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UPCOMING SCREENINGS


CRIMSON SCREEN (Columbia, South Carolina)

28 May 2022, live Q&A with director Steve Balderson GET TICKETS

PHILADELPHIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 

6-11 June 2022

BOGOTÁ, COLUMBIA (A Special Event in association with Bogotá Experimental Film Festival)

11-18 August 2022


MELBOURNE UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

19-28 November 2022

 

MORE "TOUR OF THE SPIRIT" DATES COMING SOON

 

SCROLL DOWN FOR STILLS & TO ORDER THE COFFEE TABLE BOOK

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REVIEWS OF ALCHEMY OF THE SPIRIT

"From director Steve Balderson (Firecracker) comes a visually poetic experience in pure cinema in the tradition of the films of Andrei Tarkovsky and Stan Brakhage."

- Santa Fe New Mexican

"I am in love with this film and what Steve Balderson brings to the table visually and aesthetically.  And Xander Berkeley delivers an award-worthy performance; one of the best of his career."

- Debbie Lynn Elias, Behind the Lens

"Dripping with theatricality... Spectacular.  Alchemy of the Spirit is a genre-bending ode to art and romance.  It's a visual love poem."

- Liz Whittemore, Reel News Daily  

 

"The cinematography conveys this unreal vision through visual disruptions: veils, reflections, glaring light, a slippery sense of time. The colors—blues and yellows—are hypersaturated, as if Argento’s Suspiria were set in the daytime."

- Eva Rosenfeld, The Arts Fuse

"Impressive acting by the main actors, actress Sarah Clarke and actor-artist Xander Berkeley, presenting his own work and the reality behind creation, in an intricate, beautiful, sometimes lyrical piece of the best independent film making."

- Fantasporto Film Festival

"We are in our 70s, living outside Santa Fe, writer/painter/people of spirit. We were moved and inspired by Alchemy and its beautiful portrayal of the movement between grief and creativity, and the dance of life after life. We are 'in' the movie yet today. The generous presence of you and your creative team gave us a passage into both the work and the art of making the film. Thank you."

Erica Kane and John Boland

"Achingly beautiful."

- Jeremy Knox

Starring

XANDER BERKELEY

SARAH CLARKE

WHIP HUBLEY

MINK STOLE

with

Jule Selbo

Alex Coppola

Matthew Delamater

Directed by STEVE BALDERSON

Cinematography by HANUMAN BROWN-EAGLE

Special Make-up Effects JAKE JACKSON

Production Design Xander Berkeley

Visual Effects by Nicolas McEntarfer

Edited by Jimmy Cohen

Music by Heather Schmidt

Sound Design by Sebastián Zunino

Produced by Fahad Alhumaid, Hanuman Brown-Eagle, Matthew Garrett, Jake Jackson, Nathanael Lentz

Synopsis

The Great American artist Oliver Black (Xander Berkeley) wakes to discover his wife Evelyn (Sarah Clarke) has died in their bed overnight. Brimming with magical realism, we enter a world in which the misconceptions of our belief in a solid reality are revealed. Space and time bend in a way to challenge the audience with what is real, what is illusion, and what is beyond... ALCHEMY OF THE SPIRIT explores the mysteries which transcend our physical universe and open a doorway into a different dimension, where ultimately, in the aftermath of death, there is an evolution of life which expands awareness, serenity and inner peace.

PAST SCREENINGS

FANTASPORTO 2022
SANTA FE FILM FESTIVAL 2022

BOSTON SCIENCE FICTION FILM FESTIVAL 2022

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SHOT BY SHOT: ALCHEMY OF THE SPIRIT

Film Threat writes, "Balderson makes movies that are so gorgeous that it's not unreasonable to say that, cinematographically at least, he's the equal of an Argento or Kubrick in their prime. Some people have perfect vocal pitch, Steve has perfect visual composition."

In this coffee table book, Shot by Shot: Alchemy of the Spirit, we see every moment from visionary director Steve Balderson's film. Beautifully photographed by cinematographer Hanuman Brown-Eagle, each frame of the film is a work of art unto itself. This peek into the anatomy of a film's cinematographic composition is a must-have for all film aficionados.

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