Friday, 22 November 2013

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Behind the scenes of "A Harbour Town" (2013)

 Location Photographs from 
"A Harbour Town" (2013)

Shane Vernon (above pictured) on location

(above pictured from left) Dean Kavanagh, Shane Vernon, John Curran

Rouzbeh Rashidi (above pictured on location in Dublin, simultaneously shooting scenes for his film "Circumcision Of Participant Observation", 2013)

(above) Rouzbeh Rashidi on location, Dublin.

Cast/Crew wrap (above from left: John Curran, Shane Vernon, Leon Kavanagh, Dean Kavanagh)
Armourer: Michael Roe

A salvaged/customised kit used on the production.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Spectacle Theater Screening, NY


@ Spectacle Theater, New York



Irish cinema has never been renowned for harboring a vibrant underground or experimental film scene. There have been significant exceptions (most importantly, aspects of the Irish “First Wave” of the 1970s), but it’s only in recent years that a body of films has emerged that offer a powerful rebuttal to that perception. While to announce a fully-fledged “movement” would be premature, it is safe to say that the work of the four filmmakers featured in this series – Rouzbeh Rashidi, Maximilian Le Cain, Dean Kavanagh and Michael Higgins – represent an important new direction in Irish cinema. Working with minimal and usually non-existent budgets, primarily on video, with zero crew and casts typically drawn from friends and family, all four filmmakers have been developing at a prolific rate over the past few years. Between them, they have produced 32 features since 2008 – though it must be admitted Rashidi, who in 2012 alone directed 9 features and 76 short films, has been the most insanely fertile contributor. All the filmmakers are members of the Experimental Film Society, an international organization founded by Rashidi aiming “to produce and promote films by its members” who are “distinguished by an uncompromising, no-budget devotion to personal, experimental cinema.” As this series will make clear, they have also been known to appear in each other’s films, and even collaborate on film projects together from time to time. (Strangely enough, Rashidi, Le Cain and Kavanagh have even released three albums of sound art together, under the collective moniker “Cinema Cyanide”.)

For the most part, the films operate in an uncanny space between experimental and narrative film. On the one hand, generally eschewing plot and any conventional notion of “eventfulness” in favor of the immediate sensuousness of images and sounds and their juxtaposition – on the other hand, using performers, locations, lighting and sound design to evoke affects and atmospheres more readily associated with genre cinema, especially the horror film. Le Cain, also an accomplished critic, once wrote about David Lynch that he “frees the paranoia of noir from the straightjacket of narrative … [drowning] the plot in a great tidal wave of emotion”, and one can identify a similar impulse at work across many of these films. Le Cain adds that “the most unsettling aspect of [Lynch’s work] is that the fear seems to come from a source that is deeper than the plot indicates.” It’s this deeper level that these filmmakers mostly concern themselves with. As the title of our opening film, There is No Escape from the Terrors of the Mind (2013), makes explicit, the unease evoked is existential rather than circumstantial: it’s much more about the nature of perception, memory and consciousness than anything that can be resolved, or even expressed, through action or dialogue. Usually forsaking plot entirely to tackle these depths head-on, the films mostly seem to reside in a strange, subterranean world free of the typical “narrative” trappings of our daily life. Jobs, money, the State, even social interaction, are rarely visible. Instead, there are bodies and there are spaces, there are sensations and there are memories, and there is the coming-into-being and intermingling of each of these through processes of perception (and cinema). 

When language is foregrounded in these worlds – for example, in Higgins’ Birds on a Wire (2011) or Rashidi’s Bipedality (2010) – it is usually fragile and woefully insufficient. Le Cain has described Bipedality one of Rashidi’s last films to feature extensive dialogues, as a study of “how inadequate language is to communicate feeling, or to grapple with the mysteries of existing in any given moment in relation to another person or simply to the world that surrounds one”, a world that is, in contrast, “almost overwhelmingly vivid and sensuous.” It’s our primal and problematic relationship to the world in this sense, that each of these filmmakers focus on in different ways: not the world before the Word (in the sense of Brakhage’s “untutored eye”) so much as a world beneath the Word, a subterranean field of sensations that is always available to us but which we can rarely share or articulate in social or verbal terms. 

Although it’s worth thinking through the question of whether this aesthetic direction is ultimately limited by its rejection of social or political contingencies and distrust of verbal expression, Le Cain’s thoughts on Rashidi make an opposing case that could apply to all four filmmakers: “He is not interested in cinema as a record or replication of communication, but in what cinema can itself best communicate through sound and image. … He is concerned with the intensely private experiences of perception that perhaps cinema alone has the tools to communicate adequately.” Or put another way, we could pick up the idea of filmmakers Graeme Thomson and Silvia Maglioni from their recent film In Search of Uiq (2013) that, “In our universe, we are tuned to the frequency that corresponds to the reality of capitalism … An infinite number of parallel realities coexist with us in the same room, although we cannot tune into them.” At their best, Rashidi, Le Cain, Kavanagh and Higgins have found ways to tune into some of those other frequencies, and now invite us to join them.

Programmed by Donal Foreman, with special thanks to the Experimental Film Society.

For more information please visit Spectacle Theater: HERE & HERE

See the TRAILER of the whole programme HERE

Thursday, November 7

7.30pm HSP: THERE IS NO ESCAPE FROM THE TERRORS OF THE MIND (Rouzbeh Rashidi, 120mins, 2013)


“HSP: There Is No Escape From The Terrors Of The Mind consists of three medium length instalments of an ongoing film project by Rashidi, Homo Sapiens Project. These instalments, when watched back-to-back, will function as a single film structured in episodes. A mysterious loner, perhaps a poet, journeys through a series of uncanny surrealistic landscapes with an unclear purpose. His adventure is divided into three sections. The main theme of this experiment is to compare the eerier qualities of different landscapes and interpose the characters within them, elaborating the project’s ongoing preoccupation with extracting sinister moods from ordinary settings. In a way, these can be seen as experimental horror films in which an atmosphere of dread is evoked and sustained without the expected narrative trappings.” –Rouzbeh Rashidi

10pm BIPEDALITY (Rouzbeh Rashidi, 68mins, 2010)


“It is rare and thrilling to encounter a film that seems to pre-exist the viewer's presence, one which pitches the audience into a disturbingly private universe and trusts it to find its bearings within an alien environment that belongs more to the characters than the spectator. There is no better example of this than Rouzbeh Rashidi's magnificent and profoundly mysterious new underground feature Bipedality (2010). A two-hander focusing exclusively on a young couple played by Dean Kavanagh and Julia Gelezova, it troublingly articulates the way in which two people, even while sharing an intimate relationship, can remain mysterious to each other- and perhaps also to themselves.” – Maximilian Le Cain

Thursday, November 21

7.30pm A HARBOUR TOWN (Dean Kavanagh, 92mins, 2013)


“A young girl lives with her brother in a small cottage in the countryside. In the city a Health Inspector explores an abandoned building. It is unclear what has happened but it is evident that there have been environmental changes. A terrible sense of dread ensues and separates the brother and sister. The brother continues with his mundane chores in isolation, while the young girl drifts further away into the depths of a large rotting forest where she eventually disappears.” –Dean Kavanagh

“Based in a small town in Co. Wicklow, working alone, without budgets and with casts more often than not drawn from his family, Kavanagh is a melancholy visionary of brooding isolation. His obscure narratives tend to focus either on the private rituals of home life or mysterious journeys to or from ‘home', to or from memory…. His is unquestionably a cinema of contemplation: places, objects, faces, atmospheres and their immediate emotional charge are his stock in trade. Rather than telling stories in any traditional sense, his best films generate a slow, throbbing ache that invades and haunts his viewers. His world is rainswept, claustrophobic, fixated on details, with even his urban images steeped in rural gloom.” – Maximilian Le cain


Since 2010, sound/performance artist Vicky Langan (aka Wölflinge) and experimental filmmaker Maximilian Le Cain have been working together in a unique creative audio-visual partnership. This is built on the strikingly fitting match between Langan’s magnetic, often troublingly intense presence as a performer and Le Cain’s distinctively jarring, disruptive visual rhythms. So far, they have completed eight moving image works together, six of which are presented in this program:

CONTACT (2011, 3 mins) uses Super-8 elements in constructing a dialectical relationship between film image and material.

WOLFLINGE 17/11/'10 (2011, 8 mins) is a haunting visual interpretation of a performance by Langan that breaks down the boundaries between spectator and performer.

LIGHT/SOUND (2010, 9 mins) their first video, acclaimed by critic Fergus Daly as one of the top ten films of 2010 in the Senses of Cinema magazine end of year poll, was chosen for distribution by Paris-based experimental film cooperative Collectif Jeune Cinéma.

HEREUNDER (2011, 12 mins) is an intense, fragmented (auto)biographical portrait of Vicky, which sets her adrift amidst lockers of garden shed bric-a-brac from which she summons an ocean of sound.

DESK 13 (2011, 8 mins) brings a darker, more erotic aspect of their vision to the fore.

DIRT (2012, 12 mins) is a phantasmagoric mélange of live performances and elements of gothic horror, resulting in a haunting, intense and sometimes humorous portrait of Wölflinge.

Thursday, December 5

7.30pm HISTORY OF WATER (Dean Kavanagh, 62mins, 2012) + BIRDS ON A WIRE (Michael Higgins, 63mins, 2011)


This double bill of hour-long pieces by Dean Kavanagh and Michael Higgins are perhaps the most identifiably Irish films in the season, focused as they are on the texture of rural landscapes and atmospheres. 

Kavanagh’s first long-form work, History of Water, draws tremendous visual power out of a limited series of characters and spaces around his family home and native town of Greystones, Co. Wicklow. The minimal and even hermetic scope of the film is countered by consistently rich and sensuous imagery in which local weather plays an evocative part. The underlying unease which is developed and at times becomes overwhelming, is hinted at in Kavanagh’s own synopsis of the film, which seems to function both as a description of the film’s narrative and its production: “A young man films his family to better understand them. As a result he becomes destroyed by them.”

On the other hand, Michael Higgins’ Birds on a Wire, the third film in his “road movie trilogy”, takes a paradoxically austere and static approach to a touristic journey along Ireland’s west coast. Two Polish women “experience both Ireland’s mythical history and contemporary weather patterns”, through a series of mostly distanced black and white tableaus, emphasizing the interplay of bodies, earth, weather and the flow of time much more than any contextual specifics of geography or personality.

10pm WEIRD WEIRD MOVIE KIDS DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE (Maximilian Le Cain / Rouzbeh Rashidi, 80mins, 2013)


Weird Weird Movie Kids Do Not Watch The Movie is the second collaborative feature film between Rouzbeh Rashidi and Maximilian Le Cain. This hypnotic, visually and sonically immersive exploration of a haunted space unfolds in two parts. In the first, a woman (Eadaoin O’Donoghue) dissolves her identity into the ghostly resonances she finds in the rooms and corridors of a sprawling, atmospheric seaside basement property. In the second, a man (Rashidi), existing in a parallel dimension of the same space, pursues a bizarre and perverse amorous obsession.

New Film
"Revenants on Trial"
Available for online viewing

A Video Loop for Cork Film Centre Gallery

SeeSound Event, October 20th 2013

SeeSound 2013 at Cork Film Centre Gallery
Sunday, Oct 20th

Cork Film Centre Gallery and The Guesthouse present Seesound 2013, a day of film/sound screenings, performances and installations by Experimental Film Society and friends, in association with IndieCork.

Sun Oct 20th, 12.30 - 6.30pm, 

Cork Film Centre Gallery, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Initiated by The Guesthouse, Seesound is a unique artist-led initiative that enables sound artists, musicians and moving image-makers to form new collaborations to explore the effective relationship between sound and image. The 2013 edition, taking place on October 20th as part of the IndieCork Festival, is a collaboration between Experimental Film Society, The Guesthouse and Cork Film Centre, which will take the form of a day of screenings, performances and installations. This year, the venue for Seesound will be Cork Film Centre Gallery in Ballincollig, Co. Cork.

Experimental Film Society is an independent, not-for-profit entity specialising in avant-garde no/low budget filmmaking. It was founded in 2000 by filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi with the aim of producing and promoting films by its members. Experimental Film Society unites works by a dozen filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema. During October 2013, several EFS filmmakers are on a month-long residency at The Guesthouse. Seesound 2013 will be the culmination of this residency. It will feature EFS films, and performance collaborations between Experimental Film Society members and Cork-based sound artists and musicians.

The lineup includes:

Expanded cinema performance by Jann Clavadetscher

Live sound/moving image performances by 

Atoosa Pour Hosseini and Strange Attractor

Michael Higgins and Karen Power

New collaborative works by

Dean Kavangah and Vicky Langan

Maximilian Le Cain and Paul Hegarty

A programme of EFS shorts curated by Rouzbeh Rashidi, featuring films:

1_On The Way (2013) By Bahar Samadi / 3mins / France
2_Les Yeux Disparus (2012) By Bahar Samadi / 10mins / France
3_6.3.12 Strobe (2012) By Jason Marsh / 2mins / U.K
4_Ron (2012) By Jason Marsh / 5mins / U.K
5_South West of the Lizard (2012) By Jason Marsh / 8mins / U.K
6_Lilymeat (2013) By Jason Marsh / 9mins / U.K
7_Tasbih (2013) By Kamyar Kordestani / 11mins / Iran
8_Partizan (2012) By Kamyar Kordestani / 6mins / Iran
9_Untitled (2011) By Hamid Shams Javi / 5mins / Iran
10_Ashes to Ashes By Hamid Shams Javi / 7mins / Iran

An installation by
Maximilian Le Cain and John Godfrey

In addition to Seesound, the first 100 installments of Rouzbeh Rashidi's ongoing Homo Sapiens Project will be projected in The Guesthouse, Shandon, Cork City, over four full afternoons, October 16th-19th. This dazzling outpouring of cinematic creativity is the 'laboratory' of Rashidi's acclaimed experimental film work.

The event is curated by 

Maximilian Le Cain

"I think HISTORY OF WATER (2012, Dean Kavanagh) and A HARBOUR TOWN are among very few films in this world in which humidity seems to exist as a character. When I watch Kavanagh’s films, I can feel dampness in the air, especially when I hear the sound of water, or see the cloudy sky, or see some waterdrops hanging from branches of a tree, or see the mist in the town, or see the vapor slowly disappearing from a windowpane, or see vapor covering the camera lens."
Full review here

SCREENING @ Triskel Cork

Black Sun Cinema, in partnership with Triskel Christchurch Cinema, is proud to present the Irish premiere of
a new feature film by one of Ireland’s most radical and acclaimed experimental filmmakers

The New Album now online here

Love Songs is the 4th release by Cinema Cyanide-
a sound project by filmmakers
Rouzbeh Rashidi, Maximilian Le Cain and Dean Kavanagh.

Experimental Conversations Issue 12

The Autumn 2013 edition of Experimental Conversations,
Cork Film Centre’s online journal of experimental film, art cinema and video art, is now online. 

This issue features Fergus Daly on Allen Baron’s neglected noir classic "Blast of Silence", Chris O’Neill on Brian De Palma’s controversial "Passion", Gianluca Pulsoni on Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricchi Lucchi, Phillina Sun on Wes Anderson’s "Moonrise Kingdom", James Devereaux on his experiences of acting in experimental film, and David Brancaleone on Cesare Zavattini’s film testament "La Veritáaaa!" and a section on contemporary Thai alternative cinema. In the review section: James Fotopoulos, Alan Lambert, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Jim Van Bebber and recent indie triumphs "Kelly + Victor" and "Breathe In".

RIP Neil O'Callaghan


Short film completed in 2012.

Cast: Neil O'Callaghan
Thanks to Christian & Peggie Steele

12mins | Colour | Silent | Dslr | 16:9 | Ireland

Late Hours of the Night


Late Hours of the Night is a film series in which a character has experienced a terrible ordeal.
Furthermore, the character has been removed entirely thus the audience is left solely with the memories and disturbances. 

Though the project is episodical, the parts could appear also like individual scenes.
The aim would be to incorporate an atmosphere closer to that of an old late night radio serial than a typical online miniseries.

The project consists of 5 films, each varying in length.
The final episode will be a 'Christmas Special'. 

Stay Tuned
Easter | Film Group

Promotional Card for 
"Sound From The Valley Floor"

Official Poster for "A HARBOUR TOWN"

Poster & Concept by Dean Kavanagh

Last of Deductive Frames (9)

"The Last of Deductive Frames" is a collaborative omnibus feature film being made gradually over time by the members of Experimental Film Society. It is a film that starts but never finishes. Each filmmaker will contribute a ten minute section to it. These sections will be assembled in the order in which they are completed. This constantly growing work will initially be for the internet, but will eventually be presented on the big screen. The only strict rule at the outset is that each segment must last exactly ten minutes, although further rules might be added as the film develops. "The Last of Deductive Frames" is a living cinematic organism designed to forget its creators as it evolves.

6:30pm / Thursday 22 August 2013
Irish Film Institute (6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin) 
and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (5-9 Temple Bar)

Tickets here
Notes by curator Esperanza Collado Here

Out Now
Cinema Cyanide's third release "Killer Sale" can be heard here

Spectres of Memory

A programme of experimental films followed by an expanded cinema performance. Filmmakers in person.

6:30pm / Thursday 22 August 2013
Irish Film Institute (6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin) and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (5-9 Temple Bar)
Tickets here.

This month's programme showcases four of Ireland's most outstanding contemporary artists working consistently in the field of experimental filmmaking. If there is a common spark that links the work of Rouzbeh Rashidi, Michael Higgins, Dean Kavanagh, and Maximilian Le Cain, it is the belief that cinema is the last device capable of reaching the mind through the senses, reminding us that cinematic qualities are deeply related to our own metabolism. Their resistance to the accepted rules of the filmmaking industry results in a total creative freedom where exploratory processes lead to a defiantly personal film practice that combines poetic forms with subversion. Their keen awareness of cinema histories is matched only by their common devotion (the only necessary driving force) to reinventing a medium in the age of its apparent death. And their individual creative visions have noticeably gained in force over recent years. Along with a handful of other international artists, they are all members of Experimental Film Society, a group that the EFC is overdue in paying homage to.

Experimental Film Society was founded by Rashidi in 2000 in Iran to preserve, promote and distribute the work of its members. It has also undoubtedly stimulated many collaborations and common projects within the group, as well as the restless curatorial practice and critical writing related to this project and its members by Maximilian Le Cain, a leading figure in contemporary Irish experimental film whose work we have shown in past programmes.

This programme focuses on the spectral quality which is inherent in film's materiality and decadence, as well as being deeply embedded in our collective cinematic consciousness. A ghostly quality in the form of oblique memories and pulsations runs through each of the works selected for this session to a different degree.   

Michael Higgins' Some Must Watch While Some Must Sleep explores ideas of dream, memory and time. It was shot in Alberta and British Columbia on 30 rolls of expired Kodak Super8 stock, utilising unorthodox hand-processing and telecine techniques in order to highlight the unique characteristics of celluloid subject to destruction and decay.

Dean Kavanagh is, in Le Cain's words, “Irish cinema best-kept secret”, and in The Distance, as well as in other works by this Wicklow-based film poet, memory plays an essential role, “or, more specifically, the flimsiness of the divide between the intensity of the impression of a given moment and its memory, with the mechanics of image-making providing the solution in which these two states are dissolved" (Le Cain).
Rouzbeh Rashidi is a 'cinemist', a term borrowed from visionary Spanish experimental filmmaker, theorist and inventor José Val del Omar that combines in one the words 'cineaste' and 'alchemist'. This affinity could be expanded even further if the presence of a spectral, quasi-tactile impression achieved through light pulsation and a ghostly mysticism that is common to the work of both artists were taken into consideration. Rashidi’s piece in this programme, HSP #150, is one of the key installments in his enormous, ongoing audio-visual laboratory Homo Sapiens Project. Using 16mm and 35mm footage, and featuring an impressionistic portrait of Zurich-based filmmaker Jann Clavadetscher, HSP #150 is a cryptic, often darkly surreal excerpt of the larger film diary series which is generally permeated by an eerie sense of mystery reminiscent of horror and classic sci-fi cinema.

The session will conclude with a special event that will take place at the Temple Bar Gallery studios right after the screening. Maximilian Le Cain and composer Karen Power will present Gorging Limpet Materials, a collaborative performance that uses sound, film and video to conjure a mysterious zone of elusive sounds and images that hint at a ghostly realm of submerged memory. This is a specially prepared version of Gorging Limpet, a much larger scale performance/installation that took place in Cork this summer.

Programme Titles



IRELAND/SWITZERLAND 2013 36 MINS DSLR 35MM 16MM ON VIDEO COLOUR SOUND  (Homo Sapiens Project was funded by an Arts Council Film Project Award)

PERFORMANCE/INSTALLATION 2013 30 MINS APPROX. (Gorging Limpet Materials was funded by an Arts Council Film Project Award)
(Photo by Marcin Lewandowski)



Curated by Esperanza Collado.

Double Bill Screening of New Experimental Irish Feature Films

Late Hours of the Night
More information soon

 EFS Screening in IFI as part of EFC

Curated by Esperanza ColladoSpectres of Memory presents a selection of works by some of Ireland’s most outstanding contemporary experimental filmmakers. The programme focusses on film’s materiality as well as its spectral, ghostly quality through a set of works which deal with oblique memories, suspensions, and poetic forms.

The session includes Michael Higgins’ Some Must Watch While Some Must Sleep, Dean Kavangh’s cinematic poem, The Distance, and Rouzbeh Rashidi’s Homo Sapiens Project #150.
The evening will conclude with a special expanded film and sound performance called Gorging Limpet Materials by Maximilian Le Cain and Karen Power at the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

Thursday 22nd August 2013, 18.30, Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

More info 

A Harbour Town
A promotional drawing by Paul Dowling, based on a character from "A Harbour Town"

Paul's blog

Review of "A HARBOUR TOWN"
by Maximilian Le Cain

"In an article I wrote last year about Dean Kavanagh's films, I called him 'Irish cinema's best kept secret'. His brand new feature film, A Harbour Town,  adds overwhelming urgency to the need to get that 'secret' out there. In this extraordinary, utterly idiosyncratic new masterpiece, Dean has surpassed even the finest of his short films. An uncomfortable, elusive work that gets right under the skin, A Harbour Town blurs the boundaries between banal details of daily life and the weirdness of our unconscious, often tactile perception of them. An unsettling experience to be sure, one that it's very hard not to carry back into 'real life' (a condition this film constantly interrogates) after viewing. This new movie consolidates Dean's status as undoubtedly the most unique and mysterious filmmaker in Ireland. And, to my mind, one of the most fascinating anywhere."

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Has been completed

'A journey into the dark visions of a small coastal town.
Memories of the inhabitants or memories created by the place itself.'

Leon Kavanagh, John Curran, Natalie Kavanagh, 
Rouzbeh Rashidi, Dean Kavanagh, Shane Vernon, Vanessa Kavanagh, 
Matthew Moynihan, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Maximilian Le Cain

92mins | Colour | Dslr HD | 1.77:1 | Stereo | 2013

More news soon

A Harbour Town - Official Trailer

Co-production between Easter Film Group Experimental Film Society

Coming Soon - 2013

Image Turned Down

A new album by Cinema Cyanide.
Listen to it Here

Cinema Cyanide is a sound project by experimental filmmakers
 Rouzbeh Rashidi, Dean Kavanagh and Maximilian Le Cain. 
The creation of often darkly intense soundscapes has always been an  important element of their films.
 Cinema Cyanide now brings full focus to their sonic explorations.

A Harbour Town
Has now entered Post-Production


Cinema Cyanide is a sound project by experimental filmmakers Rouzbeh RashidiDean Kavanagh and Maximilian Le Cain.
The creation of often darkly intense soundscapes has always been an important element of their films. Cinema Cyanide now brings full focus to their sonic explorations.

Listen to the album GANGRENE

EFS Technical Series: 

"EFS Technical Series" focuses purely on the technical sides of experimental filmmaking and explains the different approaches that the filmmakers have taken in order to achieve a specific result in their film/video."

The third article is on 'History of Water' (2012) by Dean Kavanagh

EFS Screening
Tuesday March 26th '13
ORMSTON HOUSE 9-10 Patrick Street, Limerick, Ireland

List of the films:

1. Away by Michael Higgins 5mins 2011 Ireland.

2. The Gardener by Michael Higgins 4mins 2010 Ireland.

3. Hotel by Michael Higgins 1min 2010 Ireland.

4. Painting by Michael Higgins 5mins 2011 Ireland.

5. Horses by Esperanza Collado 2mins 2011 Spain.

6. Light From An Old Town by Dean Kavanagh 17mins 2011 Ireland.

7. Homo Sapiens Project (29) by Rouzbeh Rashidi 12mins 2011 Ireland.

8. Based On Decay by Jason Marsh 14mins 2012 U.K.

9. Background by Maximilian Le Cain 20mins 2011 Spain and Ireland.

10. Dirt by Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain 12mins 2012 Ireland.

Total: 92mins

Rouzbeh Rashidi and Maximilian Le Cain will be attending and be available for discussion with the audience afterwards.

For more information on Experimental Film Society: HERE

For an interview with Rashidi discussing EFS in depth: HERE

More info on Ormston House

'A Harbour Town'
TBC 2013

Fundit Campaign Successful

A sincere thank you to all of the funders who donated and supported my project ‘A Harbour Town’
which has now been successfully funded at €2095.

Thanks to:
Everyone who supported & shared the campaign page on their FB/Twitter/website

And to the funders:
Mike Nedved, Maximilian Le Cain, Andrew Ennis, Rouzbeh Rashidi, Alan Lambert, Jason Marsh, Donal Foreman, Maciek Klich, Maximilian Ramsbottom, Michael Higgins, Martin Gallagher, Eleen Murphy , My Sjögren Blücher , Farzad Fahim, Seamus Hegarty, Orla McNelis, Darragh Sinnott, Christopher O’Neill , Ricardo Deakin,  Leo Kennedy, Vicky Langan, Rita Skersyte, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Suri Grennel, Alice Kavanagh, Patrick Donnelly, Jit Phokaew, John Corcoran, Mick O’Shea, Katell Paillard, Matthew Moynihan, Kevin Fisher, John Curran, Shane Vernon, Johnny Allen
And the 3 funders who are anonymous.
A special thanks to Colin & the Harbour Bar Bray, Patrick James Grabolle & the audience @ KinoTeka

The film will be made in association with Experimental Film Society.

A HARBOUR TOWN - Cast Update -

Filmmaker & Cinephile Rouzbeh Rashidi (website) will also feature in 'A Harbour Town'.
Dean Kavanagh has featured in several of Rashidi's short films and feature films (Only Human, 2009 | Bipedality, 2010).
While Rashidi has also appeared in the short films 'F' (2008) and '3Over4' (2008) by Kavanagh.

(above image from '3Over4', 2008)


- the new feature film by Dean Kavanagh

Easter Film Group

You can also find updates for new works on the Easter Film Group blog.

Please support 'A HARBOUR TOWN' the new feature film by Dean Kavanagh

HISTORY OF WATER - Review by Cinephile & Critic Jit Phokaew

"HISTORY OF WATER is a kind of films I feel reluctant to write about, because it is extremely poetic and obviously beyond my ability to describe it. To describe this film makes me feel as if I dare to describe the painting SNOWSTORM (1842) by J.M.W. Turner. How can one describe things like that or the exact feelings caused by things like that? The more I write about this kind of poetic films, the more I feel what I write stray too far from the films. So readers should beware that what I write cannot fully represent the feelings I have for this film. What I wrote may not be exactly about the film, but about my re-imagination of the film. This kind of films always makes me feel something strong, powerful, and indescribable. 

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New Work screened at 'Plugd Records'

'Areas of Sympathy' by LeCain (above)

This programme of contemporary experimental film features new work by Irish-based members of 

25 January at 21:30

Experimental Film Society supports and promotes works by a dozen filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema. 
It was founded and is run by Dublin-based Iranian filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi.

This programme is curated by Maximilian Le Cain:

WÖLFLINGE 12/4/’12 (Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, 7 mins, 2012)
Since 2010, Cork-based sound/performance artist Vicky Langan (Wölflinge) and experimental filmmaker Maximilian Le Cain have been working together in a creative audio-visual partnership built on the strikingly fitting match between Langan’s magnetic, often troublingly intense presence as a performer and Le Cain’s distinctively jarring, disruptive visual rhythms. Wölflinge 12/4/’12 is the record of a typically visceral performance Langan gave at Triskel Christchurch last year.

SOUND FROM THE VALLEY FLOOR (Dean Kavanagh, 25 mins, 2012)
Dean Kavanagh is an independent avant-garde filmmaker based in Wicklow. He favours 'visual stories' which radically reduce conventional narrative elements. These haunting, visually hypnotic works focus on private rituals and mysterious journeys to or from ‘home', to or from memory. Shot mainly in Cork, Sound From the Valley Floor introduces a strain of bizarre humour into Kavanagh’s poetic evocation of displacement.

AREAS OF SYMPATHY (Maximilian Le Cain, 40 mins, 2013)
Areas of Sympathy, Le Cain’s latest solo work, is a visually raw collage of home movies, performance documentation and found footage that knits together into a frustrating but highly exhilarating series of abandoned science fiction / thriller narratives without beginning or end. The memory of an old movie partially watched late at night while more than half asleep…

HOMO SAPIENS PROJECT (139) (Rouzbeh Rashidi, 16 mins, 2013)
The prolific and influential Rouzbeh Rashidi has been working on the ongoing Homo Sapiens Project since 2011. This series of short films is a laboratory for experimenting with cinematic forms. A ‘notebook’, sometimes an oblique ‘diary’, the films produced range from cryptic, often darkly surreal film diaries to impressionistic portraits of places and people, from found footage séances to semi-documentary monologues. Formally, they encompass everything from highly composed and distantly framed meditations to frenetically flickering plunges into the textural substance of moving images. HSP 139 was made as a response to Le Cain’s Areas of Sympathy.

Call for Funding
Link below to Film Ireland article

New Project Update

Leon Kavanagh has performed in many of Dean Kavanagh's films since 2008,
 he will have a prominent role in 'A Harbour Town'.

Fund This Project HERE

Leon Kavanagh on location in Co. Wicklow
Fund this project HERE

A New Feature Film Project 

'Senses of Cinema' World Poll 2012

 "History of Water" and short film "Light From An Old Town" 
have been listed in 'Senses of Cinema' 2012 WORLD POLL
- in a list of favourite films from the Irish experimental scene composed by filmmaker and critic Maximilian Le Cain.

Great works by other Experimental Film Society colleagues 

Rouzbeh RashidiMichael Higgins and Esperanza Collado have also been listed. 

Link to Lists

Stills from location (History of Water, 2012)


Dean Kavanagh starred in two of Rouzbeh Rashidi's early feature films
"Only Human" (2009) and "Bipedality" (2010).

11 of Rashidi's zero-budget feature films are available for viewing.
(Unlisted: Anyone with the link can view + HD viewing is recommended)

Experimental Film Society
Experimental Film Society is an independent, not-for-profit entity specialising in experimental, independent and no/low budget filmmaking. It was founded in 2000 in Tehran, Iran. Its aim is to produce and promote films by its members. Experimental Film Society unites works by a dozen filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising, no-budget devotion to personal, experimental cinema. Experimental Film Society is responsible for rescuing and preserving many of its members' films, which otherwise might have been lost forever. All the materials and films in this society are original and had made by EFS filmmakers. The current office of EFS is in Dublin / Ireland.

"Good Evening" will be screened in the "Fictive Landscapes" programme

Friday 26th October, 5pm  |  Tower Mill, Heart of Hawick, Scottish Boarders, UK

Full Information HERE

Official Poster for 'HoW'
Artwork (Pen&Ink) by Paul Dowling

Feature film 
has been completed '12.

Trailer HERE

Cast: Leon Kavanagh, Noelia Luque, Michael Kavanagh, Bernadette Keddy,
Natalie Kavanagh and Dean Kavanagh.
dir. Dean Kavanagh

61mins | Colour | Stereo | 16x9 (2.35:1) | Digital S35, Dslr | 2012

Black Sun Screening

A u g u s t        1 2 t h
A Day of Experimental
 Film at Triskel Christchurch

"On a Sunday afternoon this August 12th, adventurous souls seeking haven from the harsh summer light will find sanctuary in Triskel's Christchurch Cinema as three programmes of hauntingly dreamlike avant-garde visions fall through the church’s muffled darkness to take possession of all present.

(The Nest, 2003)

 American underground legend James Fotopoulos’ feature The Nest (2003) will be screened, along with 5 short films from
 Holland’s preeminent experimental filmmaker Frans Zwartjes.

And three of Ireland’s most uncompromising contemporary experimental filmmakers,
Rouzbeh Rashidi, Dean Kavanagh and Black Sun film programmer Maximilian Le Cain
will be on hand to present a series of their more disturbing short films. Strange atmospheres, tense self-portraits, troubled meditations on the ghostly power of cinema itself… Filmmaking at its most eerie and obliquely personal."

Programme 1
Schema (Maximilian Le Cain, 2012)
The Man in Autumn (Dean Kavanagh, 2010)
Good Evening (Dean Kavanagh, 2012)
Homo Sapiens Project 92 (Rouzbeh Rashidi, 2012)
The Hamilton Cell (Maximilian Le Cain, 2009)
Homo Sapiens Project 71 (Rouzbeh Rashidi, 2012)

Programme 2: Franz Zwartjes
Birds (1968)
Visual Training (1969)
Spare Bedroom (1969)
Spectator (1970)
Living (1971)

Programme 3:
The Nest (James Fotopoulos, 2003)

More info HERE & HERE

New Work Completed, '12
"Sound From The Valley Floor"
Featuring Rouzbeh Rashidi & Maximilian Le Cain

"A man seeks to ruin everyone around him"

Dslr, HD | Colour | 16:9 | 25min
Cork, Ireland

A  project by filmmaker 
Rouzbeh Rashidi

Homo Sapiens Project is an ongoing series of personal video works by Rouzbeh Rashidi initiated in August 2011 for both online and screen context. They are highly experimental, part cryptic film diaries and part impressionistic portraits of places and people, and often suffused with an eerie sense of mystery reminiscent of horror cinema.
From highly composed and distantly framed meditations to frenetically flickering plunges into the textural substance of moving images, the restless creativity of this vision of life as a cinematic laboratory is never short of surprising. Encompassing everything from documentary monologues to found footage, Rashidi constantly strives to expand his filmmaking palette while putting his unmistakeable stamp on whatever footage passes through his hands.   

More info HERE & HERE

Filmmaker,  Cinéphile  and Critic 
has written an article about my work in the latest issue of the esteemed 
online journal.


The Last of Deductive Frames
A collaborative feature film by the members of Experimental Film Society

The Last of Deductive Frames” the collaborative omnibus feature film by the members of 
will be screened on Friday, 15 June 2012, 19:00 at Seomra Spraoi, Dublin as part of Auntie Underground.

"The Last of Deductive Frames" is a collaborative omnibus feature film being made gradually over time by the members of Experimental Film Society. It is a film that starts but never finishes. Each filmmaker will contribute a ten minute section to it. These sections will be assembled in the order in which they are completed. This constantly growing work will initially be for the internet, but will eventually be presented on the big screen. The only strict rule at the outset is that each segment must last exactly ten minutes, although further rules might be added as the film develops. "The Last of Deductive Frames" is a living cinematic organism designed to forget its creators as it evolves.

Participating Filmmakers: Michael Higgins, Dean Kavanagh, Maximilian Le Cain, Bahar Samadi, Kamyar Kordestani, Hamid Shams Javi and Rouzbeh Rashidi

More info HERE & HERE

Black Sun Screening, April 24 '12


The Girl With The Straw Hat  | B&W,  2008, Hi8 
On Foot  | B&W, 2008, Hi8
Poor Edward  | B&W, 2009, HDV
The Distance  | Colour, 2010, HD

"Black Sun is proud to present four films by one of Ireland’s most gifted, distinctive and experimental young filmmakers, Wicklow-based Dean Kavangh. His moody, heavily atmopsheric and hauntingly mysterious works favour quiet but piercingly intense moments of solitary emotion and contemplation over plot. Distinguished by an exceptionally poetic visual style, Kavanagh’s films obliquely engage with home, memory, mysterious journeys and moments of rupture. Since he began making films in 2006, he has completed over 26 shorts and is now working on his first feature. Black Sun will be screening two brief, highly formalistic early works, The Girl With The Straw Hat and On Foot (both 2008), along with two of his longer and most accomplished films, Poor Edward (2009) and The Distance (2010)."

Screening at Black Sun, Cork
April 24th
The Guesthouse

A solo programme of my shorts (curated by filmmaker and critic Maximilian Le Cain
will be screened as part of a night of intimate performances by 
OKKYUNG LEE, Mick O’ Shea and Emil Nerstrand.

More info HERE

Recently completed, 

19mins | Monotone, B&W | 16:9 | Hi8

cast: Natalie Kavanagh, Leon Kavanagh, Vanessa Kavanagh
dir, camera, concept, score: Dean Kavanagh

Tokyo, Dublin, Wicklow

(An)Other Irish Cinema &
 Friends of (An)Other Irish Cinema
Monday, March 26th | 4.30 & 6.30pm 

 will screen (An)Other Irish Cinema short film programme. 
Featuring works by Rouzbeh RashidiDonal Foreman and Maximilian LeCain.

Two of my short films will also be screened as part of a second programme: 
'Friends of (An)Other Irish Cinema', with works by Michael HigginsEsperanza Collado, Alan Lambert and Chris O'Neill. 

Programme 1: (An)Other Irish Cinema
1_Indwell Extinction of Hawks in Remoteness (Rouzbeh Rashidi, 2012) 61 mins
2_Monologue (Maximilian Le Cain, 2010) 3 mins
3_Next (Maximilian Le Cain, 2010) 7 mins
4_Lullaby (Vicky Langan/Maximilian Le Cain, 2011) 20 mins
5_Refuge (Donal Foreman, 2010) 10 mins
6_You’re Only What I See Sometimes (Donal Foreman, 2008) 9 mins
7_Repeat (Donal Foreman, 2009) 12 mins

Programme 2: Friends of ‘(An)Other Irish Cinema’
1_Concrete Walls (Michael Higgins, 2011) 60 mins
2_Horses (Esperanza Collado, 2011) 2 mins
3_Light From An Old Town (Dean Kavanagh, 2011) 18 mins
4_Poor Edward (Dean Kavanagh, 2009) 12 mins
4_ЧОП (Jann Clavadetscher, 2011) 10 mins
5_St. Francis Didn’t Run Numbers (Chris O’Neill, 2009) 2 mins
6_Sister Mary or Mary the Junkie (Chris O’Neill, 2009) 3 mins
7_Film From The Sea (Alan Lambert, 1999-2011) 5 mins

More info Here

Fifth Screening of Experimental Film Society 
at The Sample Studios

On 20th of March 2012, 8 PM, a programme of the short films of Experimental Film Society will be screening at the Sample-Studios 3rd Floor Former Government Buildings Sullivan's Quay Cork.

1_The Decision (2011) - By Bahar Samadi / 9 Min / France

2_Partizan (2012) - By Kamyar Kordestani / 6:30 Min / Iran

3_Ashes to Ashes (2012) - By Hamid Shams Javi  / 6:30 Min / Iran

4_Snowed Under (2010) - Michael Higgins / 3 Min / Ireland

5_Chapter 2 First Date (2011) - Michael Higgins / 7 Min / Ireland

6_Merry Christmas Farmer Brown (2011) - Michael Higgins / 4:30 Min / Ireland

7_Horses (2011) - Esperanza Collado / 2 Min / Spain

8_F (2008) - Dean Kavanagh / 6:30 Min / Ireland

9_M (2010) - Dean Kavanagh / 6:30 Min / Ireland

10_Early Hours of the Morning (2009) - Dean Kavanagh / 7:30 Min / Ireland

11_Homo Sapiens Project (5) (2011) – Rouzbeh Rashidi / 7 Min / Ireland

12_Homo Sapiens Project (9) (2011) – Rouzbeh Rashidi / 11 Min / Ireland

13_Hotel La Mirage (2010) - Maximilian Le Cain / 5:30 Min / Ireland

14_The End of the Universe as Red (2012) (Super-8 only, sound on tape) - Maximilian Le Cain / 10 Min / Ireland

Total Duration: 92 Min

More info HERE

Short film titled "Abandon" completed in Jan, '12

The film deals with various themes of decay and growth in the lives of the people in a small town.

The film was started in late 2010 but the footage was discarded. 
However, it has been completed in 2012 using various different devices.

Cast: Vanessa Kavanagh, Natalie Kavanagh, Leon Kavanagh, Greg & Robert
Camera, lenses & post-production facilities: Three Rock Media
Holga, dslr, hd vid, webcam | Colour | 16:9 | 18min44

The Last of Deductive Frames on MUBI/GARAGE

Page dedicated to the on-going experimental feature film "The Last of Deductive Frames", on

 A selection of shorts on
(as part of Experimental Film Society)

Experimental Film Society an independent, not-for-profit film production company specializing in avant-garde, independent and no/low budget filmmaking. It was founded in 2000 in Tehran, Iran. Its aim is to produce and promote films by its members. Experimental Film Society unites works by a dozen filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising, no-budget devotion to personal, experimental cinema. Experimental Film Society is responsible for rescuing and preserving many of its members’ films, which otherwise might have been lost forever. All the materials and films in this society are original and had made by EFS filmmakers. The current office of EFS is in Dublin, Ireland.

Short film "Good Evening" completed, January, 2012.

Direction, Edit & Produced by: Dean Kavanagh
Camera: Leon Kavanagh, Dean Kavanagh
Camera & post-production facilities: Three Rock Media

Holga, dslr | Colour | 16:9 | 12min

Short film "Memory Room" 
officially selected & screened  @ SOUND + VISION festival,
 'New talent Irish filmmaker showcase'
Nov 23rd. The Model, Sligo.

Cast: Neil O' Callaghan, Matthew Moynihan
dir. cam. edit. prod. Dean Kavanagh
Prod. EFS, '08.

Leaving Remodernist Film

In 2010 Dean was invited to join the Remodernist Film collective. As a movement 'remodernism' began as a part of the Stukist Art Movement and its guidelines/manifesto at the turn of the century. Jesse Richards and Harris Smith were two key people from this Art movement.

On August 27, 2008, Jesse Richards published a 15 point Remodernist Film Manifesto, calling for a "new spirituality in cinema", use of intuition in filmmaking, as well as describing the remodernist film as being a "stripped down, minimal, lyrical, punk kind of filmmaking". It has been translated into many languages across the globe, including spanish and persian.

Richard's declared that the 2009 short film "Poor Edward" by Kavanagh to be a remodernist film.
Watch 'Poor Edward' 

In late 2010 Richards called for a collaborative feature film to be made in response to the Remodernist Manifesto. Beside 6 other filmmakers from around the world, Dean contributed his segment 'Detritus' to the feature.

The feature was titled "In Passing" and had it's premiere at The Quad Cinema in New York on November 13th 2011. It was officially selected for International Film Festival Manhattan.

Now that his work on the film "In Passing" is complete, Dean has officially withdrawn from Remodernist Film.

"Detritus" segment (In Passing) 2011

Official trailers, reviews of 'Remodernism' in Australia's "FilmInk" magazine and a review of "In Passing" from "Senses of Cinema" can be found here:

Short film "Light From An Old Town" completed in August 2011

Cast: John Curran, Shane Vernon
Direction, Camera, Edit & Produced by: Dean Kavanagh
Camera, Lenses & post-production facilities: Three Rock Media

DSLR | Colour | 17min | 2011

On location stills from "Last Sunday" Shoot, June 2011

Above from left: Leon Kavanagh, Dean Kavanagh

above from left: Dean Kavanagh, Natalie Kavanagh

above: Natalie Kavanagh

above from left (cast & crew): Leon Kavanagh, Dean Kavanagh, Natalie Kavanagh.

Short film "Last Sunday" completed in June 2011

Cast: Leon Kavanagh, Natalie Kavanagh
Direction, Camera, Edit & Produced by: Dean Kavanagh
Camera, lenses & post-production facilities: Three Rock Media

HD | Colour | 10min | 2011

Film school project "November" - Officially selected for Galway Film Fleadh 2011.

above from left: John Curran (producer), Johnny Allen, Leon Kavanagh, Dean Kavanagh (director)

Cast: Simon Fogarty, Elizabeth McGrath, Cate MacGabhann, 
James Martinez, Tom Arkins, Bailey Hayden.
DIT '11

Short film "The Distance" completed October 2010

Cast: Leon Kavanagh
Special thanks to: Alice Kavanagh
Director, Camera, Edit & Producer:  Dean Kavanagh
HD | Colour | 11min