Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Most Beautiful Cinemas in Ireland

Images from a memorable visit with Dean Kavanagh and Anja Mahler to the most beautiful cinemas in Ireland: Roy Spence's Excelsior and Noel Spence's Tudor. These private cinemas have been lovingly hand crafted in the image of '50s picture palaces. While there, we were privileged to delve deep into Roy Spence's filmography and watch many titles from his five decades of resolutely independent filmmaking. His horror and science fiction movies were particularly inspiring, including short masterpieces such as The Testament of Caleb Meeke (1969), The Beast of Druid's Hill (1971) and Homunculus (1977).  

(Photographs by Anja Mahler)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jake Barningham Screening @ The Guesthouse, Cork

Experimental Film Society presents
a Screening of Videos by

Tuesday, March 28th, 8pm
The Guesthouse, Cork
Programme introduced by Maximilian Le Cain

Experimental Film Society is delighted to present the first Irish screening of experimental video artist Jake Barningham at The Guesthouse. EFS has long admired Barningham’s distinctive and haunting work with the unique textures of video that opens a ghostly space between representation and an abstract zone of electronic visual echoes. Through focusing on the raw surfaces of degraded video imagery, he dissolves details of the material world into indistinct traces occupying a mysterious afterlife of electronic dematerialisation.  

Barningham’s videos strike me, first and foremost, as studies on absence. While none suggest a narrative, in each there is a hint of an image, something almost, barely tangible, that ultimately remains elusive and transient... Yet these pixels almost ‘gather’ themselves, as if attracted to the image and attempting to ‘fill it’ in. But repeatedly, the pixels break down and scatter. While the image is partially defined by that which it is lacking – a specificity of sorts, Barningham also invites us to view the breakdown as something worthwhile in-and-of itself, as moments of pure movement, abstracted motion, the pixels themselves as unique sculptural objects.” – Daniel Gorman, Videos by Jake Barningham

I conceive the unseen world of video as a lush garden. My work isn’t image “making,” it’s almost conjuring, almost gardening. We should come up with a completely different vocabulary for this as far as I’m concerned. I’m not an editor; I’m a landscaper or a video-scaper. This is the totality of my conception of video. I want to build a palpable world for people’s thoughts to exist in. I want it to be so crystal clear that you can nearly touch it, smell it.” – Jake Barningham

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Recent Transmissions

Thanks to Strange Attractor, St. Peters, and a wonderful audience for making Recent Transmissions a memorable event...

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Indiegogo Campaign Launched to Publish Book on the History of Experimental Film Society

Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents
Experimental Film Society (EFS) is launching an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign to cover the design and printing expenses of Luminous Void, a book-length history of the Irish-based experimental film collective’s first two decades of activity.

An independent filmmaking collective that produces, screens, promotes, and archives films by its members, EFS was founded and is run by underground filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi. Rashidi has spent two years gathering and compiling material for Luminous Void, a series of essays, documents and in-depth interviews with EFS filmmakers. The content of the book is now almost ready for publication but EFS is seeking €3500 to cover the design of the book and a print run.

This fully-illustrated volume will include an introductory essay by curators Daniel Fitzpatrick and Alice Butler; an article on EFS cinema by renowned film critic Adrian Martin; an account of the history of EFS and a number of their manifestos; in-depth interviews with Rashidi and other EFS members; texts by Esperanza Collado and Maximilian Le Cain; and a statement on contemporary alternative cinema by Daniel Fawcett and Clara Pais of Underground Film Studio, a sister organisation to EFS. The look and layout of the book will be designed by typographer Borna Izadpanah. The cover will be created by Pouya Ahmadi, a noted graphic designer and former EFS member.

The work of EFS filmmakers is distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema. They have in common an exploratory approach to filmmaking, and their films foreground mood, atmosphere, visual rhythms, the interplay of sound and picture, and the nature and subjectivity of the image. These films have been widely screened in cinemas, festivals and art venues around the world.

To find out more about the campaign and the perks being offered, please visit: HERE

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

EFS vs Strange Attractor @ St Peter's, Cork

Recent Transmissions:
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 Kelly, Danny McCarthy, Irene Murphy, Mick 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 Rashidi, Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, Michael Higgins, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Dean Kavanagh, Jann Clavadetscher, Émmsen Jafari and Jason Marsh.

In partnership with Cork Film Centre.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Cloud of Skin Available on VOD

My 2015 feature Cloud of Skin is now available for rent or purchase on the Experimental Film Society Video on Demand platform.


All money received will be donated to Experimental Film Society to help fund our future endeavours. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Cloud of Skin Feature in Cork Evening Echo

Cara O'Doherty has run a feature on Cloud of Skin in the Evening Echo in advance of Tuesday's screening. Entitled 'Cain Is Very Able', it draws on an interview with me and covers the nature of experimental film, my work with actors and the process of moving from making short to feature length movies.