The Drivetime

The Drivetime

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Product Information

Format:DVD
Discs:1
Duration:86 minutes
Year:1995

Description

"The film opens in the year 2023 in the Nostradamus Islands. A librarian named Flux recalls a series of earthquakes that destroyed the continental United States. A totalitarian government took control of the United States following the disaster, but video footage from the pre-earthquake world was lost. Flux is sent by the government back in time to Seattle, Washington, of 1999, to locate video footage of a riot that took place prior to the earthquake. He arrives in a society where telecommunications technology has replaced human interactions, and where police operations are presented as television entertainment. He also discovers the government is putting forth footage of non-existent riots as a means of establishing law and order."
- Wikipedia

Editorial Reviews

One of the most chilling yet innovative cinematic essays on the flaws of today's technology-obsessed society, The Drivetime's iconoclastic view of a future world projects a dazzling stream-of-consciousness skein of technical wizardry and provocative wordplay. The Drivetime follows a bemused, time-traveling librarian from the serenity of 2023 to the chaos of Seattle in 1999, where he uncovers video footage from a riot that triggered the city's collapse. Society's obsession with communications technology has created the near-extinction of conversation. The Drivetime forces viewers to think about where our world is heading and should be seen by anyone who mistakenly believes that all is calm and well in our little digital sphere.

Phil Hall WIRED Magazine

Antero Alli's cautionary tale portrays a convincing technocratic future by submerging the story in a saturated mix of nomadic broadcast tags, hyper-layered audio detritus, and graphically fractured images to convey 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 Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley CA

A visually intoxicating, thematically sobering world.

Tonia Steed The Stranger, Seattle WA

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About the Authors

Antero Alli

Antero Alli is an underground filmmaker and director of ParaTheatrical ReSearch who maintains a private astrological practice in his spare time. He is the author of Angel Tech, Angel Tech Talk, A Modern Shaman's Guide to a Pregnant Universe (with Christopher S. Hyatt), The Akashic Record Player, Astrologik, The Vertical Oracle, and Towards an Archeology of the Soul.

Rob Brezsny

Rob Brezsny is an American astrologer, author, and musician. He is the author of several books including Images Are Dangerous; The Televisionary Oracle; and Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring To Shower You with Blessings. His music has been recorded by Jefferson Starship.