Thanks to Stefano Paci
Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Sunday, 27 November 2016
Friday, 25 November 2016
Thursday, 24 November 2016
From 7pm, November 24th at the Barbican Centre, as part of Irish Film Festival London.
"Over the past month or so I have been at Irish Film Institute (IFI) attempting to re-assemble and somewhat recut a partially lost silent film which was originally shot in the early 1930s by Irish novelist and filmmaker Michael Farrell. The film is called Some Say Chance, his only film. Now with surviving 16mm elements in the form of 2 x 400ft cans of edited materials and 7 cans of rushes, which were donated to the Irish Film Archive many years ago, we have attempted to rebuild fragments of the original narrative.
The film tells the story of a young girl who is sent to a boarding school in Wicklow, she believes that her mother is dead, a lie spun by her father who is away working in Australia. Unbeknownst to the girl, her mother is indeed alive and well trawling the London pubs as a heartbroken, penniless prostitute by the name of 'Irish Moll'. Moll's pimp discovers secret letters from her estranged husband and begins to scheme. In the end the mother actually dies, the father returns and kills the pimp, and finally reunites with his daughter, freeing her from the oppressive boarding school. Unfortunately none of this happy ending has survived, and so I took delectation in wallowing in the grim, frightened and naive fragments of the film that remained. Naturally.
'Irish Moll' is played by Rita FitzSimons, who in turn got parts for her daughters, marking Some Say Chance with the first onscreen appearance of Maureen FitzSimons (later O'Hara), who in 1938 went on to star in My Irish Molly. The most fascinating element of Some Say Chance was the filming locations. It was shot on sets built in Farrell's back garden in north Wicklow, while also featuring scenes near Kilmacanogue, Bray, Kilquade, and Greystones my home town and where I shot many films over the years. Nice to see that an extreme spirit of independent filmmaking was alive in Wicklow (around the corner from my house) in the '30s.
The production was very much an amateur event, but fascinating and wonderful nonetheless, and the rolls of 'edited' material (replete with abrupt re-takes) are more akin to 'reference edits' than a completed set of sequences. Through correspondences made by the filmmaker and associates found at the National Library, we can state that the film screened at a Dublin cinema in 1934, but not in its completed state. Some Say Chance went on to screen in small venues throughout the early 1940s, presumably in a completed form until it disappeared.
Though unfortunately not a restoration project (hopefully the missing elements of the film will be discovered one day) the film now stands as a new experience gleaned from surviving elements of the original plot, with scenes expanded and shaped using rushes and additional material. I was given the freedom to create a new cut, concentrating on the surviving narrative elements, which now runs at 39 minutes. A clean 2.3K overscan was performed at Haghefilm Digitaal, Netherlands, with the edit and online taking place at IFI.
The film will screen this evening at the Barbican alongside work by Mitchell & Kenyon, R.W Paul and others, all to a live score"
- Dean Kavanagh
Full programme information
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Monday, 7 November 2016
The latest film by Rouzbeh Rashidi, Trailers, will be premiered on Sunday November 13th 2016, 20:15
at Triskel Christchurch Cinema in Cork Film Festival. Book your ticket HERE
Monday, 17 October 2016
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
As part of the TANK event at IndieCork Festival (Friday, October 14th, 8pm) Mick O’Shea (sound art) and Solamh Kelly (percussion) will play live to The Moon Is Looking For Dead Things, an exclusive presentation of a sequence from Maximilian Le Cain's section of the work-in-progress collaborative feature film Homo Sapiens Project 200.
"Morbid and decadent, this dying movie just about manages to reach out towards one final sexual fantasy before the moon flies out of the sky. Starring Dean Kavanagh and Salomé’s fevered ghost" - Maximilian Le Cain
Live sound for film performance.
Monday, 26 September 2016
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Monday, 12 September 2016
Friday, 2 September 2016
Principal photography of Animal Kingdom is underway
Behind the scenes
with Rouzbeh Rashidi & Jann Clavadetscher at Irish Film Institute, Dublin
Camera, kit and lenses: Film Equipment Hire
photographs by Jann Clavadetscher
Animal Kingdom was kindly funded by as part of the Film Project Award 2016.
Sunday, 17 July 2016
Sunday, 19 June 2016
Dean Kavanagh's Animal Kingdom enters into pre-production. Animal Kingdom will merge live action with animated elements for the creation of a feature film that melds character, object, landscape and the very tactile make-up of the film itself into one mutating, symphonic mass.
An explosive account of cinema as Witchcraft.
Animal Kingdom was kindly funded by Arts Council of Ireland as part of the Film Project Award 2016. The film will be produced by Experimental Film Society / Easter Film Group and will be completed in 2017.
Monday, 13 June 2016
Monday, 30 May 2016
Friday, 27 May 2016
A programme of Experimental Film Society will play at HISTÉRICO – ASSOCIAÇÃO DE ARTES as part of Gardunha Fest on Saturday 28th May 2016. This programme gives an overview of EFS concerns and aesthetics.
1_ Nineveh (2015)By Émmsen Jafari/ Iran / 10mins
2_Sumpf (2015) By Jann Clavadetscher / Ireland / 6mins
3_Pitpony (2014) By Jason Marsh / UK / 4mins
4_Funnel Web Family (2013) By Michael Higgins / Ireland / 14mins
5_ Cut To The Chase (2015) By Dean Kavanagh / Ireland /10mins
6_Homo Sapiens Project (161-170) (2013) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / Ireland /
7_HSP: Fragment (2015) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / Ireland / 8mins
8_Brine Twice Daily (2015) By Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain / Ireland / 20mins
Total Running Time: 82mins
Address: A Moagem - Cidade do Engenho e das Artes Largo da Estação, 6230-000 Fundão - Portugal
More info HERE & HERE