Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tomorow is the Big Night!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"EFS Is..."

Read Julius Richard's extraordinary review of Pantalla Fantasma 4, now translated into English, to find out...

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mongolian Barbecue @ Xcèntric

I just belatedly discovered that The Mongolian Barbecue (2009) played last month as part of 'Absences and (Im)possibilities', the touring programme of Irish Experimental Cinema, at Xcentric, the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona's cinema. Details here.  

Friday, March 20, 2015

EFS Publications

EFS Publications is a new project spearheaded by Rouzbeh Rashidi, Dean Kavanagh and myself. It is an online film journal that will be constantly updated as material comes in. It will mix writing by and on EFS 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, March 19, 2015

Julius Richard on PF4

Julius Richard has written a truly extraordinary review of the 4th edition of Pantalla Fantasma which includes what is certainly the most imaginative writing done to date on Experimental Film Society. It can be read here in Spanish. An English version will follow soon.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Paddy's Day in Portland

With thanks to Benjamin Popp of Repressed Cinema.

(Photo: @jusukreet)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

EFS @ Repressed Cinema, Portland

If you happen to be be in Portland, Oregon, USA this Paddy's night, you will find the Irish-based contingent of Experimental Film Society gloriously misrepresenting the Nation by way of a programme of films to be screened as part of the Repressed Cinema screening series at Hollywood Theatre.

The programme:
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.

Monday, March 09, 2015


Bouquet will play as part of a programme of seven Irish experimental films at the launch of MEx 15. MEx15 is a Symposium and exhibition launching the new national database of Irish Artists Moving Images. It will take place on March 23rd 2015 at Iontas Building, North Campus, Maynooth University. 2.00-7.30pm.

Symposium programme will include:

A screenings of 7 shorts from 1930 to 2014
A screenings of 7 contemporary shorts made in 2014
A lively intervention by Kate Strain- curator.
A mediated debate with guest speakers
A food and wine reception.
The opening of the MEx15 exhibition.
MEx15 will showcases a wide range of work produced by Irish artists. The exhibition draws from the MEx Index.

To book:

Friday, March 06, 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 me:  

Thursday, March 05, 2015

EFS in Bologna

67-69-Take 5 will play as part of this upcoming programme in Italy:

A programme of Experimental Film Society will play at Kinodromo Bologna, Italy on 16th March 2015 7:30PM. This programme of short films provides a cross section of the work of current EFS members. It will be presented by Rouzbeh Rashidi, head of EFS, and filmmaker Dean Kavanagh, who will also be on hand to answer questions after the screening.

1_Luminosity (1) (2013) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / Ireland / 5mins
2_Canvas Eye (2014) By Jann Clavadetscher / Ireland-Italy / 12mins
3_W.E (2013) By Bahar Samadi / France / 5mins
4_Pitpony (2014) By Jason Marsh / UK / 3:30mins
5_The Illuminating Gas (2012) By Esperanza Collado / Spain / 7:30mins
6_Murder (2014) By Michael Higgins / Ireland / 5mins
7_Friends with Johnny Kline (2015) By Dean Kavanagh / Ireland / 17:30mins
8_67-69-Take 5 (2015) By Maximilian Le Cain Ireland-Spain / 14mins
9_Homo Sapiens Project (150) (2013) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / Ireland / 36mins

Total Running Time: 104 Minutes

More info HERE & HERE

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Wild-screen This Weekend

Vicky Langan and I are looking forward to spending next weekend in Connemara at Wild-screen, a very unusual screening event. Our Dirt (2012) and Contact (2011) will be shown. In addition, the accompanying book All Mountains Begin On The Ground to which we both contributed will be launched. Vicky will be DJ-ing at the launch and I'll be participating in Katherine Waugh's panel discussion entitled 'A Wilderness of Elsewheres'. Wild-screen is... 

...a site-specific contemporary art screening featuring a range of international artists working in film as an art medium. Wild-screen is created by artists Louise Manifold and Úna Quigley.

Through presenting the works in an unusual installation context outside the more expected urban venues and using such sites to platform a critical engagement, the event aims to explore and challenge ideas around wilderness, wildness and the cinematic sublime.

On the 7th and 8th March 2015 audiences will be invited to take a pilgrimage into the epic landscape of Connemara for a weekend event. The event will centre on the screening of the artists films over two days. The audience will experience exciting experimental film works from Irish and international artists in an industrial space, the Inagh Hatchery designed by Irish modernist architects Scott Tallon and Walker.

Situated in a secluded location in the epic Inagh Valley, the artists Quigley and Manifold have responded to the site of Connemara, one of last wildernesses left in Ireland, in terms of the artists they have invited to screen their films, alongside their own new works that they filmed in Connemara as part of the project.