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Film Tour: To Dream Of Falling Upwards

22 February 2011 5:00 AM, PST | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Master of the paratheatrical, filmmaker Antero Alli is hitting various points on the West Coast from February to May with his latest feature film, To Dream of Falling Upwards, an occult, spiritualist thriller.

Although not a practicing member of the occult himself, Alli’s inspiration for those elements in the film came from his dealings with the late Dr. Christopher S. Hyatt, who was himself a practicing Magus of the thelema philosophy developed by Aleister Crowley in the early 20th century.

In the film, after a respected Magus (Arden Schaeffer) passes away, his beloved Temple becomes a battleground between two opposing forces: The Magus’ son (Duncan Cook), who wants to commercialize the enterprise, and Jack Mason (James Wagner), a rising star sex magickian.

Plotting his bold power grab, Jack comes into contact with several unsavory characters, including professional psychopaths and desert witches. Meanwhile, Jack’s apprentices (Jasper Patterson and Brian »

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