Friday, 1 September 2017

RIP Tobe Hooper (January 25, 1943 - August 26, 2017)

“It’s important for a movie today to do more than tell a story, you’ve got to send a physical sensation through the audience and not let them off the hook.
"I like to just make it go faster and faster and faster and pumping and pumping and banging and banging until I get… in to you. Turn the visual and sound experience into a harmonic that mesmerizes the audience, takes them right off into a hypnotic zone where they’re no longer thinking about how it’s done—they’re just there in a lucid place like those moments right before waking up. They’re just out there. Physically."

Thursday, 29 June 2017

New Langan/LeCain

"I had the pleasure of working with Maximilian Le Cain and Vicky Langan on their new project,
shot on location in the wilderness of county Kerry, Ireland".

Monday, 12 June 2017

Johnny Kline's in it for the Money

Fresh in from Johnny Kline HQ:

"The latest materialist gesture in cinema's dematerialisation"

Johnny Kline's in it for the Money

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Duration: 8min
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Negative Format:16mm
Analog intermediate: BetaSP
Digital intermediate: 2K [master format]

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Some Say Chance in The Irish Times

Catherine Sanz discusses Dean Kavanagh's reconstruction of partially lost film Some Say Chance in The Irish Times.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Some Say Chance @ Carlow Arts Festival 2017

Some Say Chance (1934), by Irish author-turned-filmmaker Michael Farrell (1899-1962), was thought to be lost until various 16mm cans containing partial rough-cuts and rushes were donated to the IFI Irish Film Archive. Filmmaker Dean Kavanagh has partially reconstructed the film using private letters and the surviving 16mm elements for a project curated by Sunniva O'Flynn of the Irish Film Institute. Some Say Chance also features Maureen O'Hara in her first screen role.

The film previously screened at the Barbican in 2016 and will have its Irish premiere at the Carlow Arts Festival on Friday June 9th, 2017. With live musical accompaniment by internationally renowned cellist Kate Ellis. 

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

EFS @ GOMA (Waterford, Ireland)

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is the subject of a weekend-long event at GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art Waterford) curated by Mick Fortune.
Taking place over June 3rd/4th.

Friday, 26 May 2017

ANIMAL KINGDOM is complete

The 4K, 6 channel 5.1 mix Digital Cinema Package for ANIMAL KINGDOM is now complete and ready for distribution. Film festival submission begins...

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Feature film ANIMAL KINGDOM now complete

"I am happy to announce that Animal Kingdom is now complete. The production ran for just under one year at locations across the east-coast of Ireland as well as central Germany. I would like to thank the Arts Council for their support as well as my terrific and dedicated cast and crew: Cillian Roche, Anja Mahler, John Curran, Jann Clavadetscher, Rouzbeh Rashidi, Maximilian Le Cain, Michael Higgins, Andrew Ennis, Leon Kavanagh, the Mähler family, Nisan Greenwich, Christian and Sinead Steele. Special thanks also to Experimental Film SocietyFilm Equipment Hire , Film Base and Crystal Media for their assistance, and to everyone who facilitated and assisted in the production of this motion picture. More details to follow."
- Dean Kavanagh, Director and Producer

EFS @ Bogotá Experimental Film Festival

Dean Kavanagh's Ornaments of the Bone (2015) will screen as part of
Experimental Film Society's programme at Bogotá Experimental Film Festival, Colombia.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

A Harbour Town - Review by CinePensieri

"...Kavanagh offers us a dazzling vision of a reality hanging both in an undefined space and  time,
in balance between the real and the imaginary."

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Abel Ferrara

"What is someone going to knock on my door and offer me: the ability to make another film? I don't need them.
My life is proof that I don't need [you] to do what I do. If there's no one to see it, I'll watch it. I don't give a fuck.
Making money is not gonna change anything about what I am, except I won't answer the door."

- Abel Ferrara

Friday, 3 March 2017

Anja Mahler's True Wholes by Alice Butler in Circa Magazine

Photo credit: Experimental Film Society

Anja Mahler and Dean Kavanagh (both pictured above) performing True Wholes at Filmbase, December 3rd 2016

Thursday, 23 February 2017

IFTA Masterclass with Martin Scorsese

Dean Kavanagh will be attending the IFTA Masterclass with Martin Scorsese" in Dublin, Saturday 25th February 2017.

Many thanks to Screen Training Ireland

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Luminous Void Book Crowdfunding

Indiegogo campaign launched to publish book on the history of Experimental Film Society and the ideas that animate it.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

EFS: Recent Transmissions - Live

Strange Attractor (live sound) / Experimental Film Society (undead images)
6-8pm, Saturday February 25th
St. Peter’s Church, North Main St., Cork

A durational, improvised live performance by Strange Attractor will take place in a space activated and transfigured by multiple projections of Experimental Film Society moving imagery. The filmmakers envision life on earth as if picked up by alien cameras and minds, and transmitted back across the universe – where Strange Attractor are ready and waiting to tune in and respond. The ensuing communion between “the finest experimental improv in the country at present” (Bernard Clarke, RTÉ Lyric FM) and “the most active, prolific and intrepid group of experimental filmmakers working in Ireland today” (aemi: artists and experimental moving image) promises to generate an unworldly intensity.
Strange Attractor is a multi-dimensional, collaborative venture that experiments with sound, movement, technology, combined media, text and found objects. Members Anthony KellyDanny McCarthyIrene MurphyMick O’Shea, David Stalling and invited guest performer cellist Eimear Reidy.
Experimental Film Society is an international film collective based in Dublin that is notably at the centre of a new wave of Irish experimental cinema. Members take an exploratory approach to filmmaking, foregrounding mood, atmosphere, visual rhythms, the interplay of sound and picture, and the nature and subjectivity of the image. Participating filmmakers: Rouzbeh RashidiVicky Langan & Maximilian Le CainMichael HigginsAtoosa Pour HosseiniDean KavanaghJann ClavadetscherÉmmsen Jafari and Jason Marsh.
In partnership with Cork Film Centre.
 More info HERE

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Animal Kingdom: 70mm Elements

Siege on the Stagecoach Trail
Acrylic on 70mm celluloid, 5K digital intermediate 

Animal Kingdom
 will feature a range of scanned elements 
including standard 8mm, super-8mm, 9.5mm, 16mm, 35mm, with the majority being 70mm.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Raúl Ruiz

"The cinema, this art of light, exists. But if it exists, it is only due to the shadow that serves it as poetic support. It is this shadow – or rather, obscurity – that allows it to build (rather in the manner of a puzzle) an edifice, mental palace or labyrinth, in which there lives a wild beast, our animal double, a felgya as the ancient Vikings named it; and this beast watches us, waits for us, and prepares to devour us.

In order to incarnate itself, the cinema, this mechanical art, makes use of a quite practical tool known as a shutter. It is this marvellous obstacle that determines how we are to be invaded by the specific penumbra which is the blackness between two frames. And here is the secret: dear friends, when we see a minute of film, we see thirty seconds of cinematic darkness. Thanks to the shutter, there is implanted in us an obscurity where we find, nourished and nurtured, a type of counter-film or parallel film composed by ourselves – and which, in traits of shadow, composes an entire world, a small world comprised of our doubles. Ferocious doubles, naturally; but also fairly well meaning, human doubles, even if they sometimes end up being rather like jokers or tricksters. Saints, some would say, while others would call them sprites; doubtless the ancient Vikings would settle the matter with their designation Hamrs.

We must thus conclude that, whenever we see a film, we in fact see two films: the one we watch, and the one that watches us. This second film (just as we speak of a Second State) is, as it happens, the very same one that we see with our own eyes, an illusion based upon the retinal ‘persistence of vision’ with which certain, misguided positivists still persist. But our second film is created in the penumbra, in some sense ‘dreamt’. Made up of panic and bliss. An agitated dream in revolt, a turbulent mirror, as certain poets distracted by the paradoxical world of quantum physics would assert. A shadow film comprised of doubles, a doubling of the very film we are in the process of watching, composed of slightly dephased lines of dialogue from the film of light, phantom-landscapes, phantom-houses,  felgyas and Hamrs.  [...]"

 from a transcript Cinema is Another Life,  a speech by Raúl Ruiz (November, 18th, 2005), translated and published on LOLA.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Cloud of Skin @ Triskel Christchurch, Cork

Maximilian Le Cain's feature film Cloud of Skin
will screen at Triskel Christchurch Cinema, Cork on January 31st, 2017