Book of Jane
Book of Jane
"The concepts raised in “The Book of Jane” are profound and often complex and provide evidence of the artistic power that can be generated through underground filmmaking. It is also one of Alli’s crowning achievements."
- Phil Hall, film threat.com (5 stars)
Of special note:
- SYLVI & ANTERO ALLI perform a short set of their music before the film. Filmmaker Q&A after the film.
- This is a Benefit Screening for "Bardoville", a paratheatrical performance ritual directed by Antero Alli featuring E.V.E. (women's Experimental Vocal Ensemble; Sylvi Alli, director) premiering May 12-14 at PerformanceWorks Northwest, PDX.
Doors at 6:30pm.
Purchase ADVANCE TICKETS HERE.
Alice (Marianne Shine), a Professor of Comparative Religion, is writing a book exalting the ancient values of pre-Hellenic goddess mythologies. One day she meets Jane (Luna Olcott), 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 (Madeline H.D. Brown), 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 an urban fable of Feminine initiation for three woman attempting to embody the values of an ancient culture -- but at a deep cost none of them expected.
Watch an excerpt of the film below.
Filmmaker Vision Statement
I was attracted to this vision of three women of different generations sharing the same values and passions that I saw symbolized in the ancient feminine mythologies of The Three Fates and the Triple Goddess (Maiden, Mother, Crone). Though all three principal female characters hold feminist values and strong interests in Goddess mythologies, the story I wanted to tell was more about human nature, especially how shocks and traumas can sometimes act like evolutionary triggers transforming our lives for the better, even though by outward appearances it may seem otherwise. - Antero Alli