Friday, December 04, 2020

Book Launch – Luminous Void: Twenty Years of Experimental Film Society

Book Launch – Luminous Void: Twenty Years of Experimental Film Society edited by Rouzbeh Rashidi, Maximilian Le Cain & Atoosa Pour Hosseini

Special guest speaker: Adrian Martin

Saturday December 12th, 6.30pm

Free but ticketed online event. Tickets available at:

Project Arts Centre presents the online launch of the book Luminous Void: Twenty Years of Experimental Film Society, a volume celebrating the twentieth anniversary of what has been acclaimed as “the most active, prolific and intrepid group of experimental filmmakers working in Ireland today” (aemi). The book’s editors, Experimental Film Society (EFS) filmmakers Rouzbeh Rashidi, Maximilian Le Cain and Atoosa Pour Hosseini, will introduce the event, discussing the publication as well as the wider history of EFS. The centerpiece of the evening will be a talk by world-renowned film critic and Luminous Void contributor Adrian Martin. It will be followed by a screening of EFS films.

2020 marks the twentieth anniversary of the founding of Experimental Film Society, an Irish-based organisation for the production, archiving and distribution of personal, formally radical cinema. Founded by filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi, it is widely recognised as one of the most distinctive and influential voices in international underground film. EFS films conjure an intimate yet alien vision of the world through an exploratory, experiential approach to filmmaking. In blazing a unique and defiant trail through the landscape of contemporary Irish moving image, EFS has become synonymous with a stubbornly independent way of operating in complete freedom at the margins of film culture and the outer limits of cinematic creativity. The artists currently creating under the EFS banner are Rashidi, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Vicky Langan, Maximilian Le Cain, Michael Higgins, Jann Clavadetscher, Shelly Kamiel and Chris O’Neill.

Luminous Void: Twenty Years of Experimental Film Society celebrates the prolific work and achievements of this unlikely group of creative outsiders who banded together to challenge the norms and limitations of filmmaking in Ireland and beyond. Featuring contributions from noted critics and curators from across the globe, it examines the ideas and impulses that animate EFS as well as the practices of many of the filmmakers associated with it. It includes texts by Adrian Martin, Naidin Mai, Matt Packer, Pluck Projects, Sebastian Wiedemann, Sarah Hayden & Paul Hegarty, Azadeh Jafari, Vahid Mortazavi, Zulfikar Filandra and expert EFS scholar Nikola Gocić. These writings provide a guidebook to the imposingly vast ‘luminous void’ of Experimental Film Society cinema.

Adrian Martin is a world-renowned film critic and theorist who has been hailed as “one of the most imaginative and creative of film writers. He has been in love with the cinema for going on 50 years, and his texts often challenge boundaries between criticism, theory and creative writing” (Moving Poems). He is Adjunct Associate Professor in Film Culture and Theory at Monash University. His work has appeared in many magazines, journals and newspapers around the world. He creates audiovisual essays in collaboration with Cristina Álvarez López. His most recent book is Mysteries of Cinema (Amsterdam University Press, 2018). He has contributed audio commentaries to over sixty DVD/Blu-ray releases including for the BFI, Arrow and Masters of Cinema labels. 

Sunday, November 22, 2020

PERSONAL GROWTH @ Blue Danube Film Festival

The Langan / Le Cain film Personal Growth is part of the Blue Danube Film Festival experimental programme, where viewers in Hungary and Austria can access it online until November 29th:  

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Langan / Le Cain Night @ TUSK Festival


The wonderful TUSK Festival hosted an online programme of three Langan / Le Cain films last September 30th featuring Personal Growth, Brine Twice Daily and Play Ground. We were thrilled to be part of this event.

EFS @ Kino Armata, Kosovo

Two programmes of Experimental Film Society films will be screening at Kino ARMATA in Pristina, Kosovo on 19th and 20th of November 2020. ARMATA is a public space in Prishtina, Kosovo, that promotes alternative culture and social dialogue. 

PROGRAM ONE: Luminous Void: Docudrama By Rouzbeh Rashidi (2019, 71 Minutes)

Luminous Void: Docudrama is a documentary like no other. Starting with the bizarre practices and fantasies of a group of filmmakers working under the label Experimental Film Society, it spins off into a manifesto of light and sound. This dazzling journey through a view of cinema as cosmic ritual and erotic delirium is also an idiosyncratic celebration of the medium itself. Rouzbeh Rashidi’s ornate visual style unleashes a parade of visionary scenes that redefine movie magic as a fevered hallucination.

PROGRAM TWO: EFS Short Films (65 Minutes)

1_I Wake Up Screaming By Chris O’Neill (2019) / 10mins / Ireland

Chris O’Neill continues his series of found footage inquiries into the haunting power of the cinematic image with I Wake Up Screaming. Images from a little-seen and underrated masterpiece of 1970s genre cinema are twisted and distorted into an unrecognisable new vision. This assault on the senses is heightened by an intense soundtrack from Texas-based rock ‘n’ roller Gabbie Bam Bam.

2_I’m Not a Doctor (2019) By Michael Higgins / 3mins / Ireland

A glimpse in between two frames that ignite under the pressure of a gunpowder spark.

3_Personal Growth (2019) By Vicky Langan / Maximilian Le Cain / 24mins / Ireland

A Super-8 film that conveys the haunting charge of a privately made home movie of great significance to its creators but unsettlingly mysterious to viewers. Its grainy, black and white texture vividly renders the elemental coastal seascapes where it was filmed. Langan & Le Cain appear as a couple who inhabit this wild terrain as if it were a domestic arena.

4_The Underworld (2019) By Jann Clavadetscher / 17mins / Ireland

This hallucinatory trip through the psychedelic recesses of science fiction begins in the flickering bowels of the earth. An explorer played by Cillian Roche undergoes a bizarre mutation in which cinema itself might possibly play a part. Clavadetcsher’s gorgeous 16mm colours and dazzlingly intense editing are underscored by a characteristic lightness of touch.

5_Antler (2018) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / 15mins / Ireland

Pour Hosseini’s work with Super-8 conjures a mysterious territory that exists between memory, subjective perception and the objective materiality of the filmed image. Antler pushes deeper into this realm, seamlessly combining archival footage of animals and reptiles in their habitats with newly filmed material of the artist and an assistant at work in a botanical garden.

Friday, August 14, 2020

PERSONAL GROWTH @ Still Voices Film Festival


Personal Growth, the latest Langan/Le Cain film, is screening as part of the official selection of the Still Voices Film Festival. It can be streamed for free today, August 14th:

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Making Experimental Cinema: An Online Course in Experimental Filmmaking


Making Experimental Cinema

A Six-Week Online Evening Course with Maximilian Le Cain
7pm – 9pm, Tuesday Evenings from September 15th to October 20th
€250 (€100 deposit to secure a place – numbers strictly limited)

Maximilian Le Cain is an internationally noted experimental filmmaker. He is closely associated with Experimental Film Society (EFS), an acclaimed company dedicated to the production of formally radical, personal cinema that has been hailed as “the most active, prolific and intrepid group of experimental filmmakers working in Ireland today” (aemi). Le Cain brings more than two decades of experience of making, screening and writing about experimental film to this unique course. It explores the exciting possibilities of creating experimental cinema in the 21st century, a time of unprecedented accessibility to moving image technology and its vast creative potential.

Making Experimental Cinema is ideal for artists and independent filmmakers who are developing their moving image practice, although it is open to anyone with an interest in the subject. It will be delivered as six themed sessions covering such topics as personal approaches to filmmaking, the use and significance of different moving image formats and materials, the relationship between fact and fiction, and the varied approaches to performance in experimental cinema. These will be explored using many and varied examples from across film history but the work of EFS will be a constant point of reference throughout. There will also be a dedicated session on EFS as both a theoretical example of alternative filmmaking and a practical model of underground film production and distribution. Every session will allow ample time for discussion of the topics covered. Each participant will also have the option of a one-on-one mentoring session in which they can discuss any aspect of their work with Le Cain.

Making Experimental Cinema will be delivered via Zoom. Numbers are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

To book a place or for further information, please email Max at

Maximilian Le Cain has created a prolific body of experimental moving image work including features, shorts, installations and film-related performances. He frequently collaborates with Vicky Langan. Inside, their 2017 feature film, was recently acquired for the Arts Council Collection. He is affiliated with Experimental Film Society, a Dublin-based company dedicated to the production and distribution of experimental cinema. He is also a film programmer and critic. In 2017, he co-edited the book Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents, a history of Experimental Film Society, and has recently written for and co-edited a second volume due to be published in late 2020. He holds an MA in Art & Process from Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork.
Experimental Film Society (EFS) is an Irish-based organisation for the production, archiving and distribution of personal, formally radical cinema and related art. It was founded in 2000 by Rouzbeh Rashidi who was then and is still the main driving force behind it. EFS rejects mainstream conventions of filmmaking and adopts an exploratory, experiential approach that foregrounds mood, atmosphere, visual rhythms, and the sensory interplay of sound and image. Often uncanny and unsettling, EFS work is deeply engaged with film history. It conjures an alien, outsider vision of the world capable of both alienating and renewing perception. Over the past twenty years, it has produced more than fifty feature films and some five hundred shorts.

Friday, August 07, 2020

121 - New Film Collaboration with Aisling O Connell

Delighted to announce that Aisling O Connell and l have completed 121, a 28-minute experimental film collaboration built around an intuitive 'call and response' process. The outcome is a mysterious collage of personal imagery adrift on tides of obsession. Watch this space for announcements of future screenings!

Saturday, July 25, 2020


Very happy to announce that the most recent Langan / Le Cain film Personal Growth will screen as part of the official selection at the wonderful ECRÃ Film Festival. This year ECRÃ is online and will be streaming August 20th-30th. See the full programme here: