(2020/21; 71 minutes; USA)

a monastic drama

Jogen Salzberg (a Zen Buddhist monk, not a professional actor)
stars brilliantly as “Jacob,” an intense young millennial in search of
spiritual transformation in Antero Alli’s "The Vanishing Field", an
astonishingly original masterpiece and a gem of a motion picture."
- Charles Kruger for Flickstorm -- click this for the entire review

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Trailer and Synopsis (no spoilers)






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
leave his body and "hack the bardo" to be reborn into another life, another era.
The astral worlds he discovers shakes the very ground of his very being and
pushes him into a dangerous abyss from which there may be no return.




THE CAST & THE CREW



Tomas (Ed Welsh) and Jacob (Jogen Salzberg) negotiate an esoteric pact


JOGEN SALZBERG as Jacob
HOGEN BAYS, Roshi as himself
ED WELSH as Tomas
SYLVI ALLI as the Ubume
DOUGLAS ALLEN as the Dragonfly
NITA BRYANT as the Oracle and the Mother



Jacob (Jogen Salzberg) awakens in another dimension

~ The Crew ~

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
Sylvi Alli (costumes & make-up), Ed Welsh, Cibyl Kavan,
Robert D'Esposito, Sage O'Reilly, and Dragos Dobai

CGI by Michael McWhirter@FinisherMedia.com Soundtrack, Sylvi Alli
Additional music by Spider the Akronaut, Jogen Salzberg, Antero Alli
Thanks to the gracious support of The Great Vow Zen Monastery.
Spoken words improvised around ideas presented by the director.
Oracle monologue by Anton Chekhov (from "The Sea Gull")
Story, cinematography, editing, & direction by Antero Alli.



VISION STATEMENT, REVIEWS & VIEWER RESPONSES, FILMOGRAPHY, IMDb




The Oracle (Nita Bryant) confronts Jacob on the astral planes


VISION STATEMENT by Antero Alli
How and Why this Movie was Made

Three Reviews plus Audience Responses
Including more stills from the movie

Antero Alli, filmography -- Produced by Vertical Pool