Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Langan / Le Cain in FILM PANIC

Vicky Langan and I are interviewed in the latest issue of Film Panic, the great Underground Film Studio magazine. To buy a copy or read the editorial, please visit:

From the editors:

In this issue of FILM PANIC Magazine we speak with six artists working across the vast landscape that is contemporary moving image. Their work ranges from experimental feature films for cinema, to multiscreen video works for gallery, to expanded cinema performances and to short films for both the small and big screen. These works are as varied and unique as the fingerprints of those that make them – what they illuminate is unique to each of them but what they have in common is an experimental and exploratory spirit, open eyes and open hearts that reveal to us the possibilities of moving image, the possibilities of creativity and even the possibilities of being human. We are excited to be joined in this issue by guest writers Nikola Gocic, David Finkelstein, Sarahjane Swan and Roger Simian.


Editorial by Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais
Interview with Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain
Interview with Sebastian Wiedemann
Interview with Kelly Richardson
Interview with Katya Yabukov
Interview with Dean Kavanagh

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Scott Barley's SLEEP HAS HER HOUSE @ Phantoscope

Phantoscope, Triskel Christchurch Cinema's quarterly experimental film event, is thrilled to be kicking off its 2019 screenings with one of the most widely acclaimed experimental features of recent years, Scott Barley's astonishing visionary masterpiece Sleep Has Her House (2017) on January 24th. Full screening details to follow soon.

The shadows of screams climb beyond the hills. It has happened before. But this will be the last time. The last few sense it, withdrawing deep into the forest. They cry out into the black, as the shadows pass away, into the ground.

In a world seemingly devoid of human beings and inhabited by only a select few animals, an undefined presence manifests, embodied as the wind. It passes through the valley, lake, and the woods, leaving only mysterious deaths in its wake. As the night creeps in, the supernatural forces at work transcend into the natural, with apocalyptic consequences.

Through long static takes, the film develops a contemplative, hypnotic experience, akin to paintings that move, mixing live action and still photography (shot on iPhone) and hand-drawn images.  

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

SCORPION'S STONE Exhibition @ GOMA, Waterford

GOMA - Gallery of Modern Art, Waterford
Opening: 6.30 pm Friday November 16th
Exhibition: November 16th - December 8th

GOMA invites you to Scorpion's Stone by Maximillian Le Cain
In this multi-screen presentation of Maximilian Le Cain’s latest work, a mysterious underworld is evoked through the aura of obscure abandoned tapes and fictionalized video diaries to reveal the traces of a full-blown B-movie serial. Sounds and images that might mean everything or nothing hover between life and death, as do the characters that drift through them. Scorpion’s Stone makes use of multiple rhythms and visual textures to repeatedly evoke and dissolve narrative traces. The result is a unique meditation on the haunting malleability of forgotten sounds and images. This Experimental Film Society production’s cast is headed by John McCarthy, Rouzbeh Rashidi and Vicky Langan, and reads like a who’s who of a particular Irish underground film scene. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

DOUBLE-BLIND in EFS @ Thai Film Archive

Two Experimental Film Society programmes are screening in collaboration with Filmvirus Program at the Thai Film Archive, Nakornpathom, Thailand, 3rd of November 2018.

EFS founder and director Rouzbeh Rashidi’s Phantom Islands (2018) exists at the boundary of documentary and fiction. Directed with Rashidi’s trademark visual intensity, it follows a couple adrift and disoriented in the stunning landscape of Ireland’s islands. Yet this deliberately melodramatic romance is constantly questioned by a provocative cinematic approach that results in a hypnotic and visceral inquiry into the very possibility of documentary objectivity.

EFS Short Film Programme:

1_Universal Film (2018) By Jann Clavadetscher (4min, 2018, Ireland)
2_Ghoul (2018) By Michael Higgins (8min, 2018, Ireland) *World Premiere*
3_Double Blind (2018) By Vicky Langan / Maximilian Le Cain (36min, 2018, Ireland) *World Premiere*
4_Antler (2018) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini (15min, 2018, Ireland) *World Premiere*

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Luminous Void Experimental Film Festival

Luminous Void Experimental Film Festival

Fri November 30th / Sat December 1st 2018
The New Theatre, 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
*Tickets On Sale Now HERE* (Festival pass €20)

View full screening details.

Please visit the Facebook event for the updates here.

Experimental Film Society will present the first edition of the Luminous Void Experimental Film Festival in partnership with The New Theatre this November. This two-day event, taking place in Dublin’s Temple Bar, will showcase recent work by filmmakers associated with Experimental Film Society.

Films to be featured are Inside (Vicky Langan/Maximilian Le Cain), Drifting Cities (Michael Higgins), Kino Hospital (Jann Clavadetscher) and Sisyphus Condition (Ieva Balode). Filmmaker and critic Maximilian Le Cain will deliver an artist’s talk that will use his recent work as a springboard to explore wider ideas about the moving image in the current historical moment. Each screening will be accompanied by a Q&A.

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is an Irish company dedicated to the production and distribution of experimental cinema that grew out of the Experimental Film Society collective. It was founded and is run by Rouzbeh Rashidi. It creates radical, visually intense films that are distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, formally daring filmmaking. It is central to a vibrant new wave of Irish experimental film. The Luminous Void Festival is the most concentrated example of its longstanding commitment to screening the wayward work that emerges from its filmmakers and likeminded artists from around the world.

EFS is pleased to partner with The New Theatre in launching the Luminous Void Experimental Film Festival. Going forward, this Festival will prove as formally fluid as the work it presents. Occurring irregularly, it will welcome a wider array of filmmakers from across the globe, and film-related live performances that interrogate the nature of cinema. It is Ireland’s only festival wholly dedicated to experimental cinema, and one that has emerged organically from a grass-roots Irish-based film culture.

Monday, September 17, 2018

EGGSHELLS @ Phantoscope

The upcoming edition of Phantoscope, Triskel Christchurch Cinema's quarterly experimental film programme, ties in with a season of films by the great horror director Tobe Hooper. We're delighted to be screening Eggshells (1969), Hooper's experimental feature debut this October 17th at 6.15pm.

This psychedelic snapshot of 1960s counterculture was once believed lost and is now receiving its Irish theatrical premiere in a beautifully restored presentation. It will be accompanied by two early Hooper short films.

I'm also particularly delighted to see that the magnificent Eaten Alive (1977) is also being screened as part of the season on October 29th.

Monday, September 10, 2018

EFS @ WORM, Rotterdam

Filmwerkplaats: Experimental Film Society Programme

Wed October 31st, Doors: 20:00 (Start: 20:30, End: 23:00)
WORM, Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam €6.00

A programme of Experimental Film Society films will screen at Filmwerkplaats, WORM in Rotterdam this October.

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is a group of filmmakers dedicated to the creation of uncompromisingly personal, formally challenging filmmaking. Based in Dublin, it operates as a company for the production, archiving and promotion of films by associated artists and filmmakers. EFS filmmakers experiment with cinema and they allow it equally to experiment on them, creating richly experiential works that chart an uncomfortable territory that is at once uncannily familiar and utterly alien. This programme also features a short by The Underground Film Studio, the home of projects by filmmaking duo Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais.

Filmmaker Maximilian Le Cain will be there in person to give a quick talk and answer questions.

WORM is a physical and mental state of being that offers hangouts that offer a workable alternative to dominant cultural movements. From here they clearly state, and distribute their mission, artistic practice, and legacy. Filmwerkplaats is WORM’s own artist-run film lab. A workspace dedicated to DIY analogue practice, geared towards artists interested in film as an expressive, physical medium. Their screening programme encompasses a wide range of subject matter, showing works by members and guest-filmmakers throughout the year.

1. Universal Film (2018), Jann Clavadetscher, 4mins, Ireland
2. The Family Vault of James Hyland (2017), Michael Higgins, 14mins, Ireland
3. INT. LANDSCAPES (2018), Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais, 9mins, Ireland/Portugal
4. Refining the Senses (2017), Atoosa Pour Hosseini, 12mins, Ireland/Switzerland
5. Homo Sapiens Project (161-170) (2013), Rouzbeh Rashidi, 8 min, Ireland
6. Brine Twice Daily (2015), Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, 20mins, Ireland