WHY DO I MAKE FILMS?
"I make films that are hard to describe because I believe cinema does not belong to one single tradition, culture or canon. I believe my own trans experience and queerness has helped me see the world in a more fluid way where cultural boundaries and traditions are constantly 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 (Lenapehoking). Anto explores dynamic interconnections between the practice of embodiment and experimental cinema to create visual portraits of personal and political themes in the form of 16mm film, video and performance. Anto has taught film production at MassArt, Emerson College and Keene State College, and is one of the founding members of the AgX Film Collective.
Anto was a Curatorial Fellow at Oberhausen Film Seminar (2021) and Flaherty Seminar (2017) and is a 2022 FCA Emergency Fund Grantee. Their work has screened at Ann Arbor Film Festival, Hot Bits XXX, CreateART, Frontera Sur, Arica Nativa, Emma Goldman Film Festival, WILDDOGS Screendance Festival, Echo Park Film Center, Montreal Underground, Artifact Small Format, Crater-Lab, Zumzeig CineCooperativa, Other Cinema and others. Anto participated as a guest artist for DocMontevideo, Corrient.es and Mills Gallery BCA. Anto works with multiple artists as a cinematographer. Their film collaboration with visual artist Marie Karlberg "The Good Terrorist" was part of the 2021-2022 Greater New York exhibit at MoMA PS1.
Anto has been an independent guest programmer at Anthology Film Archives, Maysles Documentary Center, Go Shorts Film Festival, the Academy Award qualifying film festival in Sweden Uppsala Kort Film Festival and acted as the Lead Programmer of 2023 TRANSlations: Seattle Trans Film Festival. Anto is currently the Program Director at Millennium Film Workshop.
Photo Credit: Fernando Prado B. @fdopradob