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.


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