The Underground Film Studio: INTERVIEW: ROUZBEH RASHIDI / TEN YEARS IN THE SUN


Recently Daniel Fawcett and Clara Pais from The Underground Film Studio have interviewed me about my feature film Ten Years In The Sun (2015). I am particularly very happy with the questioned that were asked and the general understanding we exchanged with one another as both Daniel and Clara are great filmmakers and film buffs on their own rights. You will hear more about the collaborations between Experimental Film Society and The Underground Film Studio in the near future for sure. Two Screenings of Ten Years In The Sun are coming up this month in Victoria Film Festival (Canada) 8th Feb and Phantoscope at Triskel Arts Centre (Cork) 18th Feb. – Rouzbeh Rashidi

Read the interview HERE

TRAILERS is now complete!

I’m very happy to announce that my latest, biggest and perhaps most ambitious feature film to date, TRAILERS, is now completely finished and ready to screen. By some strange coincidence, it turns out that I filmed the first shot of TRAILERS on January 30th 2015 and have now finished the film one year later to the very day. What a bizarre year-long journey it’s been! 

First and foremost, I’d like to express my deepest gratitude to The Arts Council Of Ireland. Without their generous support, this film would not have been possible.

Special thanks to my amazing cast and crew for their magnificent creative input: Vicky Langan, Maximilian Le Cain, Anja Mahler, Jann Clavadetscher, Dean Kavanagh, Cillian Roche, Julia Gelezova, Jennifer Sharpe, Alicja Ayres, Eadaoin O'Donoghue, George Hanover, Klara McDonnell & Martin Berridge

Thanks also to Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Michael Higgins, Esperanza Collado, Babak Saadatmandi, Jason Marsh, Michel Freerix, Uwe Jonas, Mario Mentrup, Daniel Fawcett, Clara Pais, Fabrizio Federico, Block T, Corcadorca, Open Night Cinema, The Underground Film Studio and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios for their support and help. 

TRAILERS is 180 minutes long and will be available to screening on DCP. I’m very much looking forward to sharing it with you all. Onwards!

-Rouzbeh Rashidi

More info HERE

EFS @ Filmbase presents STONE BOAT EXHAUSTED


Experimental Film Society @ Filmbase presents

Open Night Cinema's
STONE BOAT EXHAUSTED
from John Moriarty's Dreamtime

Sunday February 14th, 4PM
Tickets available at the door: €7
Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


Experimental Film Society, in partnership with Filmbase, Dublin, is proud to present the premiere of Open Night Cinema's STONE BOAT EXHAUSTED, an explosive filmed record of their final project of 2015. This feature film documents an entirely improvised cinematic experience by members and friends of Open Night Cinema (ONC). Trailer HERE

“Essentially, to talk about dimensions of Ireland is to talk about modes and moods of seeing. Seek for Fódhla not on horseback riding northwards, nor in a boat sailing westwards. Seek her in seeing.” - John Moriarty 

A totemic walkabout through a single cycle of John Moriarty’s Dreamtime, STONE BOAT EXHAUSTED is a waking nightmare spawned from the id of Dublin City’s decaying industrial zones. The textures and patterns, light and shadows and the very material of sound and image construct an experience that re-realises our cultural past, present and future in one metamorphic breath.

STONE BOAT EXHAUSTED incorporates the use of analogue film projection, live improvised soundscapes and intense vocal and physical performances. It is the result of six months of ongoing collaborative performances. Devised and produced by Michael Higgins and Cillian Roche in collaboration with members and friends of ONC, Guerilla Aerial and Unbend Legout, and with kind permission from Lilliput Press.

Born in June 2015 Open Night Cinema is a non-profit 'pop-up' film studio that lives, breathes and sleeps throughout the industrial landscapes of Dublin City, Ireland. ONC primarily feeds on cinematic events designed with characteristics of cinema and theatre. These events are intended to rupture and transform the space outside the projected frame breathing life into the cinematic experience.

opennightcinema.com

Experimental Film Society is an independent, not-for-profit entity specializing in avant-garde, independent and no/low budget filmmaking. It was founded in 2000 by Rouzbeh Rashidi. It unites works by a group of filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema.

Filmbase was founded in 1986 as a members led organization. It has supported thousands of Irish filmmakers over the years through its range of services including quality training at affordable rates, access to film funding award schemes, equipment hire and the publication of www.FilmIreland.net, Ireland’s first stop online for all the latest Irish film news, reviews, interviews and exclusives.

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Two Screenings of Ten Years In The Sun


TEN YEARS IN THE SUN (2015) will play at:

Victoria Film Festival (Canada) 8th Feb TICKETS

Triskel Arts Centre (Cork) 18th Feb TICKETS

PHANTOSCOPE – TEN YEARS IN THE SUN @ TRISKEL ARTS CENTRE


Phantoscope, Triskel Arts Centre’s regular experimental film event curated by Maximilian Le Cain, presents Ten Years In The Sun (2015) by Rouzbeh Rashidi on 18th February 2016 at 6:00pm at Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St, Cork City.

Tickets can be purchased HERE

Friends of Experimental Film Society @ Filmbase



Friends of Experimental Film Society

A Day of Experimental Film Screenings @ Filmbase


Experimental Film Society (EFS), in partnership with Filmbase, Dublin, will be presenting a day of contemporary experimental cinema from around the world culminating in the Irish premiere of James Fotopoulos’ feature Dignity (2012). 

The work selected for these three programmes is drawn from individuals and collectives that share an affinity with EFS. This affinity might be one of artistic vision, the shared (but varied) belief in a cinema that is personal, free and formally experimental. Or the affinity might be in a similar sense of collectivity, as with the three films proposed by the Latin American experimental film collective Hambre: Casa Circular, Journey To A Land Otherwise Known and Being Cat and the works by Colombian filmmaker Sebastian Wiedemann: Abismo and Waves. The filmmakers might be inspiring figures who have long held a place in our consciousness like Fotopoulos or the Buharov Brothers. Or they might be bright lights that have emerged further along the trail. But in all cases, this work vividly demonstrates the extraordinary richness of possibility that exists in truly alternative cinema today.

This programme is selected by Rouzbeh Rashidi and Maximilian Le Cain. Films from Hambre are curated by Sebastian Wiedemann and Florencia Incarbone. Sincere thanks to all participating artists.

Saturday January 23rd 2016
Tickets available at the door: €7 per programme or €10 for a day pass to all three programmes.
Filmbase, Curved Street , Temple Bar, Dublin 2.



Programme 1 (1pm)

1_Casa Circular (2011) By Daniela Delgado Viteri / Ecuador / 9mins

"Strained family relationships in a house without windows."

2_Journey To A Land Otherwise Known (2011) By Laura Huertas Millan / Colombia-France / 22mins

"Shot in Lille´s tropical greenhouse, Journey to a Land Otherwise Known is based on the first accounts made in America by European scientists, conquistadors or missionaries. As a pastiche of an ethnographic film, it evokes the moment of the first contact and the survival of the exotic imagery that it engendered."

3_Being Cat (2014) By Sebastian Wiedemann and Juliette Yu-MIng/ Colombia-Brazil-France-Japan / 19mins

“Sometimes, what is in me is not me. What is it?” Becoming, beings-in-flux, inviting the image to dance somewhere between Butoh and the world."

4_Abismo (2012) By Sebastian Wiedemann / Colombia-Brazil / 3:30mins

"Drop drop into the abyss ..."

5_Waves (2015) By Sebastian Wiedemann / Colombia-Brazil / 10mins

"In becoming waves or how to be worthy of the sea."

6_Trois Sapates (2014) By Florian Maricourt / France / 10mins

"Trois Sapates, which is exactly 10 minutes in length, was made as a part of Experimental Film Society's The Last of Deductive Frames project. It was shot using an early digital camera, at low resolution. Sapate No. 1 is a gift to EMP, No. 2 to ELM, TD & L, & No. 3 to SLB."

Total: 74Mins


Programme 2 (3pm)

1_Hotel Tubu (2002) By Igor and Ivan Buharov / Hungary / 6mins

"What made the cosmos workers?"

2_ Oneheadword Protection (2006) By Igor and Ivan Buharov / Hungary / 7mins

“We will activate an immense force of destruction, and therefore I want to ask everybody to release in themselves the purest intentions possible.” 

3_Mothmilk (2009) By Igor and Ivan Buharov / Hungary / 8mins

"And everything could change: silence is nothing more than a revulsion of speaking out; in the freedom of speech lurks the darkest formation of human confinement." 

4_ Been waiting for you so long (2012) By Claudia Siefen / Austria / 3mins

"The moment of lifting an apron promises tension. In many cases, the Protagonist is left alone and is waiting for something or someone. That can be danger or a threat, pleasure or tenderness. Scenes in which aprons are used for gestural expressions connect— some of them are doubled, and/or change speed for an easier analysis. The closer the better."

5_Spoor (2015) By Natasha Bourke / Ireland / 16mins

"The work incorporates analogue and digital AV media, private archival material and found/resourced objects. Using irony and pathos, it explores the past, perception, distance and connection whilst contemplating more universal themes of transience, repetition, spectatorship/film, identity, legacy, memory and myth."

6_ Merlin The Sorcerer (2015) By Jorge Nuñez / Spain / 31mins

"Merlin is a sorcerer who lives in a cabin in the woods. He is dressed in a hooded robe. He has a long white beard and a magic wooden stick… He likes to become a bird and fly through the trees... Get ready for infinite spells!"

Total: 71mins


Programme 3 (5pm)

Dignity (2013) By James Fotopoulos / USA / 82 min

"There is a strong case to be made that James Fotopoulos is the greatest experimental filmmaker of his generation… Adopting the basic premise and iconography of a science fiction story, Dignity feels on some level like a solemn game of science fiction that children might indulge in having been exposed to a particularly disturbing film of that genre. The most troubling elements are heightened. Narrative pace is suspended to emphasise a fixation on certain unsettling aspects of the story, which have become abstracted… The film builds to a hallucinatory peak of decidedly non-seamless, bargain-basement transcendence." (EFS Publications) Features a soundtrack by Nate Archer and Thurston Moore."


Experimental Film Society is an independent, not-for-profit entity specializing in avant-garde, independent and no/low budget filmmaking. It was founded in 2000 by Rouzbeh Rashidi. It unites works by a group of filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema.

Filmbase was founded in 1986 as a members led organization. It has supported thousands of Irish filmmakers over the years through its range of services including quality training at affordable rates, access to film funding award schemes, equipment hire and the publication of www.FilmIreland.net, Ireland’s first stop online for all the latest Irish film news, reviews, interviews and exclusives.

More info:
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VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL

Ten Years In The Sun will play at Victoria Film Festival on 8th of February 2016 at 7:00pm.

“Self-described as both “a film to help you remember to forget” and a “demented science- fiction epic”, there’s no easy way for outsiders to explain Ten Years in the Sun. Director Rouzbeh Rashidi is a man well-versed in the styles and structures of classic experimental and surrealist film, and it shows. Ten Years is not a film with narrative structure in the traditional sense, but it does offer its own advancing logic of images. It’s a set of obsessions that serves well to guide you down its paths. For those willing to try the journey, it offers unique sublimity from the edges of coherence.”

Tickets HERE More info HERE

EFS received a mention in Visual Artists Ireland by Barry Kehoe


Experimental Film Society received a nice mention in Visual Artists Ireland today by Barry Kehoe, regarding our recent activities in Iran.

Senses of Cinema World Poll -2015


We are very happy to have our film Forbidden Symmetries (2014) included on Adrian Dollente Mendizabal's list of his favourite films for the Senses of Cinema online journal (official) 2015 world poll.

Read the list HERE
2015 WORLD POLL HERE

Watch Forbidden Symmetries on VOD HERE

Happy New Year - 2016


It's been a really great year for Experimental Film Society, thanks a million to all. With an exciting slate of events and projects already lined up for 2016, we look forward to an equally productive year ahead. Happy New Year and all the best!

Photo by Golnoosh Hamidi

CLOUD OF SKIN in Pantalla Fantasma


Maximilian Le Cain's CLOUD OF SKIN has been selected to be included in Pantalla Fantasma Film Festival, Bilbao Spain, February 18 – 22 2016. More info HERE

Ten Years In The Sun in Canada

TEN YEARS IN THE SUN has been selected to be included in The Victoria Film Festival, Victoria BC CANADA, February 5 – 14 2016. More info HERE

Ten Years In The Sun in Russia


Rouzbeh Rashidi's TEN YEARS IN THE SUN has been selected to be included in Firestone International Experimental Film Festival, Moscow Russia, December 16 – 23, 2015. More info HERE

EFS Celebrate 50th Event!


Experimental Film Society (EFS) is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Filmbase, Dublin. EFS will programme and present a bimonthly series of experimental cinema events at Filmbase consisting of screenings and performances by both EFS members and guest artists. The first of these, taking place this Friday, November 27th, not only launches this new series but also marks the 50th EFS event since it first began programming screenings in 2011. To celebrate this double occasion Michael Higgins and Cillian Roche will be bringing the raw power of their pop-up expanded cinema project Open Night Cinema from the post-industrial margins that spawned it to the city centre for one night only. This will be followed by a drinks reception enriched by the experimental sounds of Cork-based DJ duo Glocke & Aaaa (Dave Murphy and frequent EFS collaborator Vicky Langan).

Friday November 27th 6.30pm
Tickets €7 at the door. 
Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar Dublin 2.


Full event details here.

Experimental Film Society is an independent, not-for-profit entity specializing in avant-garde, independent and no/low budget filmmaking. It was founded in 2000 by Rouzbeh Rashidi. It unites works by a group of filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema. Over the past few years, it has established itself as a notable presence in Irish alternative filmmaking.

This new partnership with Filmbase caps a busy and eventful year for EFS. 

Some highlights of 2015 include:

- A series of five events at Dublin’s Temple Bar Gallery + Studios that included the premieres of the feature films Polar Nights (Dean Kavanagh) and At One Fell Swoop (Michael Higgins) and live performances by Esperanza Collado and Atoosa Pour Hosseini.

- A high-profile series of screenings and performances in Tehran that culminated in a sold-out screening at the Cinematheque of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. Following on from this, a full-length publication (in Farsi) will appear in 2016.

- The premiere of Rouzbeh Rashidi’s feature Ten Years in the Sun at Dublin International Film Festival.

- The premiere of Maximilian Le Cain’s feature Cloud of Skin at the 60th Cork Film Festival.

- A screening of Michael Higgins’s At One Fell Swoop at the Festival des Cinémas Différents (Paris).

- Several international presentations of Esperanza Collado’s performances at such events as Spectral Presence, an expanded cinema event in Ghent that also included such artists as Malcolm Le Grice, Lis Rhodes and Sally Golding, and Le Film et Son Double curated by Erik Bullot in Paris and also featuring Roland Sabatier and Rosa Barba.

- Open Night Cinema, a project by Michael Higgins and Cillian Roche that saw a series of pop-up cinema/performance events take place in empty post-industrial spaces in Dublin throughout the year.

- An EFS (RashidiKavanaghLe Cain, Pour Hosseini) residency at Lichtenberg Studios, Berlin that launched shooting for Homo Sapiens Project 200, a collaborative film project by Rashidi, Kavanagh, Le Cain and Higgins that will be completed in 2016.

- The launch of the online journal EFS Publications, edited by Rashidi, Kavanagh and Le Cain.

With an exciting slate of events and projects already lined up for 2016, we look forward to an equally productive year ahead. Please join us at Filmbase on the 27th to find out what all the fuss is about!

Experimental Film Society @ Filmbase


Experimental Film Society @ Filmbase

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Filmbase, Dublin. EFS will programme and present a bimonthly series of experimental cinema events at Filmbase consisting of screenings and performances by both EFS members and guest artists. The first of these, taking place on November 27th 2015, not only launches this new series but also marks the 50th EFS event since it first began programming screenings in 2011. To celebrate this double occasion Michael Higgins and Cillian Roche will be bringing the raw power of their pop-up expanded cinema project Open Night Cinema from the post-industrial margins that spawned it to the city centre for one night only. This will be followed by a drinks reception enriched by the experimental sounds of Cork-based DJ duo Glocke & Aaaa (Dave Murphy and frequent EFS collaborator Vicky Langan).

Friday November 27th 6.30pm
Tickets €7 at the door.
Filmbase, Curved Street ,Temple Bar Dublin 2.


JUNK (Michael Higgins/Cillian Roche) (6:30-7:30PM)

Inspired by Dublin's derelict industrial locations, JUNK is an immersive installation that incorporates analogue projection, a live soundscape and physical performance. JUNK will highlight and recreate in an abstract, intensely atmospheric way the recesses of these toxic environments and the characters that feed on them.

JUNK emerges from the Open Night Cinema Project. Set up in June 2015 by performer Cillian Roche and filmmaker Michael Higgins, it is a non-profit 'pop-up' film studio that lives, breathes and sleeps throughout the industrial landscapes of Dublin. It primarily feeds on cinematic events designed with characteristics of expanded cinema, experimental film and live performance. These events utilise the zone outside the projected frame in order to breathe life into the cinematic experience. Throughout the year, it has been host to a range of events that blur the lines between art installation, cinematic exhibition and live performance.

GLOCKE & AAAA DJ SET (8:00-9:30PM)

Vicky Langan and Dave Murphy spin avant junk and weirdo sounds. They are known as the duo that gave Cork Black Sun, its regular weirdo / outer limits music event which brought many renowned makers of strange sounds from around the world to play for the first time in Ireland. The same adventurous sensibility permeates their DJ sets.  

Experimental Film Society is an independent, not-for-profit entity specializing in avant-garde, independent and no/low budget filmmaking. It was founded in 2000 by Rouzbeh Rashidi. It unites works by a group of filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema.

Filmbase was founded in 1986 as a members led organization. It has supported thousands of Irish filmmakers over the years through its range of services including quality training at affordable rates, access to film funding award schemes, equipment hire and the publication of www.FilmIreland.net, Ireland’s first stop online for all the latest Irish film news, reviews, interviews and exclusives.

More info:

http://www.experimentalfilmsociety.com
https://www.facebook.com/experimentalfilmsociety

Cloud of Skin Premiered @ Cork Film Festival


Maximilian Le Cain's Cloud of Skin was successfully premiered at the 60th Cork Film Festival in the appropriately atmospheric setting of Triskel Arts Centre Cinema last Saturday. A big thank you to the Festival, to Triskel and to all the many people who have supported this film on its two-year journey to the screen. Watch this space for notice of further screenings. More info HERE

First official Poster for TRAILERS (2016)


First official Poster for TRAILERS (2016) By Rouzbeh Rashidi

Produced by Experimental Film Society and kindly funded by Arts Council Ireland. Featuring Alicja Ayres, Eadaoin O’Donoghue, Anja Mahler, Klara McDonnell, Julia Gelezova, Cillian Roche, Martin Berridge, George Hanover, Maximilian Le Cain, Vicky Langan, Dean Kavanagh & Jann Clavadetscher. More info HERE

EFS Interview With Dublin Creative Review


Maximilian Le Cain and Rouzbeh Rashidi were interviewed by Sebastian Stephenson from Dublin Creative Review. They discussed ideas behind Experimental Film Society, approaches to filmmaking, Rashidi's upcoming feature TRAILERS and Le Cain's Cloud of Skin Premiere at the 60th Cork Film Festival.

Listen to the interview HERE