Thursday, 31 December 2015

List, You Sucker!

  1. Hard To Be A God  (Aleksei German)
  2. Brine Twice Daily (Maximilian Le Cain, Vicky Langan)
  3. Prix Suisse (Jean-Luc Godard)
  4. 11 Minutes (Jerzy Skolimowski)
  5. At One Fell Swoop (Michael Higgins)
  6. L’Ombre des femmes (Philippe Garrel)
  7. Clandestine (Atoosa Pour Hosseini)
  8. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
  9. Bargaintown (David Jazay, Judith Klinger)
  10. Sumpf (Jann Clavadetscher)

Special Mention:

The Revenant (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
Landform 1 (Stephen Broomer)
The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin)
La Sapienza (Eugène Green)
The Tribe (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy)

  1. Love (Gaspar Noe)
  2. Mia Madre (Nanni Moretti)
  3. Room (Lenny Abrahamson)
  4. The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland)
  5. The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino)
  6. Spectre (Sam Mendes)
  7. The Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas)
  8. Sicario (Denis Villeneuve)
  9. The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos)
  10. Heaven Knows What (Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie)

Favourite Events:

  • Material filme II [1976] (Wilhelm Hein) @ Plastik Film Festival
  • Open Night Cinema (Michael Higgins & Cillian Roche) @Various Abandonned Warehouses
  • Ten Years in the Sun (Rouzbeh Rashidi), World Premiere @Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
  • Cloud of Skin (Maximilian Le Cain), World Premiere@Cork Film Festival
  • Ennio Morricone: My Life in Music @3Arena
  • Mirage (2015), a performance devised by Atoosa Pour Hosseini @ ArtBox
  • OUT 1: Noli me tangere [1971] (Jacques Rivette) @Irish Film Institute
  • Things Said Once ( Esperanza Collado) @Lajevardi Gallery, Tehran, Iran
  • What The Water Said, no. 46 [2007] (David Gatten) @ Plastik Film Festival
  • The Nautilus Shutter Experiments: Part 1; The Thin Blue Line (Anja Mahler) @ UTURN, Blackchurch 

Favourite Album:

Holding Hands With Jamie (Girl Band)

Special Mention:
Tres Caballeros (The Aristocrats)

Friday, 11 December 2015

The Curse of Johnny Kline (2D) (2015)

"Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."

Produced by Experimental Film Society
Thanks to The Arts Council of Ireland

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Experimental Film Society @ Filmbase, Nov 27th

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Filmbase, Dublin. EFS will programme and present a bimonthly series of experimental cinema events at Filmbase consisting of screenings and performances by both EFS members and guest artists. The first of these, taking place on November 27th 2015, not only launches this new series but also marks the 50th EFS event since it first began programming screenings in 2011. To celebrate this double occasion Michael Higgins and Cillian Roche will be bringing the raw power of their pop-up expanded cinema project Open Night Cinema from the post-industrial margins that spawned it to the city centre for one night only. This will be followed by a drinks reception enriched by the experimental sounds of Cork-based DJ duoGlocke & Aaaa (Dave Murphy and frequent EFS collaborator Vicky Langan).

Friday November 27th 6.30pm
Tickets €7 at the door.
Filmbase, Curved Street ,Temple Bar Dublin 2.

JUNK (Michael Higgins/Cillian Roche) (6:30-7:30PM)

Inspired by Dublin's derelict industrial locations, JUNK is an immersive installation that incorporates analogue projection, a live soundscape and physical performance. JUNK will highlight and recreate in an abstract, intensely atmospheric way the recesses of these toxic environments and the characters that feed on them.

JUNK emerges from the Open Night Cinema Project. Set up in June 2015 by performer Cillian Roche and filmmaker Michael Higgins, it is a non-profit 'pop-up' film studio that lives, breathes and sleeps throughout the industrial landscapes of Dublin. It primarily feeds on cinematic events designed with characteristics of expanded cinema, experimental film and live performance. These events utilise the zone outside the projected frame in order to breathe life into the cinematic experience. Throughout the year, it has been host to a range of events that blur the lines between art installation, cinematic exhibition and live performance.

GLOCKE & AAAA DJ SET (8:00-9:30PM)

Vicky Langan and Dave Murphy spin avant junk and weirdo sounds. They are known as the duo that gave Cork Black Sun, its regular weirdo / outer limits music event which brought many renowned makers of strange sounds from around the world to play for the first time in Ireland. The same adventurous sensibility permeates their DJ sets.  

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 by Rouzbeh Rashidi. It unites works by a group of filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema.

Filmbase was founded in 1986 as a members led organization. It has supported thousands of Irish filmmakers over the years through its range of services including quality training at affordable rates, access to film funding award schemes, equipment hire and the publication of, Ireland’s first stop online for all the latest Irish film news, reviews, interviews and exclusives.

More information Here & Here

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

EFS @ Cinematheque of Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

Experimental Film Society Q&A at the Cinematheque of Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art with Esperanza Collado, Michael Higgins, Atoosa PourHosseini, Dean Kavanagh & Rouzbeh Rashidi (September 28th, 2015).

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Cloud of Skin Premiere at the 60th Cork Film Festival

Maximilian Le Cain's feature film Cloud of Skin is now complete
and will be premiering on Saturday November 7th at 12 noon in the 60th Cork Film Festival.

Screening details can be found HERE

And a new trailer can be seen HERE

Cloud of Skin

Deeply haunted by the memory of his dead lover, a man wanders through the sites of their encounters. The dead woman, a blind visionary, has transferred her perceptual powers to him as part of their undying bond. Rather than unfolding as a traditional narrative, experimental filmmaker Maximilian Le Cain’s first feature takes the form of a visually and sonically immersive fever dream. Composer Karen Power’s intense soundscapes complete this mysterious and unusual cinematic experience.

a film by Maximilian Le Cain with sound by Karen Power
starring Dean Kavanagh, Eadaoin O'Donohgue & Siannon O'Neill
executive producers: Esperanza Collado, Fergus Daly, Michael Higgins, Vicky Langan, Gianluca Pulsoni
produced by Rouzbeh Rashidi, Dean Kavanagh & Maximilian Le Cain
Experimental Film Society / Close Watch Films 2015

More info about the film HERE

Saturday, 10 October 2015

EFS in Tehran

Michael Higgins, Dean Kavanagh, Esperanza Collado and Rouzbeh Rashidi 
@ New Media Society, Tehran

Photo by Amirali Ghaff

Tuesday, 6 October 2015


"Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!"

Experimental Film Society VOD where around 50 medium and feature length films by 
Rouzbeh Rashidi, Michael Higgins, Maximilian Le Cain and Dean Kavanagh 
are waiting for you!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

3 New Short Films Completed

1) Unknown
 HD video loop, stereo, 2mins
2) Cut to the Chase
colour/B&W, Dslr, 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, 16:9, Stereo, 11mins
3) Ornaments of the Bone
 colour/B&W, 8mm, super-8mm, 9.5mm, 16mm, HD, stereo, 6mins

with thanks to The Arts Council of Ireland