Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Reaction to NIGHT REGULATION

Reactions have been coming in to my recently completed short Night Regulation (view here). As usual, Dean Kavanagh was particularly startling and eloquent in his kind response, which I have published below.

(PS: For the record, I found New York generally charming, having encountered many nice people and much fine food on my recent visit there. Any 'apocalypse' is, as usual, entirely my own...)


It was as, you said, your 'New York film'- but it is a history piece too. I felt so compressed watching it, as if drifting through the NY of olde, seeing the pavements, the structures through the gritty, sulphuric black & white, moments of illness (extreme colour). I found it very interesting that, at least in my mind, the use of colour here wasn't a signal or anything (in the same way it wasn't in Damp Access), it wasn't a climax in any way- that was what was so upsetting, it arrived after an extreme fully manifested 'moment'- sometimes of pure gloom and revealed something new- as if one were hearing the sound of flies popping, crackling and dying, followed by being shown the carcasses with the glow of an electric blue light, the smouldering bodies revealed through smoke in an illness of colour. It affected me a lot.

Completely apocalyptic, the drone of the warning sirens, the 'everything must go' sales, the rotten streets. Life only seen through into the shadows (Vicky entering the apartment complex or the camera gliding through the dark into the LED space with the voices of people, then out the other side- such a wonderful homage to Zulawski perhaps?). It seems life has hidden itself from the streets, it is ashamed, and the camera like a war-reporter takes to the asphalt to see what is left. And what is there left? New York seems lost, just utterly wasted away, an elephant graveyard; the bodies of old starlets like Gena Rowlands, or that girl from Permanent Vacation reduced to concrete statues, not like old Greek statues (the daughter of Zeus, or Venus De Milo etc) but like the bodies found after Hiroshima or Pompeii. It felt as if your presence there was like that of a ghost, walking through the streets, revealing the places perhaps where all the great films were made (that shot of Vicky with sunglasses near the bins was a like a note to Ferrara). The smoke and then the sounds of the water and the traffic and the occasional distorted and slowed few seconds repeat of a police siren, as if the past was reaching the present or vice versa.

When the darkness falls, and the lights come out, that's when things got very scary. Parts of the city light up, like old nests- traffic ratcheting its way in dark, grey swarms towards the dying hive. What was most striking was that the film was even darker in the daylight scenes... It really felt like New York at the end of the 1970's (the long shot of the bridge and buildings with boat and skyline). Beautiful.

What was so worrying was the solar panels reaching out blocking the old buildings, as if the drowning creature was trying anything for one last breath. And finally the last scene, with you in the bathtub and that humming sound, just complete claustrophobia, not from the small room, the tub, city itself or the atmosphere, but the history or what little of it is left.

Monday, July 28, 2014

NIGHT REGULATION Online

My new video, Night Regulation is now online. Video diary as Film Noir. In NY! And starring Vicky Langan...

https://vimeo.com/101816759

Thursday, July 24, 2014

EFS Programme in Brazil

Tangled and Far will play as part of an Experimental Film Society programme in the Fronteira - International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival in Brazil: 


A programme of Experimental Film Society will be screening at Fronteira - International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival. The first edition of FRONTEIRA - International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, runs from the 30th of August to September 7th in Goiânia, Goiás - Brazil. FRONTEIRA is dedicated to films that resist to predominant ways of cinematographic language, questioners of prefabricated views of the world that offers new ways of seeing, thinking and experimenting the reality. The idea is reunite unseen films in Goiás and most of times unseen in Brazil, from a various places, in a significant panorama of the contemporary worldwide and Brazilian film.

Special thanks to Toni D’Angela & Rafael Castanheira Parrode
More info HERE and HERE
Complete programme and line-up HERE

Saturday, July 19, 2014

CLOUD OF SKIN Teaser

De LUX Edition

Some news just in:

LUX Moving Image will distribute Absences and (Im)possibilities as a touring programme of Irish experimental film to their exhibitors. Absences and (Im)possibilities, is a programme of experimental Irish film curated by the Experimental Film Club, commissioned by Irish Film Institute (IFI), supported by Culture Ireland. The programme features a selection of films from 1897 to 2013, chosen for their relation to the possibility of an Irish experimental cinema. From Experimental Film Society, the programme includes films by Maximilian Le Cain, Dean Kavanagh, Michael Higgins, Esperanza Collado and Rouzbeh Rashidi. For complete information, list of films and hiring please visit here.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Operation Rewrite Interview

A recent interview with Operation Rewrite at Tabakalera, San Sebastian, Spain, on the occasion of our recent performance there. For those who understnd Spanish or who, like me, occasionally pretend to:

http://vimeo.com/100091228

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Expansion of the Microscope

More Indiegogo action! Another very worthy campaign running at the moment, to help with the expansion of New York's wonderful Microscope Gallery. Please consider supporting!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

It's Happening: CLOUD OF SKIN

 For the past few months, a major project has been brewing, a feature film called Cloud of Skin.

I've launched an Indiegogo campaign to finance it:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cloud-of-skin

And we're also Twittering and Tumbling:

https://twitter.com/cloud_skin
http://cloudofskin.tumblr.com/

Here's the pitch:

Cloud of Skin is a love story with hints of science fiction. It concerns three main characters, all of which are gifted with visionary powers that prevent them from settling to a normal existence, leading instead rootless, wandering lives. In previous films such as Private Report (2009) and Areas of Sympathy (2013), I’ve used vague genre plot set-ups from which to build collage-like structures that tap into the characters’ states of mind directly rather than unfolding as a linear story. Cloud of Skin will elaborate on this poetic approach to the material, treating the film as three overlapping inner visions. 

Landscape and atmosphere will be crucial, a brooding, wintry vision of Ireland that will combine post-industrial spaces with urban edgelands and timelessly bleak countryside. The film’s visual texture will also vary, to highlight the different characters’ subjective perceptions. Although it will be shot primarily on DSLR, there will also be sections shot on Super-8, DV and even VHS. 

Cloud of Skin will be produced by Experimental Film Society, Dublin. Rouzbeh Rashidi, head of EFS, will co-produce and bring his overall filmmaking expertise to the project as technical consultant.

The two lead roles will be played be actors I’ve already collaborated with fruitfully on previous projects. The male lead is Dean Kavanagh, the Wicklow-based actor and filmmaker with whom I worked on Forbidden Symmetries (2014). And the main female role will be taken by Cork-based actress Eadaoin O’Donoghue. The section of the collaborative feature Weird Weird Movie Kids Do Not Watch The Movie (2013) that I directed was built entirely around her performance. Newcomer to the screen Siannon O’Neill will round out the cast.

Sound is a crucial part of my filmmaking. I seldom use synch-sound, creating instead artificial soundscapes to root my images in. Cloud of Skin will be a departure for me in that I’ve relinquished this task and invited composer Karen Power to create the sound for this film. Amongst her many other accomplishments, she collaborates with me on the ongoing expanded-cinema performance project Gorging Limpet.