18 April 2015

Experimental Film Society - Video On Demand


Over the past five years, four prolific underground filmmakers have emerged to define a new and distinctive visionary strain of filmmaking in Ireland. Under the banner of Experimental Film Society, Rouzbeh Rashidi, Dean Kavanagh, Michael Higgins and Maximilian Le Cain have forged a defiantly personal and marginal cinema that is fast becoming recognized as "an important new direction" (Donal Foreman, Estudios Irlandeses- Read HERE) in Irish film. Sharing an exploratory approach to filmmaking where films emerge from the interplay of sound, image and atmosphere rather than traditional storytelling techniques, their work has been singled out for its radical formal qualities and poetic sensibility. Made with low or, most often, no budgets, this is filmmaking at its most challenging and independent. 

Now, for the first time, their archive of forty-three feature and medium length films is available on VOD to stream or download. Explore this unique catalogue of work HERE.

Trailer HERE

Any proceeds from the online rental or sale of these films will go towards funding future Experimental Film Society projects.

About the filmmakers:

Rouzbeh Rashidi

Rouzbeh Rashidi is an Iranian filmmaker based in Dublin. He has been making films since 2000 when he founded the Experimental Film Society in Tehran. Since then, he has worked completely apart from any mainstream conceptions of filmmaking. He strives to escape the stereotypes of conventional storytelling and instead roots his cinematic style in a poetic interaction of image and sound. He generally eschews scriptwriting, seeing the process of making moving images as exploration rather than illustration. His work is also deeply engaged with film history. Spooool (Read HERE) acclaimed his recent feature Ten Years in the Sun, premiered at this year's Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF), as "a bold and unconventional film… One of the standout films from this year's JDIFF". 


Dean Kavanagh

Dean Kavanagh is an independent experimental filmmaker from Wicklow, Ireland. He became a member of the international filmmaking collective Experimental Film Society in 2008. Since then he has completed over 50 short films and 5 at feature length, which have been screened worldwide. His work is intensely visual, creating detailed atmospheres that respond to the interaction between space, time and the human body. Rural and domestic themes diaphanously sheath a rigorously formalistic interplay between sound and image.


Michael Higgins

Dublin based Michael Higgins has been making films for ten years. He is interested in using the filmmaking process to rupture the reality of the everyday, bringing to light alternative ways of seeing and experiencing. He has recently premiered his ninth feature film, At One Fell Swoop.


Maximilian Le Cain

Maximilian Le Cain is an experimental filmmaker based in Cork, Ireland. He makes cinematic ruins that tear themselves apart as they are put together. He frequently works in partnership with sound/performance artist Vicky Langan. He also has collaborative projects with Esperanza Collado (Operation Rewrite) and Karen Power (Gorging Limpet). He is currently completing post-production on the feature film Cloud of Skin.


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 in Tehran, Iran by Rouzbeh Rashidi and has been based in Dublin, Ireland since 2004. It unites works by eight filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema. Although an international organization, Experimental Film Society is notably at the centre of a new wave of Irish experimental filmmaking and crucial in fostering a radical emerging Iranian underground cinema.

17 April 2015

11 April 2015

Horror and Science-Fiction Film List


“In late 2013 I compiled a very comprehensive list of “12 Favourite Filmmakers” by members of EFS and friends, along with many associates, filmmakers, film critics, and programmers. This list really enlightened me as it drew my attention to many films and directors I had never heard of. These lists still function as a goldmine of information for myself and many others, so once again I wanted to thank all of the wonderful people who contributed.

Now, I want to compile another list specifically on Horror and Science-Fiction cinema. Perhaps the reason for such a list lies in my preoccupation and constant engagement with these two genres and how they can be reconstructed and dissolved in the realm of experimental filmmaking. I want to ask contributors to provide a list of exactly 24 films (12 of their favourite horror and 12 of their favourite science-fiction) to be published on the newly launched EFS Publications. My old list can be read HERE . If you are interested please submit your list to experimentalfilmsociety@gmail.com and I’ll be more than glad to consider publishing it. Thank you very much indeed!” Rouzbeh Rashidi

05 April 2015

Polar Nights + At One Fell Swoop premiere @ TBG+S


Monday 13th April 2015 | 6pm

Studio 6 | Free admission, all welcome

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios / 5 - 9 Temple Bar / Dublin 2 / Ireland


The fourth of six bi-monthly Experimental Film Society (EFS) screenings, taking place at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios under the Studio 6 Open programme, is a very special event: a double world premiere of new feature films by Dean Kavanagh and Micheal Higgins, two Irish-based members of EFS. Both filmmakers will be present at the screening.


Polar Nights (2014) by Dean Kavanagh

Ireland / 61 mins / Colour

Polar Nights is a formalistic journey of image and sound that plunges viewers into the depths of the Arctic where a small town and its inhabitants live day-to-day lives in the dark. The main protagonist is perhaps the movie itself, which leads to the question of whether these characters were ever real or just delusions bleeding in from the cold.

Dean Kavanagh is an independent experimental filmmaker from Wicklow. He became a member of EFS in 2008. Since then he has completed over 50 short films and 5 at feature length, which have been screened worldwide. His work is intensely visual, creating detailed atmospheres that respond to the interaction between space, time and the human body. Rural and domestic themes diaphanously sheath a rigorously formalistic interplay between sound and image.



At One Fell Swoop (2015) by Michael Higgins

Ireland / 70 mins / Black & White

At One Fell Swoop deals with a stonemason (Cillian Roche) and his metamorphic wander through rural Ireland. In passing he slips through the film’s frames into a re-imagining of his surroundings in which he finds himself trapped on an intense cataclastic path towards a dead end. Photographed on expired 16mm black and white film and entirely hand-processed, At One Fell Swoop resembles a phantom-like film lodged amid multiple stratums of time and space. At One Fell Swoop was funded by Arts Council of Ireland.

Dublin based Michael Higgins has been making films for ten years. He is interested in using the filmmaking process to rupture the reality of the everyday, bringing to light alternative ways of seeing and experiencing. His 2013 feature Smolt won the IndieCork Award for Innovation in Irish Feature Filmmaking.



EFS is a not-for-profit entity that promotes, archives and sometimes produces work by a dozen filmmakers operating in several different countries. Although each member has a distinctive vision, they are united by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema. They have in common an exploratory approach to filmmaking where films emerge from the interplay of sound, image and atmosphere rather than traditional storytelling techniques. EFS was founded by Dublin-based filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi, who continues to curate and run the organization.

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29 March 2015

THANK YOU JDIFF


Ten Years In The Sun was premiered last night in Jameson Dublin International Film Festival and I simply could not have asked for a better audience or screening scenario. We almost had a full house and the projection and sound were both flawless. It was the first time one of my films was projected from DCP in the wonderful Lighthouse Cinema. I had a Q&A with James Armstrong from NCAD who very kindly watched a number of my films, including Ten Years beforehand, in order to generate a context for the audience. I continued to chat with audience members until very late last night and I am quite overwhelmed by their amazing feedback and generosity. None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support of Gráinne Humphreys who gave me this platform to present my film in her great festival, so my gratitude goes to her. Special thanks to all of the audience who made it to the screening (some of them travelled from different cities) and also to my cast and crew, without their support the film could not have been made. Thank you all! Onwards!

Rouzbeh Rashidi

"Photographer: Simon Lazewski"

26 March 2015

Ten Years In The Sun to premiere @ JDIFF


Premiere, Friday, March 27th, 8pm in JDIFF. Book your ticket HERE

25 March 2015

Film Ireland: Ten Years In The Sun

Film Ireland published a small article about TEN YEARS IN THE SUN. The film itself will receive its World Premiere this Friday (March 27th, 8PM) at Light House Cinema, as part of the Irish Official Selection at Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. Read HERE

24 March 2015

Dean Kavanagh on Ten Years In The Sun


Read the full article by Dean Kavanagh on Rouzbeh Rashidi’s latest feature film Ten Years in the Sun” (2015) on EFS Publications“. The film will have its World Premiere on Friday March 27th, 8PM @ Lighthouse Cinema as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. Book Tickets Here

22 March 2015

TEN YEARS IN THE SUN @ Jameson Dublin International Film Festival



Here is a brand new trailer for TEN YEARS IN THE SUN (2015). The film will be premiered in Jameson Dublin International Film Festival on Friday, March 27th, 8pm at the Light House Cinema. Book your ticket HERE

20 March 2015

EFS Publications

"EFS Publications" is a new project spearheaded by Maximilian Le Cain, Dean Kavanagh and Rouzbeh Rashidi. It is an online film journal that will be constantly updated as material comes in. It will mix writing by and on Experimental Film Society members with reflections on filmmaking and cinema past and present by an international array of writers. We hope that in time it will become a lively and diverse site for thinking, dreaming and discussing cinema and constantly questioning its limits.

Read HERE

19 March 2015

Julius Richard on PF4

Julius Richard has written a truly extraordinary review of the 4th edition of Pantalla Fantasma which includes what is certainly the most imaginative writing done to date on Experimental Film Society. It can be read here in Spanish. An English version will follow soon.

12 March 2015

EFS @ Repressed Cinema Portland


A programme of Experimental Film Society will play at The Hollywood Theatre as part of Repressed Cinema on Tuesday, March 17th 2015 at 7:30pm 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard Portland, OR 97212. 

Repressed Cinema presents works by five members of the Experimental Film Society:

Homo Sapiens Project (157) by Rouzbeh Rashidi – Homo Sapiens Project is an ongoing series of varied short films that provides, first and foremost, a laboratory for experimenting with cinematic forms. The range of works produced consists of everything from ‘sketches’ to fully finished and polished films. HSP (157) is a medium-length film that unleashes the sinister atmospheres lurking in an apparently idyllic rural environment.

Funnel Web Family by Michael Higgins – A prying look at the creatures that inhabit a home.

The Distance by Dean Kavanagh – A young man recalls a fishing trip from his childhood, but he is not sure if they are his memories.

Dirt by Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain – A phantasmagoric mélange of live performances and elements of gothic horror, resulting in a haunting, intense and sometimes humorous portrait of Langan as performer. 

More info HERE & HERE

11 March 2015

Gianluca Pulsoni on Kavanagh, Rashidi & Le Cain


To tie in with the upcoming EFS screening in Bologna, Gianluca Pulsoni has written an informative piece on Dean Kavanagh, Rouzbeh Rashidi and Maximilian Le Cain.

Read HERE

Info about the screening on 16th March 2015 HERE

“TEN YEARS IN THE SUN” @ JDIFF 2015


Book your ticket HERE

05 March 2015

EFS @ Kinodromo, Bologna


A programme of Experimental Film Society will play at Kinodromo Bologna, Italy on 16th March 2015 7:30PM. This programme of short films provides a cross section of the work of current EFS members. It will be presented by Rouzbeh Rashidi, head of EFS, and filmmaker Dean Kavanagh, who will also be on hand to answer questions after the screening.

1_Luminosity (1) (2013) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / Ireland / 5mins
2_Canvas Eye (2014) By Jann Clavadetscher / Ireland-Italy / 12mins
3_W.E (2013) By Bahar Samadi / France / 5mins
4_Pitpony (2014) By Jason Marsh / UK / 3:30mins
5_The Illuminating Gas (2012) By Esperanza Collado / Spain / 7:30mins
6_Murder (2014) By Michael Higgins / Ireland / 5mins
7_Friends with Johnny Kline (2015) By Dean Kavanagh / Ireland / 17:30mins
8_67-69-Take 5 (2015) By Maximilian Le cain Ireland-Spain / 14mins
9_Homo Sapiens Project (150) (2013) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / Ireland / 36mins

Total Running Time: 104 Minutes

More info HERE & HERE

25 February 2015

“TEN YEARS IN THE SUN” IN JAMESON DUBLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL


“I am very happy to announce that my latest feature film “Ten Years In The Sun” has been selected to screen in the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival and will have its World Premiere on Friday March 27th in Light House Cinema. I want to sincerely thank my great cast and crew Jann Clavadetscher, John Curran, Dean Kavanagh, Maximilian Le Cain, Alice Kavanagh, Jennifer Sharpe, Kolmanovsky Ora, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Patricia Klich, Farideh Aram, Reza Rashidi, Eadaoin O’Donaghue, Mohsen Pour Hosseini, Ehsan Safarpour, Ginnetta Correli. Also special thanks to Gráinne Humphreys and all the staff at the JDIFF for giving me this opportunity to screen and share this unusual film with their wonderful audience.” Rouzbeh Rashidi

TICKETS HERE

19 February 2015

Alan Lambert on Irish Experimental Film

Alan Lambert has published an informative overview of the current Irish experimental film scene in Film Ireland. Read HERE

04 February 2015

EFS Films Available For Screening


Since the beginning of last year Experimental Film Society (EFS) has been working intensely on feature film projects that are now nearing completion. Dean Kavanagh spent last year shooting and completing “Return of Suspicion” (trailer) and “Polar Nights” (trailer). Rouzbeh Rashidi’s “Ten Years in the Sun” (trailer) was a full year in production and finally came to completion in January 2015. Michael Higgins’ film “At One Fell Swoop” (trailer) spent 2014 in production, it is currently in the final stages of post and completion is imminent. Maximilian Le Cain’s successfully crowd-funded feature film “Cloud of Skin” (trailer) spent the entirety of 2014 in pre-production and principal photography, the film is currently in post-production with a release date towards the end of summer 2015.

These films share production methods that are exploratory, improvisational and non-script based. In this work location and time are key factors, and in place of any dictum rigidly set by detailed storyboarding or the totalitarian constraints of a screenplay, the filmmakers respond to the place and setting, absorbing the atmosphere and crafting the film within it. These films are created from the interplay of sound, image and atmosphere rather than traditional storytelling techniques.

If any organisations are interested in these films, please get in touch (experimentalfilmsociety@gmail.com) and we will send a preview copy/link.

30 January 2015

"Cloud of Skin" officially wrapped


Maximilian Le Cain's upcoming feature film "Cloud of Skin" (2015) has just finished shooting:

"Shooting is now fully completed on my upcoming feature Cloud of Skin! A big thank you to everyone who helped in any way to bring this project to where it is now.Special thanks to co-producers Dean Kavanagh and Rouzbeh Rashidi: what a team! Post production is about to commence in earnest with me working on editing the picture and the wonderful Karen Power creating a soundscape to envelop it in. All going well, in six to eight months the film will be ready for screening."