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"OUT OF THE WOODS" (2015)



"Out of the Woods" (2015; 111 min.) A Magical Realist Drama. A young man survives a near-death experience with amnesia and a disconcerting psychic talent that draws him into the strange new world of professional mentalism. Thirty years later, he's a reclusive hermit discovered by a documentary filmmaker who interviews him about his past and why he suddenly walked away from becoming rich and famous. OUT OF THE WOODS is one man’s journey through haunted dreams, childhood memories, and the kindness of strangers in search of the truth about himself and his one true love. Written, shot, & directed by Antero Alli. Click images for more details.

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DIRECTOR'S VISION STATEMENT



"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.

"Underground filmmaker Antero Alli touches on subjects that have been part of his prolific canon – transformative rituals, overcoming communication barriers, self-empowerment by means of a reinvented identity – and presents them in a bold and often challenging new drama that raises the cerebral level of filmmaking substantially. “The Book of Jane” provides evidence of the artistic and intellectual power that can be generated through underground filmmaking. It is also one of Alli’s crowning achievements." - from the 5-star review by Phil Hall, filmthreat.com

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"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 from afar in this heady cocktail chaser of amour fou, crime, and metaphysical mischief. Written, shot, and directed by Antero Alli. Click images for more details.

"FLAMINGOS is thoroughly remarkable in the way it packs dense, engaging layers of honest emotional and spiritual musings in an extremely constricting framework. The message this seems to convey is that sometimes the most intense spiritual journeys happen when one has nowhere to go." - from the review by Mike Everleth, Underground Film Journal

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"TO DREAM OF FALLING UPWARDS" (2011) 




"To Dream of Falling Upwards"
 (2011; 125 min.) A Zany Occult Thriller. 
The elder Magus of the Thelemic Temple of Horus has passed away. Jack Mason, a promising young sex magickian cultivated to advance the lineage, loses his status when the elder Magus' biological son inherits The Order through fraudulent means. Jack plots revenge and falls into a delirious 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. Is TO DREAM OF FALLING UPWARDS an esoteric magickal ritual disguised as a zany occult vengeance tale? (Only the Babes of the Abyss know for sure). Written, shot, and directed by Antero Alli. Click image for more 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 and the cinematography is gorgeous. A stellar cast, the film's great depth and power will keep you thinking for a very long time." - from the 4-star review by David Finkelstein for filmthreat.com

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Nudity, sexual situations, language, drug use.



"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.

"The film was created through improvisations instead of a script and embodies this principle of art-making in its process. It 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, it becomes obvious that the film’s fictional story is constructed out of documentary elements." - from the 4-star review by David Finkelstein for filmthreat.com

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"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, a Gulf War vet, and a WebCast diva - are 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.

"Smart dialogue, compassionate and perceptive character writing, a heightened sense of both the comic and dramatic potential of the situation, sharp editing, and nuanced, powerful performances all come together to lift this film from its the "acting class exercise" level (throwing 6 characters together into a dangerous situation) into a film where comedy and drama serve as a means to explore some of the roots of what it means to be human, and live in a dangerous and unpredictable world." - from the 4-star review by David Finkelstein for filmthreat.com

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"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.

"…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." - from the 5-star review by Phil Hall, filmthreat.com

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"UNDER A SHIPWRECKED MOON" (2003) 




"Under a Shipwrecked Moon"
 (2003; 96 min.) An Ancestral 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 images for more details.

In “Under a Shipwrecked Moon,” filmmaker Antero Alli 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 is seen as a part of everyday life. The visions provide a metaphorical guide to the forces which are the underpinnings of life’s dramas. In doing so, he enables the viewer to build a bridge between the quotidian and the visionary, the living and the dead. - from the 4-star review by David Finkelstein for filmthreat.com

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"HYSTERIA" (2002) 




"Hysteria"
 (2002; 83 min.) A Suspense Drama. During the Serb-Croatian war (1991-95), Ikar - a young Catholic soldier - unwittingly drinks hallucinagenic datura tea triggering a fullblown visitation (or hallucination?) from the Holy Virgin Mary who gives him a special mission. To fulfill his newfound destiny, he migrates westward to Oakland California and starts pugilist training in preparation for his incendiary apotheosis in this compelling suspense drama. Written by Antero Alli and Jakob Bokulich (who also plays Ikar). Directed and shot by Antero Alli. Click images for more 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." - from the 5-star review by Phil Hall, filmthreat.com

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"TRAGOS" (2000/01) 

 



"Tragos"
 (2000/01; 105 min.) A Cyber-Noir Witch Hunt.  Underground San Francisco. An urban tribe of technopagans perform their ecstatic rites in "Tragos", a virtual reality playground. One night their leader, Bella Luxor, overamps the VR program and goes blind while her sister Vivika dies, her consciousness 'assimilated' into Tragos as a disembodied entity. Was her death accidental or was Tragos used as a suicide machine? Robert Logos, a fundamentalist Christian attorney, views Vivika's death as the workings of a satanic suicide cult and hires a mole to infiltrate the cult in this chilling tale of tragedy and redemption in the hyper-digitized era of the future now. Written and directed by Antero Alli. Click images for more details.

Alli's film TRAGOS is an intellectual adrenaline rush of hypnotic strength and emotional depth. In "Tragos," the filmmaker 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 Alli's futuristic tale and the assault on many basic contemporary liberties seems too close for comfort. - - from the 4-star review by Phil Hall, filmthreat.com

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"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 refers to an image-rich corridor expressing the overlap between dreamtime and daytime realities. The Drivetime movie was created during the birth of the internet within the seething underground Seattle subculture, circa 1995. Written and produced by Antero Alli and Rob Brezsny.
Directed & shot by Antero Alli. Click images for more product 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." - from the review by WIRED Magazine

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LOADED VISIONS:
10 Experimental Short Films
 (1991-2001) 

 



"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 


COLD FORCE, text by Alli; MOUVEMENT, text by Rimbaud; ANTI-PHILOSOPHER, text by Tzara. 

Click this to watch "Rimbaud's MOUVEMENT"
Click this to watch an excerpt from "LILY IN LIMBO"

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) 
Click this for production details and a clip from "LILY IN LIMBO" 




ParaTheatrical ReSearch Video Documents on DVD
"Orphans of Delirium" (2004) and "dreambody/earthbody" (2012)



"Orphans of Delirium" (2004); "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 DVD info, clips, and reviews, click either image above.

- Antero Alli 




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ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

 


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ANTERO ALLI  has been writing, directing, and touring his underground feature films since 1995. His deep background in experimental theatre (since 1975) imprints all his films with their distinct surrealistic sensibility. Alli's films can be seen in rare, limited runs on the arthouse circuit from Seattle to Los Angeles and points in between and, on dvd. He is a book author and the founder/director of ParaTheatrical ReSearch.

"A Cinema of Otherness"
Subverting Mainstream Values & Standards

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