WHY DO I MAKE FILMS?
As a queer Latin American artist I make films to break conventions because I want newer generations of minorities to feel represented. I believe that today we live in a multicultural, gender fluid world where cultural boundaries and traditions are shifting and film is a powerful tool that can motivate and display these changes.
Anto (they/them) is an experimental filmmaker, director of photography, film curator and performance artist from Santiago, Chile, based in Brooklyn, NY. Rooted in physical theater, Anto explores dynamic interconnections between experimental narrative, poetic documentary, performance art and the intricacies of queer identity, searching for a hybrid and non-binary cinema.
Anto has taught 16mm film production at Emerson College, Keene State College and Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is one of the founding members of the AgX Film Collective in Boston.
In 2021 they became an Oberhausen Film Festival Seminar Fellow. Anto's films have screened in several venues and festivals such as Frontera Sur, Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, Echo Park Film Center, Montreal Underground Film Festival, Artifact Small Format Film Festival, Crater-Lab, Zumzeig CineCooperativa, Hot Bits Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, DocMontevideo, Craig Baldwin’s Other Cinema, among others. Anto works with multiple artists as a cinematographer. Their film collaboration with visual artist Marie Karlberg "The Good Terrorist" was selected for the 2021-2022 Greater New York exhibit at MoMA PS1. Anto's film/performance "Render My Body" was programmed for the 2021 Ars Electronica in NYC as part of the Conscious Community program.
In January, 2020 Anto curated the experimental film screening about Chile’s 2019 social uprising "The People’s Revolt". The screening had a sister screening with new work on the same topic in 2022 called "The People's Revolt: A New Constitution". In 2022, through an open call Anto was selected to co-curate "Children of the Moon" a film program with queer and trans POC artists from LatinAmerica for the Go Shorts Film Festival in Netherlands. Anto has been invited as a guest-curator for the 41st Uppsala Short Film Festival, an Academy Award qualifying film festival in Sweden. Anto is currently a member of the Programming Committee and an artist in residency at the new Millennium Film Workshop where they program and exhibit work every month.
experimental | hybrid | poetic | non-binary
The path to a hybrid art
Anto uses 16mm film and video to create visual portraits of personal and intimate themes. Their work navigates between internal reflexive dialogs, meditational movement and critical anthropological observations. Through their queer trans and dyke identity they break narrative and documentary traditions to create a more hybrid cinema. Anto considers themselves a spiritual artist, and believes that the pagan is a queer construct that plays an important role in the worldview of their art.