Thursday, 5 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.


Luminosity (1) (2013)
By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / Ireland / 5mins
Canvas Eye (2014)
By Jann Clavadetscher / Ireland-Italy / 12mins 
W.E (2013)
By Bahar Samadi / France / 5mins
Pitpony (2014)
By Jason Marsh / UK / 3:30mins 
The Illuminating Gas (2012)
By Esperanza Collado / Spain / 7:30mins 
Murder (2014)
By Michael Higgins / Ireland / 5mins
Friends with Johnny Kline (2015)
By Dean Kavanagh / Ireland / 17:30mins
67-69-Take 5 (2015)
By Maximilian Le cain Ireland-Spain / 14mins 
Homo Sapiens Project (150)
(2013) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / Ireland / 36mins


Total Running Time: 104 Minutes

More info HERE & HERE




Thursday, 26 February 2015

"Ten Years in the Sun" @ JDIFF 2015



Rouzbeh Rashidi's latest and most epic film to-date "Ten Years in the Sun" has been included in the programme of this year's Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (Friday, March 27th, 8pm). A great chance to see this incredible, truly explosive and unforgettable film on the big screen. Who will survive and what will be left of them...





Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Thursday, 19 February 2015

"Ornaments of the Bone" (2015)




Production has begun on a new project titled "Ornaments of the Bone" (2015),
 a three-part film series circling the exploits of a hideous Foley artist 
who terrorises a small township to the brink of cataclysm. 



Alan Lambert on Irish Experimental Film


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


Read the article HERE


(above, a still from Rouzbeh Rashidi's "HSP 150" )

Monday, 9 February 2015

EFS @ Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (III): Le Cain Solo Screening


Tuesday 17th February 2015, 6pm

Studio 6 | Free admission, all welcome

Details Here

The third of six bi-monthly Experimental Film Society (EFS) screenings, taking place at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios under the Studio 6 Open programme, foregrounds the work of Irish-based EFS member Maximilian Le Cain.

The first half of the programme is a special presentation of Le Cain’s Super-8 film work, here assembled under the title Image Turned Down and projected on celluloid. Intensely materialist and experiential, his approach to working with Super-8 radicalises the relationship between sound, image and the spectator’s body, often suppressing and withholding imagery to place the viewer in an immersive, sonically charged void. The sound for this screening is by Cinema Cyanide, the noise project formed by Le Cain and fellow EFS members Rouzbeh Rashidi and Dean Kavanagh. And the star of these films is sound/performance artist Vicky Langan, who collaborates regularly with Le Cain.

This is followed by the public premiere of the video "Now Then: Notebook of a Decade (1997-2008)". This lyrical and intense collage of the first ten years of Le Cain’s work with moving image uses portraits, video notes and chunks of broken narrative to conjure a turbulent inner universe. Le Cain has described this video as a spectacular ‘ruin’, alive with ghosts.

For more information on Maximilian Le Cain, please visit: maximilianlecain.com

Image Turned Down (2010-2014) Super-8 / Ireland & Greece / 20 minutes

Now Then: Notebook of a Decade (1997-2008) / Ireland / 49 minutes

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. 

More info: 




Thursday, 5 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.