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


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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..."