Wednesday, 3 February 2016

EFS @ Filmbase presents STONE BOAT EXHAUSTED

Open Night Cinema
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 

Monday, 18 January 2016

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.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

List, You Sucker!

  1. Hard To Be A God  (Aleksei German)
  2. Brine Twice Daily (Maximilian Le Cain, Vicky Langan)
  3. Prix Suisse (Jean-Luc Godard)
  4. 11 Minutes (Jerzy Skolimowski)
  5. At One Fell Swoop (Michael Higgins)
  6. L’Ombre des femmes (Philippe Garrel)
  7. Clandestine (Atoosa Pour Hosseini)
  8. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
  9. Bargaintown (David Jazay, Judith Klinger)
  10. Sumpf (Jann Clavadetscher)

Special Mention:

The Revenant (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
Landform 1 (Stephen Broomer)
The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin)
La Sapienza (Eugène Green)
The Tribe (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy)

  1. Love (Gaspar Noe)
  2. Mia Madre (Nanni Moretti)
  3. Room (Lenny Abrahamson)
  4. The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland)
  5. The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino)
  6. Spectre (Sam Mendes)
  7. The Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas)
  8. Sicario (Denis Villeneuve)
  9. The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos)
  10. Heaven Knows What (Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie)

Favourite Events:

  • Material filme II [1976] (Wilhelm Hein) @ Plastik Film Festival
  • Open Night Cinema (Michael Higgins & Cillian Roche) @Various Abandonned Warehouses
  • Ten Years in the Sun (Rouzbeh Rashidi), World Premiere @Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
  • Cloud of Skin (Maximilian Le Cain), World Premiere@Cork Film Festival
  • Ennio Morricone: My Life in Music @3Arena
  • Mirage (2015), a performance devised by Atoosa Pour Hosseini @ ArtBox
  • OUT 1: Noli me tangere [1971] (Jacques Rivette) @Irish Film Institute
  • Things Said Once ( Esperanza Collado) @Lajevardi Gallery, Tehran, Iran
  • What The Water Said, no. 46 [2007] (David Gatten) @ Plastik Film Festival
  • The Nautilus Shutter Experiments: Part 1; The Thin Blue Line (Anja Mahler) @ UTURN, Blackchurch 

Favourite Album:

Holding Hands With Jamie (Girl Band)

Special Mention:
Tres Caballeros (The Aristocrats)

Friday, 11 December 2015

The Curse of Johnny Kline (2D) (2015)

"Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."

Produced by Experimental Film Society
Thanks to The Arts Council of Ireland

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Experimental Film Society @ Filmbase, Nov 27th

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 duoGlocke & 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, Ireland’s first stop online for all the latest Irish film news, reviews, interviews and exclusives.

More information Here & Here