Insurrection of the Poetic Imagination

I don't call myself an artist.  Best to let others, the world, decide what to call you. I see myself more as a kind of interruptor. I like interrupting assumptions, expectations, and beliefs that inhibit perception. I want new ways of seeing. I want intimacy with the fertile void, source of all creation, and its hilarious offspring, the singing womb of the  the Poetic Imagination. My films are inspired by personal experiences and camoflauged to obscure my sources and protect their identities. My films are also marketing nightmares; they don't fit into any existing genre. If I were to identify them, I'd call them oneric docufictions.

My media-making journey began with tragedy. With the sudden death of my beautiful young daughter Zoe in September of 1992, the worst thing that could ever happen to me, happened to me. Great losses sometimes come with great gifts and, this massive loss gifted me with vision. The eyes of my eyes opened. I saw "death" as an illusion, an intellectual symbol for fear, social control, and oppression. I saw through the lies of society and glimpsed the eternal cycles of Life. People come and go but Life itself continues. I saw how we are all, at essence, Love; I've seen true Love trump Death.

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"The Oracle "
 (1993) and "Tragos" (2001) 

Waves of grief and epiphany guided the scripting and production of my first feature, THE ORACLE (1993), about a cynical patriarch whose granddaughter, Ariadne, appears in his dreams as a guide on his final night on earth. As my own cynicism withered I became inspired by my friend Rob Brezsny's ideas of the interface between dreamtime and daytime realities. Together, we wrote and produced THE DRIVETIME (1995), about a federal time-travelling librarian from the year 2023 returning to 1999 via the dreams of a Seattle video activist shooting police riots. Five years later, I explored conflicting religious beliefs in TRAGOS (2001), a cyber-noir witch hunt tale about a fundamentalist Christian attourney who prosecutes the leader of an urban tribe of technopagans when he becomes  convinced they are a 'satanic suicide cult'. 

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"Hysteria" (2002) and "Under a Shipwrecked Moon" (2003) 

The racial profiling immediately following the 9/11 attacks outraged the making of HYSTERIA (2002; written with Jakob Bokulich), about a Croatian Catholic soldier who drinks datura tea and mistakes a powerful hallucination for a visitation from the Holy Virgin Mary. On my fiftieth birthday, I returned to my Finnish roots in UNDER A SHIPWRECKED MOON (2003), where a Finnish-American family visits their hospitalized, comatose patriarch whose true love beckons him to the great beyond in his dreams. Women I have known who stood at the crossroads between sacrificing their lives to Art or Motherhood inspired the making of THE GREATER CIRCULATION (2005), a poetic docufiction set in present-time Berkeley and in Paris, 1908 -- where poet Rainer Maria Rilke transforms his grief over the sudden death of his friend, artist Paula Modersohn-Becker, into his epic prose lament, "Requiem for a Friend". 

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"The Greater Circulation" (2005) and "The Invisible Forest" (2008) 

The fear-mongering politics of terrorism triggered the making of my anxious X-mas comedy, THE MIND IS A LIAR AND A WHORE (2007), about a quirky Berkeley household climbing the slippery slopes between actual and perceived threats during an alleged bioterrorist attack in their city. I returned to my earliest theatrical influence, Antonin Artaud, to make THE INVISIBLE FOREST (2008) about an insomniac theatre director (whom I portray) conducting a group paratheatrical experiment in a forest when a series of disturbing dreams forces him to question his sanity. The suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of my friend and mentor, Christopher S. Hyatt, compelled the creation of  TO DREAM OF FALLING UPWARDS (2011), a zany occult thriller about an urban sex magickian who visits a Castaneda-style desert witch to help him solve a vexing esoteric dilemma. 

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"To Dream of Falling Upwards" (2011) and "Flamingos" (2012)

A need to work through my many unresolved relationships and liasons with women led to the making of FLAMINGOS (2012), an outlaw romance noir about twin sisters in love with a bank-robbing hypnotist junkie. My urban fable THE BOOK OF JANE (2013) developed from a vision of three generations of feminist women and the overlapping worlds of the nomadic homeless, sheltered academia, and pre-Hellenic goddess worship. My ongoing relationship with the imaginal realm of the Muses inspired OUT OF THE WOODS, a magical realist drama of a young man who survives a near-death experience with amnesia and a disturbing new psychic talent that forces a new identity.

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"The Book of Jane" (2013) and "Out of the Woods" (2015) 

Between productions and film tours I do next to nothing, watch films by my favorite filmmakers and/or participate in paratheatrical research, a group ritual process that sometimes inspires seed visions for my films. I started this ritual work in 1977 inspired by Jerzy Grotowski's work with groups in the forests of Poland during the seventies (as told by Andre Gregory in the film, "My Dinner with Andre"). Between 1992 and 2012, I produced four feature-length videos documenting my paratheatrical research: ARCHAIC COMMUNITY (1992), CRUX (1999), ORPHANS OF DELIRIUM (2004) and DREAMBODY/EARTHBODY (2012). In 2003, my paratheatrical workbook "Towards an Archeology of the Soul" (Vertical Pool) was published.

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"Orphans of Delirium" (2004) and "Dreambody/Earthbody" (2012)

Between 1991 and 2001, I crafted about a dozen short works including LILY IN LIMBO (1996; with Sylvi Alli), ROADKILL, (2001) and more abstract "videopoems" using text by Rilke, Neruda, H.D., Rimbaud, Plath, Tzara, & others.  With the exception of my short works, most of what I have done has been highly collaborative and would never have happened without the talent, skill and energy of many others. I am especially grateful for the personal and artistic support of my wife, the multi-talented singer/composer/actress, Sylvi Alli (since 1990) and my skillful film editor, Chris Odell (since 2000). 

 

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VideoPoems: "Fears" (2001) and "Lily in Limbo" (1996)

So far, all my movies have been self-funded and/or co-produced with my peers. I don't see the point in applying and waiting for corporate grants or studio funding when I can start work right away. Not including the time it takes to raise funds, each movie typically takes six to twelve months from concept to final cut. After ten years of submitting my work to film festivals with zero success, I have chosen the more gratifying option of touring my movies at west coast arthouses and universities. These public screenings gain promotional support by critical reviews at filmthreat.com, sittingnow.co.uk and mindjack.com. My movies are also available on dvd at this webpage and can be booked by event producers here.

Of course, I would like my work to achieve more exposure. Until then, I continue making the movies I want to make and setting up screenings in receptive venues. Persistence has its own pay off. What is success to me? Zero compromise. What is the purpose of money? To fund my next project. What is the true nature of fame? Grease for the publicity machines. Love? What makes life worth living. Truth? Everything beyond advertising. And God? Everything beyond that.

truly,
ANTERO ALLI
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YouTube, I.M.Db., Filmography, Bibliography, Paratheatre

 


Antero Alli (Wiki-bio)

VIMEO PAGE and YOU-TUBE CHANNEL
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IMDb Profile
Internet Movie Database

Filmography
since 1991

Bibliography
since 1986

Paratheatre
since 1977

 


Trailers, Excerpts, Critical Reviews




"Out of the Woods" (2015; 111 min.)
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"The Book of Jane" (2013; 120 min.)
click image to watch a 5-min. excerpt

"The Book of Jane" reviewed (2013)
by Phil Hall, filmthreat.com (5 stars)

The Book of Jane" reviewed (2014)
by Charles Tatum, hollywoodbitchslap.com (4 stars)



"dreambody/earthbody" (2012; 80 min.)
click image to watch the trailer

  "dreambody/earthbody" reviewed (2013)
by David Finkelstein, filmthreat.com (4 stars)


 
"Flamingos" (2012; 90 min.)
click image to watch a 3-min. excerpt


"Flamingos" reviewed (2013)
by David Finkelstein for filmthreat.com (4 stars) 

"Flamingos" reviewed (2012) 
by Ken Eakins for Right Where You Are Sitting Now (U.K.) 

"Flamingos" reviewed (2012)
by Mike Everleth for BadLit: Journal of Underground Films 


 
"To Dream of Falling Upwards" (2011; 120 min.)
click image to watch the trailer


"To Dream of Falling Upwards" reviewed (2011)
by David Finkelstein for filmthreat.com (4 stars)

"To Dream of Falling Upwards" reviewed (2011)
by Phil Hall for filmthreat.com (4.5 stars)

"To Dream of Falling Upwards" reviewed (2011)
by Ken Eakins, Right Where are Sitting Now 



"The Invisible Forest " (2008; 111 min.)
click image to watch the trailer 


"The Invisible Forest" reviewed 
(2010)
by David Finkelstein, filmthreat.com (4-stars)

"The Invisible Forest" reviewed (2008)
by Cedrus Monte, Jungian Analyst. Zurich, Switzerland

"The Invisible Forest" reviewed (2008)
by Erik Davis, author. San Francisco CA. 

"The Invisible Forest" reviewed (2008) 
from Right Where You Are Sitting Now, U.K. 



"The Mind is a Liar and a Whore " (2007; 91 min.)
click image to watch the trailer 


filmthreat.com
(2012) 
"Mind is a Liar & a Whore" reviewed by David Finkelstein (4 stars)

The San Francisco Chronicle (2007)
Story by Reyhan Harmanci



"The Greater Circulation " (2005; 93 min.)
click image to watch an excerpt 

filmthreat.com (2014) 
David Finkelstein's review of "The Greater Circulation" (4 stars)

filmthreat.com (2005) 
Phil Hall's review of "The Greater Circulation" (5 stars)

mindjack.com  (2006)
Jesse Walker 's review of "The Greater Circulation" 

Rilke from a Jungian perspective (2008) 
Cedrus Monte's review of "The Greater Circulation"




"Orphans of Delirium" (2004; 83 min.)
click image to watch an excerpt 

filmthreat.com (2010)
"Orphans of Delirium" reviewed
by David Finkelstein (4-stars)


 
"Under a Shipwrecked Moon" (2003; 96 min.) 
click image to watch the teaser 


filmthreat.com (2015)
"Under a Shipwrecked Moon" reviewed by David Finkelstein (4 stars)

University of Irvine (2004)
"Under a Shipwrecked Moon" reviewed by Christina Nersesian

New World Finn (2004)
"Under a Shipwrecked Moon" reviewed by Harri Siitonen




"Tragos" (2000; 105 min.) 
click image to watch an excerpt 


filmthreat.com
(2001)
Phil Hall's review of "Tragos" (four stars) 

Reason Magazine  (2001) 
Jesse Walker's story & review of "Tragos"

New World Finn (2002)
Harri Siitonen reviews "Tragos" & "Hysteria"



"Hysteria" (2002; 83 min.) 
click image to watch the opening scene 


filmthreat.com 
(2002)
Phil Hall's review of "Hysteria" (five stars) 

mindjack.com (2004)
Jesse Walker's review of "Hysteria" 

Sacramento News & Review (2002)
Jackson Griffith's review & story of "Hysteria"



"Roadkill" (2001; 27 min.) 
click image to watch an excerpt 


filmthreat.com   (2001)
Phil Hall's review of "Roadkill" (4 stars)


"Mouvement" (2001; 4 min.) A VideoPoem; text by Arthur Rimbaud
click left image to view "Mouvement" in its entirety
"Lily in Limbo" " (1996; 27 min.) A PoetryFilm; text by H.D. 
click right image to view an excerpt from "Lily in Limbo" 


filmthreat.com review of VideoPoems 
(2010)
VideoPoems Review by David Finkelstein (4 stars)

East Bay Express (2001)
Kelly Vance's review of Alli's Videopoems


"CRUX" (1999; 80 min.) 
Click either image to watch an excerpt


EAST BAY EXPRESS
(2009)
Story on CRUX by Anneli Rufus

TRIP Magazine reviews CRUX  (2001)
CRUX reviewed by Scott O. Moore


"The Drivetime" (1995; 85 min.) 
Click image to watch an excerpt


Wired Magazine and Pacific Film Archive
(1996)
Two separate reviews of "The Drivetime"

Seattle Rocket (1995) 
Teresa Parks review of "The Drivetime"

Jacksonville Film Journal  (1995)
Brian Matherly's review of "The Drivetime"

 

 


Media Stories and Interviews

 


"The Invisible Forest" (2008)

CineSource
Story by Doniphan Blair (2012) 

San Jose MetroActive 
Story by Gary Singh (2012) 

Artship Video Interview 
by Slobodan Dan Paitch (2003)

Bad Lit: Journal of Underground Films
by Mike Everleth (2008- 2012)

"A Deliberate Disorientation of the Senses"
Antero discusses "The Invisible Forest" (2008)

San Francisco Chronicle (1/25/07) 
Reyhan Harmanci on "The Mind is a Liar & a Whore"

"The Encyclopedia of Underground Movies"
Interview from the book by Phil Hall (1999)




Venues & Bookings


 

VENUES THAT HAVE SCREENED ANTERO ALLI FILMS 

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM (Seattle), UC IRVINE (Irvine CA), PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE (Berkeley), MILLS COLLEGE CONCERT HALL (Oakland), FINE ARTS CINEMA (Berkeley), RED VIC MOVIEHOUSE (S.F.), PICKFORD CINEMA (Bellingham WA), DIVA CENTER (Eugene OR), CELLspace (S.F.), A.T.A. GALLERY (S.F.), PARKWAY SPEAKEASY THEATRE (Oakland), HOLLYWOOD THEATRE, (Portland), CLINTON ST. THEATER (Portland), GUILD (NW Film Center, Portland), 911 MEDIA ARTS (Seattle), CREST THEATRE (Sacramento), RED POPPY ART HOUSE (S.F.), BERKELEY ART CENTER (Berkeley), ROSE THEATRE (Port Townsend WA), ABUNDANT SUGAR (Los Angeles), 21 GRAND (Oakland), OAKLAND BLACK BOX (Oakland), DANZHAUS (S.F.), THE JAZZHOUSE (Berkeley), LIVE OAK THEATRE (Berkeley), LA PENA (Berkeley), ARTSHIP (Port of Oakland), MAGIC THEATRE (Nevada City), I-GONG (Seoul, S. Korea), FINNISH BROTHERHOOD HALL (Berkeley), MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (Santa Monica), VELVET ELVIS ARTS THEATRE (Seattle), COLOURBOX (Seattle), JUPITER CAFE and BLAKE'S (Berkeley), WEATHERED WALL (Seattle), GRACE NORTH CHURCH (Berkeley), ILLUSEUM (Amsterdam, Netherlands), THE HUMANIST HALL (Oakland), ANNO DOMINI GALLERY (San Jose), SUBTERRANEAN ARTHOUSE (Berkeley), THE LOST CHURCH (San Francisco), CLOUD 9 (Berkeley), BERKELEY ARTS FESTIVAL (Berkeley), THE DREAM INSTITUTE (Berkeley), EAST BAY MEDIA CENTER (Berkeley), UNIVERSITY BOOK STORE (Berkeley), SANTA CRUZ INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART (Santa Cruz), BOLINAS COMMUNITY CENTER (Bolinas)

UPCOMING SCREENINGS 
Almost Always on the West Coast (from Santa Cruz to Seattle)

THE AUDIENCE FOR ALLI FILMS
Where and How to See Them

ON BOOKING THESE MOVIES
Screening Packages for Event Producers 



Creative Process, Inspirations, Influences



 


ON THE CREATIVE PROCESS

A Cinema of Otherness
On Subverting Mainstream Values & Standards

Notes on the Muses Dialogue
The Singing Womb of the Poetic Imagination



INSPIRATIONS & INFLUENCES

CINEMA
TARKOVSKYBRESSON, HERZOGCASAVETTESCOCTEAU, FELLINI,
JODOROWSKYWENDERSVON TRIER LYNCHKORINEMADDIN 

THEATRE
JERZY GROTOWSKI
ROBERT WILSON ULTIMA VEZ, MUMP & SMOOT
ANTENNA THEATRE
THE WOOSTER GROUPAMERICAN MIME THEATRE

MUSIC
SPACE TEAM ELECTRAARVO PARTANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS
TUXEDO MOON
PAULINE OLIVEROSSYLVI ALLI,
GLENN BRANCAPHILIP GLASS

POETRY
ARTHUR RIMBAUDRAINER M. RILKEPABLO NERUDAWILLIAM BLAKE
HILDA DOOLITTLESYLVIA PLATHEE CUMMINGS, CHARLES BUKOWSKI
JIM CARROLL
TRISTAN TZARA , ROBINSON JEFFERSW.B. YEATS
CHARLES BAULDELAIRESTEPHANE MALLARME 

IDEAS
 HAKIM BEYJAMES HILLMANJ. KRISHNAMURTI,
RAY CARNEYGEORGES I. GURDJIEFFTIMOTHY LEARY,


 


contact points


ANTERO ALLI
PO Box 10144, Berkeley CA 94709 USA
voicemail: (510) 464-4640
antero@paratheatrical.com


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