Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Solus/EFS Screening @ Filmbase, Dublin


An Evening of Experimental Film With Solus Film Collective & Experimental Film Society 



Tuesday September 9th, 6.30 pm, €7,

Filmbase, Curved St., Temple Bar, Dublin 




Solus presents Masha Godovannaya's 'Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

Experimental Film Society presents ‘Forbidden Symmetries’ & ‘Tangled And Far’ 

Solus is an independent film collective. It has the dual aim of showing Irish short and avant-garde films abroad and international short and avant-garde films in Ireland. Experimental Film Society is a not-for-profit entity that promotes, archives and produces work by a dozen experimental filmmakers operating in several different countries. 

The screening of "Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear" is the third instalment of the Solus 2014 tour, covering USA, Russia and Ireland. For information on the film, please visit: soluscollective.com

The Experimental Film Society section of the programme consists of: 

Tangled And Far (Vicky Langan/Maximilian Le Cain, 2013, 12 mins) 
This video is the most recent in the ongoing collaboration between Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain. Drawing on footage of Langan’s performances over the past two years, as well as scenes specifically shot for this video, it foregrounds the overlap between intimate domestic detail and its reflection in Langan’s performance work. The private and public projections of her presence and actions collapse into each other in this phantasmagoric continuum of alternate selves and self-images to form a fractured dream portrait. 

Forbidden Symmetries (Dean Kavanagh/Maximilian Le Cain/Rouzbeh Rashidi, 2014, 97 mins) 
This collaborative feature is an ostensibly science fictional trip, arranged in three half-hour ‘phases’, one by each director. They are three witnesses to the invasion giving three accounts. Are they observing the same thing? Were there any warning signs? And, after all they’ve seen and heard, are they even competent to offer a reliable report? The purpose of this film is to demonstrate that an effort to construct functions known not to exist may on occasion produce interesting frauds. (Please note: this film contains intense strobing effects.)

Rouzbeh Rashdi, Dean Kavanagh, Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain will be present to introduce their films





Tuesday, 26 August 2014

EFS at Temble Bar Gallery + Studios (1)




(image: "H7HSP160 Regression" By Maximilian Le Cain & Rouzbeh Rashidi




Experimental Film Society (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.

Although international in scope, EFS is notably at the centre of a new energy in Irish experimental filmmaking and crucial in fostering a radical Iranian underground cinema. A series of six bi-monthly screenings at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios will present not only the work of EFS members, but will juxtapose it with films by other contemporary experimental filmmakers, exploring and identifying a strong and vital tendency in alternative cinema today: personal, formalistic, anti-narrative, often uncanny. Work that pushes the boundaries of film and video in conveying unique and unsettling worldviews that can only be expressed through extreme cinematic forms. 

The first programme will showcase the five EFS members who are from or are currently based in Ireland: Rouzbeh RashidiMaximilian Le CainDean KavanaghMichael Higgins and Jann Clavadetscher. The films selected will identify the specific qualities of each filmmaker, as well as indicating where they overlap and the fruitful history of collaboration that they share.

Monday 22nd September 6PM 2014 at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Dublin, 5-9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2. 

Kish
(8mins) By Jann Clavadetscher
Light From An Old Town
(17mins) By Dean Kavanagh
Funnel Web Family
(14mins) By Michael Higgins
H7HSP160 Regression
(40mins) By Maximilian Le Cain & Rouzbeh Rashidi

Total Running Time: 80 Minutes


More info:

Thursday, 14 August 2014

What is the Irish for ‘avant-garde’? Interview with Kavanagh/Rashidi/LeCain




Sam Fitzpatrick interviews filmmakers Dean Kavanagh, Rouzbeh Rashidi and Maximilian Le Cain for his thesis “What is the Irish for ‘avant-garde’? An examination of the avant-garde idea in Irish cinema” for the course “MSc in Digital Feature Film Production” run by Filmbase Dublin, in association with Staffordshire University.

Rouzbeh Rashidi:
"I think Experimental Film Society films are very much universal and can be understood by any creature including extra-terrestrial life. As far as I am concerned, regarding my own work and some EFS fellow filmmakers like Max Le Cain and Dean Kavanagh, we could well be on Mars..."