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Size Matters Part Ii: Feature-Length Experimental Video

Wednesday, April 5, 2000
The Drivetime
Antero Alli w/ Rob Brezsny U.S., 1995

It's 1999 and a virtual bureaucracy has enveloped Seattle in a seamless web of infomercials, propaganda, and manipulated fantasies. But there are glitches inside this techno-tyranny. The Televisionary Terrorist Net Web has broken from governmental control and is dispersing counter-info to the cocooned populace. Vid (Michael George), a stringer for the official network, has defected to make oppositional tapes with his lover Zola (Susan Mansfield), a devout member of Telepathics Anonymous. Meanwhile, Flux (Michael Douglas), a time-traveling librarian from 2023, infiltrates their dream life in search of subversive video footage. Antero Alli's cautionary tale portrays a convincing technocratic future by submerging the story in a tantalizing visual scrap heap. A saturated mix of nomadic broadcast tags, hyper-layered audio detritus, and graphically fractured images conveys the smothering grip of dystopia. Provocative visuals aside, The Drivetime is at its best when plying its "televisionary" speculations about a spiritual resurgence that will overwhelm virtuality.-Steve Seid

• Written, Photographed by Alli. Additional Text, Music by Rob Brezsny. With Michael George, Susan Mansfield, Michael Douglas. (88 mins, Color, 3/4" video, From ParaTheatrical ReSearch, Televisionary Oracle)