "hack the bardo" so he can be reborn into another life, another era. The astral world he discovers shakes the very ground of his being and pushes him into a dangerous abyss from which there may be no return. Filmed almost entirely at the Great Vow Zen monastery in Oregon, THE VANISHING FIELD was mostly 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

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DVD not available

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

"OUT OF THE WOODS" (2015/final cut, 2021; 87 min. color) A Drama of Magical Realism. A reclusive mentalist is interviewed by a documentary filmmaker about how he came upon his mind-reading talents after a fatal fall in the forest and came back to life with an uncanny agency for hearing what others are thinking. Wandering through the woods at night, he encounters a religious fanatic who offers spiritual healing. The next morning he meets a talent scout on the roadway who recognizes his mental powers and drives him to Reno Nevada with the promise of becoming rich and famous. OUT OF THE WOODS follows one man’s journey down the rabbit hole of haunted dreams, weird luck, and childhood memories to discover his true nature. 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

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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 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 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)

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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, Ray absconds with free spirited Zoe after a bank heist 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 - original 2012 color version
---> viewing link - 2022 B&W version


DVD of 2012 original version

"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 with franchising intentions. Jack Mason - a promising young sex magickian and rightful heir to the Temple - plots revenge through a 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 in this 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

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Nudity, sexual situations, drug use.

DVD available here



"THE INVISIBLE FOREST" (2008; 111 min.; color) A Hypnogogic Drama. Alex, an experimental theatre director (Antero Alli), 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 of Artaud as a wild caustic woman. With his sanity pushed to its limits, Alex visits a psychotherapist who suggests hypnotic regression to remedy his problem. THE INVISIBLE FOREST was chiefly improvised without a screenplay based on the filmmaker'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

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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 indoors during a citywide lock down after to an alleged bioterrorist attack. Havoc and hilarity prevail as they all grasp for conclusions about what they think is happening during the 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

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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 what he believes is the ghost of his friend, artist Paula Modersohn-Becker, who died shortly after birthing her first child. In response, Rilke transforms his grief into "Requiem for a Friend", an epic prose work 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. THE GREATER CIRCULATION is a tribute to the life and work of the poet, Rilke. 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

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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 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 dream quest is the spirit of his grandmother Sisu, a Finnish sorceress. 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

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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 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. 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

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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 tragically dies. Robert Logos, a fundamentalist Christian attorney views the VR device as a suicide machine used by a Satanic suicide cult. He hires an unemployed actor posing as a detective to gather evidence for their demise. TRAGOS explores the contemporary tragedy of soul loss in an increasingly virtualized, hyper-digital society. 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

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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 flawed 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 WTO riots of Seattle 1999. 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

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DVD available here

"THE ORACLE" (1993; final cut 2021)

"THE ORACLE" (1993; recut in 2021; 58:30 min; color) 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. THE ORACLE is the filmmaker's debut feature (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

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"THE ORACLE", my debut feature art film, was made in the months
following the sudden death of my second daughter, Zoe. The film was
a collaboration with Zoe's mother, Camille Hildebrandt who also appears
in the story 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 that time had healed
something in me. Though this online version suffers a bit from occasional
uneven image quality, I'm surprised at how well it actually holds up
- Antero, 3/10/2021

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 here of most of these 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 am free to follow the creative impulse. The music and songs in these
videos are by individuals and bands I personally know who granted
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

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
seventeen 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.)

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 music videos 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.




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