Featured Film: Temple Island

Director, Anto Astudillo
Official Selection


Eddie Martinez is a dancer for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. In 2009 Pina returned to Chile for her last residency before her passing that June. Eddie and I have continued our friendship ever since, bonded by our love for Pina. In 2016, we collaborated on a short dance film. I told Eddie how I wanted to dance with the camera while he moved in the waters of Castle Island, MA. The film was shown as a 16mm projected loop for an expanded cinema event at the Boston Waterworks Museum. After that event I digitized the work print projected that night and created Temple Island, an ode to the body as our motor and our temple.

Director Biography – Anto Astudillo https://www.antoastudillo.com/

Anto is a queer non-binary experimental filmmaker, curator and performance artist from Santiago, Chile, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Rooted in physical theater, Anto explores dynamic interconnections between experimental narrative, poetic documentary filmmaking and performance art. As a graduate student at Emerson College in the Film and Media Art (MFA) program, they co-directed and co-curated the New England Graduate Media Symposium for three consecutive years. Anto has taught 16mm film production, experimental film, dance film and performance at Emerson College, Keene State College and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Anto is one of the founding members of the AgX Film Collective, taking the role of organizing screenings to promote alternative practices in filmmaking, leading film camera workshops and developing experimental work.
Anto is a 2017 Flaherty Seminar Ford Foundation Curatorial Fellow and a 2020 Oberhausen Film Festival Seminar Fellow (postponed due to Covid-19 crisis). Their recent work has been screened in several underground festivals, galleries and film series, including 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 and Craig Baldwin’s film series Other Cinema in San Francisco. Currently, Anto curates film screenings as an independent programmer and is a part-time Program Coordinator at The Flaherty. Since March, 2020 Anto has been touring with experimental film screening about Chile’s social movement “The People’s Revolt” motivated by a sold out premiere at Anthology Film Archive shown in January, 2020 (the tour has been touring virtually due to the Covid-19 crisis).