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Film Tour: Antero Alli’s Flamingos

By Mike Everleth ⋅ February 24, 2012

Woman reading a book while sitting on the beach

West coast underground filmmaker Antero Alli is hitting the road again, this time with his 10th feature film, Flamingos. The movie will make its world premiere in Oakland, CA on Feb. 29 and then travel northwards through San Francisco, San Jose, Portland and Seattle.

A metaphysical crime romance, Flamingos stars Madeline H.D. Brown in the dual role of twin sisters, Beatrice and Zoe, who are both in love with the same man: Ray (Joe Estlack), a man who robs banks through hypnosis.

Although he’s married to Beatrice, Ray runs off with Zoe after his latest heist. The spurned wife instigates divorce proceedings while two agents from the Bardo interzone begin to take interest in the lovers’ fates.

Alli has been making films since 1993, which grew out of his experience with the paratheatrical, a style of theater that seeks to erase the lines between audience and performers. Alli only screens his films during limited west coast tours and then offers them for sale on his website.

Much of Flamingos was improvised by the actors and/or with little to no rehearsal between them and with the filmmaker. More on Alli’s inspiration and working methods for the film can be found at his Vertical Pool website.

The currently confirmed list of tour dates is below. Alli will be in attendance at all the screenings, and most of them will also include a live musical performance. Then, below the dates, please watch a clip from the film and browse the photo gallery of movie stills.

Feb. 29
8:00 p.m. (doors open 7:30 p.m.)
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street (near Broadway)
Oakland, CA 94609
(Sylvi Alli will perform songs from the film before the screening)
(Post screening Q&A with director)

March 7
8:00 p.m. (doors open 7:30 p.m.)
The Lost Church
65 Capp St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Sylvi Alli will perform songs from the film before the screening)
(Filmmaker in person)

March 16
8:00 p.m. (doors open 7:30 p.m.)
Anno Domini Gallery
366 South First St.
San Jose, CA 95113
(Sylvi Alli will perform songs from the film before the screening)
(Filmmaker in person)

April 21
7:30 p.m. (doors open 7:00 p.m.)
Blazing Star Lodge O.T.O.
130 E 12th St.
Oakland, CA 94606

May 31
8:00 p.m. (doors open 7:30 p.m.)
Sekhet-Maat Lodge O.T.O.
1409 SE Stark St.
(Director & composer in person)

June 1
8:00 p.m. (doors open 7:30 p.m.)
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(Director & composer in person)

June 2
9:00 p.m. (doors open 8:30 p.m.)
Horizon O.T.O.
406 Dexter Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(Director & composer in person)

Watch a clip from the movie Flamingos:

Flamingos photo gallery: