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"THE BOOK OF JANE" (2013) 

 



"The Book of Jane" (2013; 117 min.) An Urban Fable of Feminine Initiation. Alice, a Professor of Comparative Religion, is writing a book exalting the ancient values of 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. Alice is also a muse to her live-in partner Colette, an inspired artist who paints goddess portraits. When Colette hears about Jane, she encourages a reluctant Alice to invite her over for dinner. "The Book of Jane" is a story of three woman attempting to advance the values of an ancient culture but at a cost none of them expected. Written, shot, & directed by Antero Alli. Click images for more details.

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

DIRECTOR'S VISION STATEMENT

Soundtrack CD



"FLAMINGOS" (2012) 

 



"Flamingos"
 (2012; 90 min.) An Outlaw Romance Noir. 
Twin sisters Beatrice and Zoe are in love with Ray, a hypnotist-bank robber obsessed by apocalyptic visions. Though Beatrice and Ray are married, Ray absconds with free spirit Zoe after a bank heist to the Flamingo motel to plot their future together. Meanwhile, Beatrice files for divorce as two entities from a parallel Bardo realm observe and influence their fates in this heady cocktail chaser of amour fou, crime, and metaphysical mischief. Written, shot, and directed by Antero Alli. Click images for more details.

WATCH EXCERPT #1
WATCH EXCERPT #2

"Flamingos" - multiple reviews

DIRECTOR'S VISION STATEMENT

Soundtrack CD



"TO DREAM OF FALLING UPWARDS" (2011) 




"To Dream of Falling Upwards"
 (2011; 125 min.) A Zany Occult Thriller. 
After the elder magus of an occult order dies, his biological son unexpectedly inherits the temple with plans to commercialize it. This outrages Jack Mason, the more qualified inheritor, whose vow of vengeance drives him through a maze of underworld encounters with professional psychopaths, Castaneda-style brujas, and a twist of fate he never saw coming. Meanwhile, Jack assigns his two hot-headed apprentices the ego-corrosive ritual of going into business as clowns. Written, shot, and directed by Antero Alli. Click image for more details.

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Nudity, sexual situations, language, drug use.

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

DIRECTOR'S LINER NOTES 



"THE INVISIBLE FOREST" (2008) 

 



"The Invisible Forest"
 (2008; 111 min.) A Hypnogogic Drama. 
Alex, an experimental theatre director (Antero Alli), brings his troupe out to a forest to perform his vision of French Surrealist Antonin Artaud's (Clody Cates) magic theatre of ghosts, gods, and demons. During their forest experiment, Alex is haunted by reoccuring dreams where Artaud appears and mocks his ambitions. With his sanity pushed to its limits, Alex visits a psychotherapist who suggests hypnotic regression to remedy his problem. Under hypnosis, we travel with Alex through the internal landscape of his Subconscious -- where hallucinations, dreams, and memories reside and then onward to a place beyond belief, beyond words, beyond the mind itself. Written and directed by Antero Alli with additional text by William Shakesepare and Antonin Artaud.  Click images for more details.

WATCH THE TRAILER 

"The Invisible Forest" Reviewed
by David Finkelstein for filmthreat.com (4 stars)

DIRECTOR'S PRODUCTION BLOG



"THE MIND IS A LIAR AND A WHORE" (2007) 

 



"The Mind is a Liar and a Whore
" (2007; 92 min.) An Anxious X-mas Comedy. A typical Berkeley household - a heartbroken Astrologer, a closet Satanist, an Inuit opera singer and a WebCast diva - is forced indoors during an alleged bioterrorist attack and a citywide lockdown. Ona, a webcast diva with her own show, thinks the Feds are shifting into a fullblown police state. Her roomies think she's paranoid. Havoc and hilarity prevail as they all scramble to their own conclusions about what they think might be happening during their escalating states of uncertainty. Written and directed by Antero Alli. Click images for more details.

WATCH THE TRAILER 
WATCH AN EXCERPT

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

DIRECTOR'S LINER NOTES



"THE GREATER CIRCULATION" (2005) 




"The Greater Circulation"
 (2005; 93 min.) A Poetic Docufiction. Over three fever-dream nights in the Hotel Biron, Paris 1908, poet Rainer Maria Rilke encounters the ghost of his good friend, artist Paula Modersohn-Becker, who died shortly after birthing her first child. Rilke transforms his grief into an epic prose lament, "Requiem for a Friend", addressing the central drama of women at the crossroads between a life of Art or Motherhood. Meanwhile, a hundred years later in Berkeley California, three women prepare to stage Rilke's "Requiem" as an avant garde performance ritual. Written & directed by Antero Alli; Requiem for a Friend (included in its entirety throughout the film) written by Rainer Maria Rilke (trans., Stephen Mitchell). Click images for more details.

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"The Greater Circulation" reviewed
by Phil Hall for filmthreat.com (5 stars)

DIRECTOR'S NOTES



"UNDER A SHIPWRECKED MOON" (2003) 




"Under a Shipwrecked Moon"
 (2003; 96 min.) A Mystical Romance. The power of a long-buried family secret is unleashed when the extreme rituals of young punk rocker Jari catapults his consciousness into the spirit realm as he searches of his father, a ship captain who drowned at sea. Jari's grandmother was a Finnish sorceress whose shamanic powers mysteriously passed onto him in this surrealistic fable of true love, giant hedgehogs and the mystical depths of ancestral bonds. Written, shot and directed by Antero Alli. Click image for more details.

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THIS FILM REVIEWED

SOUNDTRACK CD

THE STORY BEHIND THE MOON



"HYSTERIA" (2002) 




"Hysteria"
 (2002; 83 min.) A Suspense Drama. During the Serb-Croatian war (1991-95), a young Catholic soldier unwittingly drinks hallucinagenic datura tea that triggers a fullblown visitation from the Holy Virgin Mary who delivers his life's mission. To fulfill his new destiny, he travels to Oakland California, starts training as a pugilist, and preparing for his apotheosis. Meanwhile, two Persian sisters become fascinated with their quiet new neighbor and are gradually drawn into his dangerous incendiary fate. Written by Antero Alli and Jakob Bokulich. Directed and shot by Antero Alli. Click images for more details.

WATCH THE OPENING SCENE 

"Hysteria" reviewed
by Phil Hall for filmthreat.com (5 stars)

COMMENTS FROM CAST AND CREW



"TRAGOS" (2000/01) 

 



"Tragos"
 (2000/01; 105 min.) A Cyber-Noir Witch Hunt. An urban tribe of technopagans perform their ecstatic rites in "Tragos", a virtual reality realm. One night their leader, Bella Luxor, overamps the VR program and emerges blind. Her sister, Vivika, does not return at all while her consciousness remains active in the VR world as a large golden bird. Bob Logos, a fundamentalist Christian attourney, views Vivika's mysterious death as the workings of a satanic suicide cult and makes their demise his personal mission. Written and directed by Antero Alli. Click images for more details.

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"TRAGOS" reviewed
by Phil Hall for filmthreat.com (4 stars)

PRODUCTION BACK STORIES



"THE DRIVETIME" (1995) 





"The Drivetime" (1995; 86 min.) A Cyber-Fi Video. In the hopes of obtaining politically sensitive video footage of police riots, a federal achivist 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 is precognitive tale made during the birth of the internet in the thriving subculture of the Seattle underground of the early nineties. Written and produced by Antero Alli and Rob Brezsny.
Directed & shot by Antero Alli. Click image for more product details.

WATCH EXCERPT #1
WATCH EXCERPT #2

DIRECTOR'S LINER NOTES 

Multiple reviews of "THE DRIVETIME"



LOADED VISIONS: THE VIDEOPOEMS (1991-2001) 

 


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"LOADED VISIONS: THE VIDEOPOEMS" 
(1991-2001; 74 min.) Using poetic text as oblique narratives. 
Featuring the 27-min. poetry film, "LILY IN LIMBO" starring SYLVI ALLI 

"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."

from the 4-star review by David Finkelstein for filmthreat.com 
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COLD FORCE, text by Alli; MOUVEMENT, text by Rimbaud; ANTI-PHILOSOPHER, text by Tzara. 

Click this to watch "Rimbaud's MOUVEMENT"

Featuring:
BOOK OF QUESTIONS (1993; 6:00), text by Pablo Neruda
COLD FORCE (1994; 4:00), text by Antero Alli
WITCH BURNING (1998; 4:00), text by Sylvi Plath
A.A. ANTI-PHILOSOPHER (1999; 4:00), text by Tristan Tzara
MOUVEMENT (2001; 4:00) and FAIRY (2001; 4:00), text by Arthur Rimbaud
D.U.I. (1991; 8:00) and THE WORD, WEIRD (1993; 6:30), text by Antero Alli
SOME PASS THIS WAY (1994; 8:00), text by Sean Blosl
and LILY IN LIMBO (1996; 27:00), text by Hilda Doolittle (HD) 
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ParaTheatrical ReSearch Video Documents on DVD
"Orphans of Delirium" (2004) and "dreambody/earthbody" (2012)


 
"Orphans of Delirium" (2004) and "dreambody/earthbody" (2012)

These two video documents show performance and non-performance modes
of a group paratheatre medium I have been actively developing since 1977. 
For paratheatre DVD information, click either of the above images.
- Antero Alli 

"Alli’s technique involves using the body as a resource, and his work follows from the premise that deep knowledge, not only of ourselves but also knowledge of human culture and history, can be found by listening deeply to our muscles, bones, and by fully inhabiting our physical selves." - David Finkelstein (from from his 4-star review for filmthreat.com)



PAYMENT POLICIES, DISCOUNT OFFERS, CONTACTS

 

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CONTACTS
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Postal address:
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Twitter: antero1111

 

DVD FORMAT AND BROADCAST POLICIES
re: the DVD media format
 
Format NTSC. These dvds are recorded in "dvd-r" format, region code "0". The dvd will play on most computers and most dvd players but not all of them. If these dvds do not play on your player, return the dvd in its original (unscratched) condition to receive a full refund.

re: public broadcasts & screenings of these films 
These dvds are released for private home-viewing only. Any public screenings or broadcasts on any public media without written consent from the producers is prohibited by law. Very reasonable rates are offered for public showings of my films, with or without admission charged. If you wish to screen or broadcast any of these films publically, click this.

All DVDs/films listed on this web page © 1991-2014
Antero Alli and Vertical Pool Productions
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ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

 


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ANTERO ALLI (b. 11/11/1952) is a Berkeley-based filmmaker whose deep background in experimental theatre (since 1972) imprints his underground films with their unique surrealistic sensibility. Since 1995, his films have garnered critical praise for their searing social insights and depth of imagination. They screen in rare one-night stands in west coast arthouses and are available on dvd. Antero is the founder/director of ParaTheatrical ReSearch  (since 1977), a center for paratheatre group dynamics in Berkeley CA.

A Cinema of Otherness
Antero on Subverting Mainstream Values & Standards

VISION STATEMENT and VIDEO/FILMOGRAPHY
"Why I Make Movies" -- list of titles , clips, stills, reviews

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