Wednesday, July 29, 2015

This Saturday's EFS Screening: Change of Time and Venue

PLEASE NOTE: If you're coming along to the EFS screening at Open Night Cinema this Saturday, there has been a change of time and venue.

The screening will now start at 7.30pm and the new venue, an industrial building in Inchicore, Dublin, will be announced on the Open Night Cinema site.

In the meantime, this interview with Michael Higgins about the Open Night Cinema project is highly recommended.

Monday, July 20, 2015

EFS @ Open Night Cinema, Dublin


Experimental Film Society in association with Open Night Cinema will present three programmes of underground film/expanded cinema each Saturday for the first three weeks of August 2015. The programmes will be presented in a large, atmospheric, industrial space situated in Inchicore, Dublin 8.

EFS members Rouzbeh Rashidi, Dean Kavanagh, Maximilian Le Cain and Michael Higgins will specifically design, present and document each event, engaging fully with the site and the audience. The results of this documentation will emerge as part of their mammoth upcoming feature film Homo Sapiens Project 200. The goal is to employ this vortex-like space as a projection and shooting location that functions as a living organism containing the memories of a future cinema. Each of these programmes will highlight the unique aspect of the abilities that each individual filmmaker possesses and, in creating this black hole of cinema, they will exorcise the elements and atmospheres, colliding them into what will become Homo Sapiens Project 200.

 Saturday 1st August 2015 10PM:
1_Murder (2014) By Michael Higgins / Ireland / 5mins
2_Funnel Web Family (2013) By Michael Higgins / Ireland / 14mins
3_Friends with Johnny Kline (2015) By Dean Kavanagh / Ireland / 17:30mins
4_Homo Sapiens Project (97) (2012) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / Ireland / 20mins
5_Night Regulation (2015) By Maximilian Le cain /  USA-Ireland / 25mins

Saturday 8th August 2015 10PM:
Homo Sapiens Project (174, 181-199) (2014-2015) By Rouzbeh Rashidi, Dean Kavanagh & Maximilian Le cain / Ireland / 111mins

Saturday 15th August 2015 10PM:
Michael Higgins In Focus: The Illuminated Room - An expanded cinema event.

DOORS - 9PM
SHOW STARTS - 10PM
FREE ENTRY - ALL WELCOME
12 Midnight Is The Last LUAS on Saturday Nights

Address: Goldenbridge Industrial Estate, Tyrconnell Rd, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Map HERE
Open Night Cinema



Wednesday, July 08, 2015

EFS Double Bill @ Triskel This Weekend


Phantoscope, Triskel’s regular experimental film event, presents two visionary new features from members of Experimental Film Society. The wild slice of dark Irish psychedelia of Michael Higgins'  At One Fell Swoop compliments the mysterious domestic nightmare of Dean Kavanagh's Polar Nights. Filmmakers in attendance.

Saturday July 11th, 6pm
Triskel Christchurch Cinema, Tobin St., Cork
Book tickets.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

HSP 200 Underway!


Dean Kavanagh, Rouzbeh Rashidi, Atoosa Pour Hosseini and I have just finished a highly productive week-long residency at Lichtenberg Studios, Berlin. During this time Dean, Rouzbeh and I have started making serious inroads into the mammoth upcoming film project Homo Sapiens Project 200. The above still gives a flavour...

Many thanks to Uwe Jonas at Lichtenberg Studios and The Arts Council of Ireland for a travel grant that made this possible.

And, above all, a huge thank you to the amazing Michael Freerix who arranged not only the residency but the two screenings we had while in Berlin.

Monday, July 06, 2015

SPOOR Review


My review of Spoor, Natasha Bourke's wonderful recent installation, can be read here.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

BRINE TWICE DAILY: New Langan/Le Cain Work Premiering in Berlin


Brine Twice Daily, the tenth film collaboration by Vicky Langan and me, will premiere as part of an EFS double-screening in Berlin next weekend. Details on that here.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

EFS @ Phantoscope


Coming to Triskel Christchurch Cinema, Cork on Saturday July 11th at 6pm...

A knockout double bill of Michael Higgins' At One Fell Swoop & Dean Kavanagh's Polar Nights. Tickets on sale.

At One Fell Swoop (2015) by Michael Higgins

Ireland / 70 mins / Black & White

At One Fell Swoop deals with a stonemason (Cillian Roche) and his metamorphic wander through rural Ireland. In passing he slips through the film’s frames into a re-imagining of his surroundings in which he finds himself trapped on an intense cataclastic path towards a dead end. Photographed on expired 16mm black and white film and entirely hand-processed, At One Fell Swoop resembles a phantom-like film lodged amid multiple stratums of time and space. At One Fell Swoop was funded by Arts Council of Ireland.
Dublin based Michael Higgins has been making films for ten years. He is interested in using the filmmaking process to rupture the reality of the everyday, bringing to light alternative ways of seeing and experiencing. His 2013 feature Smolt won the IndieCork Award for Innovation in Irish Feature Filmmaking.
Polar Nights (2014) by Dean Kavanagh

Ireland / 61 mins / Colour

Polar Nights is a formalistic journey of image and sound that plunges viewers into the depths of the Arctic where a small town and its inhabitants live day-to-day lives in the dark. The main protagonist is perhaps the movie itself, which leads to the question of whether these characters were ever real or just delusions bleeding in from the cold.

Dean Kavanagh is an independent experimental filmmaker from Wicklow. He became a member of EFS in 2008. Since then he has completed over 50 short films and 5 at feature length, which have been screened worldwide. His work is intensely visual, creating detailed atmospheres that respond to the interaction between space, time and the human body. Rural and domestic themes diaphanously sheath a rigorously formalistic interplay between sound and image.