Saturday, 18 April 2015

EFS Video On Demand




Over the past five years, four prolific underground filmmakers have emerged to define a new and distinctive visionary strain of filmmaking in Ireland. Under the banner of Experimental Film SocietyRouzbeh RashidiDean KavanaghMichael Higgins and Maximilian Le Cain have forged a defiantly personal and marginal cinema that is fast becoming recognized as "an important new direction" (Donal Foreman, Estudios Irlandeses- Read HERE) in Irish film. Sharing an exploratory approach to filmmaking where films emerge from the interplay of sound, image and atmosphere rather than traditional storytelling techniques, their work has been singled out for its radical formal qualities and poetic sensibility. Made with low or, most often, no budgets, this is filmmaking at its most challenging and independent. 

Now, for the first time, their archive of forty-three feature and medium length films is available on VOD to stream or download. Explore this unique catalogue of work HERE.

Trailer HERE

Any proceeds from the online rental or sale of these films will go towards funding future Experimental Film Society projects.

About the filmmakers:


Rouzbeh Rashidi

Rouzbeh Rashidi is an Iranian filmmaker based in Dublin. He has been making films since 2000 when he founded the Experimental Film Society in Tehran. Since then, he has worked completely apart from any mainstream conceptions of filmmaking. He strives to escape the stereotypes of conventional storytelling and instead roots his cinematic style in a poetic interaction of image and sound. He generally eschews scriptwriting, seeing the process of making moving images as exploration rather than illustration. His work is also deeply engaged with film history. Spooool (Read HERE) acclaimed his recent feature Ten Years in the Sun, premiered at this year's Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF), as "a bold and unconventional film… One of the standout films from this year's JDIFF". 



Dean Kavanagh

Dean Kavanagh is an independent experimental filmmaker from Wicklow, Ireland. He became a member of the international filmmaking collective Experimental Film Society in 2008. Since then he has completed over 50 short films and 5 at feature length, which have been screened worldwide. His work is intensely visual, creating detailed atmospheres that respond to the interaction between space, time and the human body. Rural and domestic themes diaphanously sheath a rigorously formalistic interplay between sound and image.



Michael Higgins

Dublin based Michael Higgins has been making films for ten years. He is interested in using the filmmaking process to rupture the reality of the everyday, bringing to light alternative ways of seeing and experiencing. He has recently premiered his ninth feature film, At One Fell Swoop.



Maximilian Le Cain

Maximilian Le Cain is an experimental filmmaker based in Cork, Ireland. He makes cinematic ruins that tear themselves apart as they are put together. He frequently works in partnership with sound/performance artist Vicky Langan. He also has collaborative projects with Esperanza Collado (Operation Rewrite) and Karen Power (Gorging Limpet). He is currently completing post-production on the feature film Cloud of Skin.



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 eight filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema. 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.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun


Read the full article by Dean Kavanagh on Rouzbeh Rashidi's latest feature film

The film will have its World Premiere on Friday March 27th, 8PM
 @ Lighthouse Cinema as part of the 
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival








Friday, 20 March 2015

EFS Publications

"EFS Publications" is a new project spearheaded by Maximilian Le Cain, Dean Kavanagh and Rouzbeh Rashidi. It is an online film journal that will be constantly updated as material comes in. It will mix writing by and on Experimental Film Society members with reflections on filmmaking and cinema past and present by an international array of writers. We hope that in time it will become a lively and diverse site for thinking, dreaming and discussing cinema and constantly questioning its limits.





Thursday, 12 March 2015

EFS @ Repressed Cinema Portland



A programme of Experimental Film Society will play at The Hollywood Theatre as part of Repressed Cinema
Tuesday, March 17th 2015 at 7:30pm  4122 NE Sandy Boulevard Portland, OR 97212. 



Repressed Cinema presents works by five members of the Experimental Film Society:


Homo Sapiens Project (157) by Rouzbeh Rashidi 
Homo Sapiens Project is an ongoing series of varied short films that provides, first and foremost, a laboratory for experimenting with cinematic forms. The range of works produced consists of everything from ‘sketches’ to fully finished and polished films.
HSP (157) is a medium-length film that unleashes the sinister atmospheres lurking in an apparently idyllic rural environment.

Funnel Web Family by Michael Higgins 
A prying look at the creatures that inhabit a home.

The Distance by Dean Kavanagh 
A young man recalls a fishing trip from his childhood, but he is not sure if they are his memories.

Dirt by Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain 
A phantasmagoric mélange of live performances and elements of gothic horror, resulting in a
haunting, intense and sometimes humorous portrait of Langan as performer. 

More info HERE & HERE




Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Gianluca Pulsoni on Kavanagh, Rashidi & Le Cain



To tie in with the upcoming EFS screening in Bologna, Gianluca Pulsoni has written an informative
 piece on Dean Kavanagh, Rouzbeh Rashidi and Maximilian Le Cain.

Read HERE

Info about the screening on 16th March 2015 HERE