Tuesday, 30 September 2014

HSP (186) Complete



HSP (186) a collaboration between Rouzbeh Rashidi and Dean Kavanagh is now complete










EFS at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (II)




Monday 24th November, 6pm

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (Studio 6 Open), 5-9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
 Free admission, all welcome.

(above: Hamid Shams Javi's "The Hell With It")

The second of six bi-monthly Experimental Film Society (EFS) screenings, taking place at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios under the Studio 6 Open programme, highlights the reach and stylistic diversity of EFS’ international membership. Bahar Samadi’s haunting, gem-like videos make very personal use of found footage to evoke a mysterious sense of loss and memory. Jason Marsh’s "Pitpony" and Esperanza Collado’s "The Illuminating Gas" both explore the raw materiality of celluloid but with contrasting approaches to rhythm. An emphasis on hypnotic rhythm and a willingness to tackle darkly erotic material characterizes the two collaborative pieces in the programme, Dean Kavanagh & Rouzbeh Rashidi’s "Homo Sapiens Project (183)" and Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain’s "Desk 13". And the darkness continues into Hamid Shams Javi’s surreal nightmare vision of family life in contemporary Iran, "The Hell With It". 

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.


Les Yeux Disparus (2012)
By Bahar Samadi / France / 10mins
W.E (2013) 
By Bahar Samadi / France / 5mins
Pitpony (2014)
By Jason Marsh / UK / 4mins
The Illuminating Gas (2012)
By Esperanza Collado / Spain / 7:30mins
Homo Sapiens Project (183) (2014)
By Rouzbeh Rashidi/Dean Kavanagh / Ireland / 21mins
Desk 13 (2011)
By Maximilian Le Cain/Vicky Langan / Ireland / 8mins
The Hell With It (2014)
By Hamid Shams Javi / Iran / 29mins



Total Running Time: 85mins



More info HERE



Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Making Light of It



Jann Clavadetscher & Dean Kavanagh
(during EFS artist residency at The Guesthouse, 2013)

Images by Jann Clavadetscher 



Saturday, 20 September 2014

EFS @ "Sessões do Udigrudi" São Paulo





A programme of Experimental Film Society will be screening as part of "Sessões do Udigrudi" at
Image and Sound Laboratory of State University of CampinasSão Paulo Brazil on
Tuesday 7th October 2014 at 19:00 pm.


Last Phase (2014)
By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / Ireland / 2mins (Guest Artist)
Kish (2014)
By Jann Clavadetscher / Switzerland / 8mins 
W.E (2013)
By Bahar Samadi / France / 5mins
On The Way (2013)
By Bahar Samadi / France / 3mins 
The Hell With It (2014)
By Hamid Shams Javi / Iran / 29mins 
Pitpony (2014)
By Jason Marsh / UK / 4mins 
The Last of Deductive Frames (scene 9) (2013)
By Dean Kavanagh / Ireland / 10mins
Homo Sapiens Project (126) (2013)
By Rouzbeh Rashidi / Ireland / 10mins  
Night Regulation (2014)
By Maximilian Le Cain / Ireland-USA / 25mins 
The Illuminating Gas (2012)
By Esperanza Collado / Spain / 7:30mins 
Funnel Web Family (2013)
By Michael Higgins / Ireland / 14mins

Total running time: 117 Minutes

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 in Tehran, Iran by Rouzbeh Rashidi and has been based in Dublin, Ireland since 2004. It unites works by a dozen filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished 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. Although an international organization, Experimental Film Society is notably at the centre of a new wave of Irish experimental filmmaking and crucial in fostering a radical emerging Iranian underground cinema. This programme encapsulates the range and vision of its members’ work.

Programmed by Rouzbeh Rashidi


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