|Directed by||Antero Alli|
|Produced by||Antero Alli|
|Written by||Antero Alli|
Rob Brezsny (add'l text)
|Edited by||Antero Alli|
|Distributed by||ParaTheatrical ReSearch112905|
|August 30, 1995 (US)|
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.
The Drivetime was produced on a budget of US$5,000 (currently $8,000). Rob Brezsny, author of the syndicated newspaper column "Real Astrology", wrote the text for the film’s psychedelic infomercials.
Alli shot The Drivetime in five different video formats – BETA SP, HI-8, VHS, C-VHS, SVHS – and in Super 8 film. The riot footage was culled from the September 10, 1994, riots in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood that protested allegations of local police brutality.
The Drivetime received mixed reviews. Wired magazine praised it as "one of the most chilling yet innovative cinematic essays on the flaws of today's technology-obsessed society" while Steven Seid of the Pacific Film Archive praised the film’s "provocative visuals" and noted it was "at its best when plying its 'televisionary' speculations about a spiritual resurgence that will overwhelm virtuality." However, Robert Firsching, writing for the Amazing World of Cult Movies, dismissed The Drivetime as a “silly mess".
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- Allmovie overview
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- “Independents’ Day,” Reason Magazine, November 1996
- “The Drivetime,” ParaTheatrical ReSearch
- “Shorts, Shorts Everywhere As New Bugs Makes Debut,” Seattle Times, August 30, 1995
- Seid, Steve (ndg). "Film Programs: Size Matters Part Ii: Feature-Length Experimental Video: The Drivetime". Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
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