Experimental Film Society (EFS) filmmakers Rouzbeh Rashidi, Dean Kavanagh, Maximilian Le Cain and visual artist Atoosa Pour Hosseini will be in Berlin to introduce two programmes of short films that give an intense overview of the range and formally challenging thrust of EFS filmmaking.
Over the past five years, four prolific underground filmmakers have emerged to define a new and distinctive visionary strain of filmmaking in Ireland. Under the banner of Experimental Film Society, Rouzbeh Rashidi, Dean Kavanagh, Michael Higgins and Maximilian Le Cain have forged a defiantly personal and marginal cinema that is fast becoming recognized as "an important new direction" (Donal Foreman, Estudios Irlandeses- Read HERE) in Irish film. Sharing an exploratory approach to filmmaking where films emerge from the interplay of sound, image and atmosphere rather than traditional storytelling techniques, their work has been singled out for its radical formal qualities and poetic sensibility. Made with low or, most often, no budgets, this is filmmaking at its most challenging and independent.
Now, for the first time, their archive of forty-three feature and medium length films is available on VOD to stream or download. Explore this unique catalogue of workHERE.
"EFS Publications" is a new project spearheaded by Maximilian Le Cain,Dean Kavanagh and Rouzbeh Rashidi.It is an online film journal that will be constantly updated as material comes in. It will mix writing by and on Experimental Film Society 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.
A programme of Experimental Film Society will play at The Hollywood Theatre as part of Repressed Cinema
Tuesday, March 17th 2015 at 7:30pm 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard Portland, OR 97212.
Repressed Cinema presents works by five members of the Experimental Film Society:
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.
A programme of Experimental Film Society will play at KinodromoBologna, 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.