Saturday, July 23, 2011

DESK 13 @ MisALT

Desk 13 is being screened in San Francisco this week as part of the MisALT Screening Series, curated by Tessa Siddle.

For the full lineup of this very intriguing programme, entitled 'Pornography and its Discontents', please visit:

Thursday, July 28 · 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Workspace Limited Art Studios
2150 Folsom St
San Francisco, California

Friday, July 15, 2011

EFS Screening @ Hello Operator

Two of my films, Smudge and Bouquet, will screen as part of the following programme curated by Rouzbeh Rashidi:

On July 29th, Hello Operator, Dublin, will host the first Experimental Film Society screening.

Founded and run by Dublin-based Iranian filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi, Experimental Film Society unites works by a dozen filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising, no-budget devotion to personal, experimental cinema. Mainly, but not exclusively, drawn from a diaspora of Iranian artists, Experimental Film Society is responsible for rescuing and preserving many of its members’ films, which otherwise might have been lost forever.

This programme, curated and presented by Rashidi, will feature works by all twelve Experimental Film Society members. Several of the filmmakers will also be present. Short Films by: Mohammad Nick Dell, Mahdi Safarali, Navid Salajegheh, Bahar Samadi, Jann Clavadetscher, Behzad Haki, Pouya Ahmadi, Kamyar Kordestani, Michael Higgins, Maximilian Le Cain, Rouzbeh Rashidi & Hamid Shams.

Experimental Film Society is an independent, not-for-profit film production company specialising in avant-garde, independent and no/low budget filmmaking. It was founded in 2000 in Tehran, Iran. Its aim is to produce and promote films by its members.

For a full list of Experimental Film Society members, please visit:

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Having featured in Galway's Super 8 Shots Festival last sunday, Contact has been selected by Vivienne Dick to play at the next Live@8 event in early August. Watch this space for more details...

Monday, July 11, 2011

HEREUNDER @ Hilltown

Hereunder will be playing on loop during the Hilltown New Music Festival from next Friday 15th to Sunday 17th. It looks like a very interesting festival...

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Scottish critic Tony McKibbin is one of the most brilliant writers on film that I have read. He is the most regular contributor to my magazine, Experimental Conversations. Before that, in 2006, I adapted his short story Wounds for the screen as Game of Truth. And, even before that, he was what he remains: a close and valued friend.

In fact, I was a very young man when I first met Tony and our long conversations about cinema did much to educate me: it was enough to be in the presence of such a high standard of thinking about cinema (and Tony has a fluent capacity for thinking as he is talking, a skill that is actually extremely rare) to inspire ever deeper interrogations of my medium of choice that chose me. His influence was crucial on my then-forming mind...

More than a decade later, these conversations continue, also branching off into discussions of our personal lives. Even if we cheerfully acknowledge some differences in sensibility- a Rohmerian in dialogue with a Ruizian- Tony's conversation and writing remain a singularly cherished and important part of my life, as inspiring as ever to my now, no doubt, degenerating mind...

Therefore, the appearance of, a website of Tony's writings, is exciting news indeed... Strongly recommended!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Langan & Le Cain @ The Avant

Vicky Langan and I have so far created five moving image works in our ongoing creative partnership. These will all be screened at The Guesthouse this Sunday as part of The Avant festival.

Contact (2011) sets up a dialectical relationship between a figure in an 8mm film, and the film image she inhabits. Wölflinge 17/11/’10 (2011) is a haunting visual interpretation of a performance by Langan that breaks down the boundaries between spectator and performer. Light / Sound (2010) chronicles the ghostly, sonic encounter between Langan, out hunting for sound with her recording apparatus, and an ancient 35mm projector. Hereunder (2011) is an intense, fragmented (auto)biographical portrait of Vicky, which sets her adrift amidst lockers of garden shed bric-a-brac from which she summons an ocean of sound. And Desk 13 (2011) brings a darker, more erotic aspect of our vision to the fore.

This screening takes place at the end of a day packed with performances, as well The Guesthouse's regular Sunday Lunch. Visit The Avant website for a full list of the day's events at The Guesthouse.

Many thanks to Rouzbeh Rashidi for designing our poster!

8.30 pm, Sunday, July 10th
The Guesthouse,
10 Chapel St. Shandon, Cork

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Rouzbeh Rashidi Screening @ The Avant, Cork

As part of the Avant Festival, Cork audiences will have the rare opportunity to see three of Rouzbeh Rashidi's finest and most radical shorter works in a programme which I curated and will present. This screening is a collaboration between The Guesthouse and Cork Film Centre.

The films are:

Harmony With You
Theory PAL
Theory NTSC

For more information,

7pm, Monday, July 11th
The Guesthouse,
10 Chapel St. Shandon, Cork