24 Jul 2019
EFS @ HIJACK! New York
A programme of Experimental Film Society films will be screening at HIJACK!, New York City on Saturday 3rd August 2019 7pm.
Address: 18 Bleecker Street, New York City. 2nd Floor (entrance on Elizabeth Street)
More info HERE
HIJACK! is fueled by representing DIY and experimental art made by living and deceased film poets, underground artists, and living outsiders.
Experimental Film Society (an Irish company dedicated to the production and screening of experimental cinema) is a group of filmmakers dedicated to the creation of uncompromisingly personal, formally challenging filmmaking. Based in Dublin, it has succeeded in forging a new and radically alternative Irish cinema. Its defiantly independent vision, both deeply informed by film history and utterly modern, has animated over five hundred shorts and features since 2000. Its films adopt an exploratory approach to filmmaking and foreground mood, atmosphere, visual rhythms, and the often-startling sensory interplay of sound and image. As EFS filmmakers experiment with cinema, they allow it equally to experiment on them, creating richly experiential works that chart an uncomfortable territory that is at once uncannily familiar and utterly alien.
1_Bogna Kirchoff By Chris O’Neill (2019) / 6mins / Ireland
Bogna Kirchoff takes imagery from a 1970s espionage thriller and warps the imagery into a surreal abstract film focussing on one supporting female character.
2_ Homo Sapiens Project (170) (2013) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / 1min / Ireland
Rashidi’s Homo Sapiens Project (HSP) is an ongoing series of personal film experiments that range from cryptic film diaries and oneiric sketches to fully polished features. Installment 170 link a formally aggressive repurposing of Hollywood reels with an idiosyncratic appreciation of the wonder of science fiction.
3_Olive (2019) By Michael Higgins / 11mins / Greece – Ireland
Although clearly filmed in our time, Olive uses the scratchy beauty of hand-processed celluloid to help evoke a mood of ancient ritual. A group of people gathered in the remote countryside are absorbed into frames that often resemble the hand tinted colours and decaying textures of unrestored early cinema. Cinema is made to haunt the present like a ghostly vision from the past.
4_Brine Twice Daily (2015) By Vicky Langan / Maximilian Le Cain / 20mins / Ireland
Brine Twice Daily is a film that came from the sea, from the depths, and it never truly escapes its salt-encrusted origins. A bizarre romance that is at once an absurd comedy, a horror/adventure B-movie, a cryptic home video and a fading seaside postcard stuffed into a bottle and cast adrift on the ocean, Brine Twice Daily marks a new departure in the Langan/Le Cain filmmaking partnership.
5_Mirage (2015) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / 4mins / Ireland
Mirage evokes a desert landscape but it is the cinematic image itself that is the mirage. Working with the material textures of Super-8 film, Mirage presents two visual planes: the captured image and the surface of the film strip itself. The relationship between these is as much one of conflict as mutual support.
6_The Underworld (2019) By Jann Clavadetscher / 17mins / Ireland
This hallucinatory trip through the psychedelic recesses of science fiction begins in the flickering bowels of the earth. An explorer played by Cillian Roche undergoes a bizarre mutation in which cinema itself might possibly play a part. Clavadetcsher’s gorgeous 16mm colours and dazzlingly intense editing are underscored by a characteristic lightness of touch.
Total running time: 59mins