Maximilian Le Cain (Born 1978)
He has made more than eighty short, medium and feature length experimental films and videos over the past decade. He is also a film critic and editor of Cork Film Centre’s online experimental film magazine Experimental Conversations. He regularly programmed experimental film for the Cork-based experimental music/film event Black Sun and has presented avant-garde film events in collaboration with, amongst others, Cork Film Centre and Cork Film Festival, involving filmmakers such as Peter Tscherkassky, Pip Chodorov, James Fotopoulos, Abigail Child and Vivienne Dick.
He is currently working in creative partnership with sound/performance artist Vicky Langan. He collaborates with artist Esperanza Collado as ‘The Consecutive Impostors’ in the multi-disciplinary art project Operation Rewrite and with composer Karen Power on the sound / film / performance project Gorging Limpet. He is a member, with Rouzbeh Rashidi and Dean Kavanagh, of the Cinema Cyanide noise project, and of the Experimental Film Societycollective. In 2011, he received an Irish Arts Council bursary award to develop his practice from video to film-on-film work.
For an in-depth account of his work in the context of contemporary Irish experimental film, see New Voices in Irish Experimental Cinema, an article by Donal Foreman.
As a film critic, his writings have appeared in a broad range of international film journals, most notably Senses of Cinema, and in several books, including The Cinema of Roman Polanski: Dark Spaces of the World (Wallflower Press, 2006).
He is based in Cork City, Ireland.
Rouzbeh Rashidi (Born in 1980 Tehran / Iran)
He is an Iranian independent filmmaker. 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.
His films are inspired by and constructed around images, locations, characters and their immediate situations. The stylistic elements that make up his distinctively personal film language include the use of natural light & single light source, professional and non-professional actors, slow paced rhythms, abstract plots, static shots and minimal dialogue. He employs a wide range of different formats and devices to make his films, including video (digital and analogue) especially DSLR cameras (achieving complex visual effects through an elaborate mixture of filters, lenses and in-camera color grading), Super-8mm, portable lightweight personal cameras (such as GoPro, webcam and mobile-phone). His consistently low-budget work is entirely self-funded and made with complete creative freedom.
Rouzbeh Rashidi has directed and produced forty short films. Since 2008, he has focused on feature projects, making several full length films. In August 2011 Rouzbeh Rashidi initiated an ongoing series of personal video works for both online and screen context entitled Homo Sapiens Project.
His films have been shown in many film festivals, galleries and showcases throughout the world.
Rouzbeh Rashidi is the recipient of the Arts Council of Ireland “Film Project Award” and “Film Bursary Award” several times for his experimental feature films and Homo Sapiens Project.
He moved to Ireland in 2004 and currently lives and works in Dublin.
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Bahar Samadi (Born in 1981 Tehran / Iran)
Bahar Samadi is a Paris-based filmmaker and a member of Experimental Film Society. Primarily using found or archival material to begin a project, she employs a variety of structural techniques such as systematic removal or subversion of narrative forms. Using notions of memory and the excavation of private ritual, she attempts to unlock the past lives of certain images, conducting a spectral journey that weaves between the author and the spectators. Her films have been shown in a number of showcases, galleries and film festivals in Ireland, Belgium, France, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, USA, China and Iran.
Jann Clavadetscher is currently living in Zurich, Switzerland. He studied in Ireland at ST.Kevin's College, Dublin, and was awarded the Higher National Diploma (H.N.D) in Media Production. He then studied at the Dublin Institute of Technology and went on to complete his BA in Fine Arts at Zurich University of the Arts. His main works include: film, performance and installations, which are all set within the cinema landscape. His films have been shown in film festivals and galleries both nationally and internationally. In 2005 he became a member of the Experimental Film Society and thus began his close on-going collaboration with the founder, Rouzbeh Rashidi.
Short Films on EFS Film Archive
Michael Higgins (Born in 1982 Dublin / Ireland)
He is an experimental filmmaker who lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. He started making short films in 2005 and successfully obtained a BSc. Degree in Multimedia in 2007. He then went onto work full-time for the Irish TV/Film industry in the area of post-production. After working professionally for two years he decided to quit his day job and tackle an MA in Digital Fine Art, of which he recently graduated. To this date he has completed several feature films, while in the meantime he works as a freelance colourist, editor and cinematographer.
Esperanza Collado (Born in 1976 Valencia / Spain)
Dean Kavanagh (Born in 1989 Dublin / Ireland)
Dean Kavanagh is an independent, avant-garde, low/no- budget filmmaker from Ireland and a member of Experimental Film Society. While being an active filmmaker from an early age, Dean began to favour more ‘visual stories’ and from 2006 onwards he began to reduce conventional narrative elements.
In 2008 Dean was discovered by independent Iranian filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi. From then, Dean concentrated on experimental filmmaking. During the period 2008-2010 he made around 15 shorts as part of the Dublin based “Experimental Film Society” established by Rashidi.
In 2010 Dean contributed a segment called "Detritus" to the Remodernist Filmmakers collaborative feature film “In Passing” (2011).
Overall, Dean's work to-date could be described as visual with attention to the image/sound relationship. His films feature non-professional actors, natural/available light and are shot with little to no crew and no budgets. A selection of his works have been officially selected, won awards and screened internationally.
Dean holds a degree in Media Arts, and has also composed music for short films and a collection of his own experimental/concept projects. He has also worked as a freelance cinematographer and has won awards in this field.
In 2013 Dean joined the EFS sound project Cinema Cyanide- an outfit that produces ambient, drone and noise music in the form of online album releases.
He also formed "Easter Film Group"- an independent, production company which he uses as a creative platform for his films.
Dean was born in Dublin, Ireland (1989) and currently resides in County Wicklow.
Esperanza Collado (Born in 1976 Valencia / Spain)
She is an artist-researcher currently based in Spain. Her practice branches out into three main axes: the production of artworks, independent curatorship, and critical writing. The main focus of all her work is the concept or idea of paracinema. In her recent book Paracinema: La Desmaterializacion del Cine en las Practicas Artisticas (recipient of an important scholarship award) she explores cinema's intrinsic properties and the possibility of expressing the cinematographic medium in non-filmic works.
Her recent art practice stands between installation and performance, and ultimately puts the medium of film and its presentation in crisis, using the unstable and sculptural physicality of projection in conjunction with the choreography of the body around the syntax of cinema. He has shown works in CCCB, Tate Modern, National Gallery of Ireland, Anthology Film Archives, Micromuseum, Director’s Launch, Jeune Création, and MUSAC. Since 2011 she also works with Irish experimental filmmaker and critic Maximilian Le Cain in the collaborative project Operation Rewrite. Together they have presented exhibitions and performances in Spain and Ireland, and were awarded with an Art Production Grant in 2011 from MUSAC, León, Spain.
Esperanza has curated and presented a number of shows and film programmes that often included live performances in Ireland, UK, and Spain.She is a co-founder of Artistic Association LEVE, which has released field recordings publications on vinyl with contributions from international artists. In 2008 she co-founded The Experimental Film Club in Dublin (Ireland), a forum for diverse artistic and experimental film works. That same year, she created the two-year international encounter Márgenes, with invited artists from Ireland and Spain.
Esperanza studied Fine Arts and later gained her Ph.D. at the Fine Arts College UCLM, where she currently lectures. In 2009-10 she was awarded with a Postdoctoral Fellowship from JCCM to undertake research at Anthology Film Archives, New York, and with an art production grant from The Arts Council of Ireland to produce an ambitious project: Cinema... Corpus Vs. Cerebrum. She has delivered masterclasses and talks in art centres and institutions in Spain and Ireland, mainly focusing on expanded cinema practices and paracinema. Since 2010 she collaborates in the MA in Performing Arts Practice and Visual Culture in Madrid organised by Artea.
Jason Marsh (Born in 1968 Cardiff / Wales)
Jason Marsh (Born in 1968 Cardiff / Wales)
Jason Marsh is a UK based Artist/Producer who began his career as a bass player over 25 years ago. In recent years Jason has been developing his work with the moving image working with sound art, fretless bass, experimental video and film. He uses cell phones, found footage, VHS, Hi8 and recently started exploring the 8mm and 16mm camera.
After a brief experience with writing a screen play and being involved in a studio/commercial production he decided creative freedom could only be realised in the experimental, low/no budget fields. The delicateness and intensity of his concepts creates a surreal window into his view of the world.