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EFS Luminous Void Experimental Film Festival

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It has arrived.

EFS presents the first edition of Luminous Void Experimental Film Festival.

I'm happy to announce Drifting Cities makes it's Dublin Premiere as part of this two-day event at The New Theatre in Dublin's Temple Bar. 
And it's not only Drifting Cities but also Inside by Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain, Kino Hospital by Jann Clavadetscher and Sisyphus Condition by Ieva Balode. Each film will be accompanied by a filmmaker Q&A. 
Maximilian Le Cain will also deliver a talk on ideas about the moving image.
Tickets are on sale HERE and are super cheap. 
Finally,  further detailed info can be found HERE

Ghoul gets World Premiere in Thailand

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A new double EFS programme in collaboration with Filmvirus Program is to be screened at the Thai Film Archive, Thailand, 3rd November 2018 includes my new short film Ghoul which will have it's World Premiere. It is a ghostly film about a man and a dog. 

Other films include Jann Clavadetscher's Universal Film, the World Premiere of Double Blind by Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, the World Premiere of Antler by Atoosa Pour Hosseini and lastly Rouzbeh Rashidi's most recent feature film Phantom Islands.
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Drifting Cities goes to FEDAXV 2018

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Drifting Cities accompanies a select few EFS feature films to Festival de Diseño Audiovisual Experimental de Valdivia, Chile from the 23rd - 25th October 2018. 
Other films include Phantom Islands (2018) by Rouzbeh Rashidi and Inside (2017) by Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain. 

Drifting Cities (2017) shows two actors playing two lovers before meeting death in a car crash. They drift through muddled memories and moments in search of one another. Italian journal CinePensieri calls the film “evanescent in the widest meaning of the term… Is it the cinema that turns into the world or vice versa? In both cases, in Drifting Cities the two elements fuse together to such an extent that it’s difficult to recognise the border between the reality and the medium that represents it”.
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Drifting Cities goes to Cámara Lúcida, Ecuador

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Delighted to announce that my most recent feature film Drifting Cities joins EFS in a programme at Camara Lucida - Encuentros Cinematograficos Film Festival in Cuenca, Ecuador at the end of July. Other films include Rouzbeh Rashidi's latest - Phantom Islands and also a collection of Atoosa Pour Hosseini's Super 8mm films. See the link below for the full programme.
Drifting Cities (2017) shows two actors playing two lovers before meeting death in a car crash. They drift through muddled memories and moments in search of one another. Italian journal CinePensieri calls the film “evanescent in the widest meaning of the term… Is it the cinema that turns into the world or vice versa? In both cases, in Drifting Cities the two elements fuse together to such an extent that it’s difficult to recognise the border between the reality and the medium that represents it”. 
TRAILER HERE

Read some more HERE See the full programme HERE 

'At One Fell Swoop I Dreamed Myself into Drifting Cities' - by Nikola Gocić

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'At One Fell Swoop I Dreamed Myself into Drifting Cities' - by Nikola Gocić features at EFSPublications.

"... the Vagabond of Experimental Film Society Michael Higgins, it is pretty easy to dream yourself into their frames (and get lost out there), to paraphrase the most sincere line of Drifting Cities (2017), especially if you are a sucker for the flickering textures of decaying analog media. However, what poses as a challenge is the process of dreaming yourself out of them, and then finding the right words to describe the phantasmagoric experience as accurately (or rather, poetically) as possible. In that regard, the following text is a modest attempt at re-dreaming two of Higgins’s longest pieces – At One Fell Swoop (2015) and his latest, abovementioned feature."
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Process! 22nd-26th March 2018

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Delighted about my new short film, ICE, to accompany Experimental Film Society to Process Film Festival in Riga.

Other EFS films within the short film programme include La Picota, Ana González, 2018, CO, 3’, HD Contact, Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, IE, 3’, HD Feed Me, Maximilian Le Cain, 2016, Ireland, 3’, HD Universal Film, Jann Clavadetscher, 2018, IE, 3’, HD Ice, Michael Higgins, 2018, IE, 5’, HD Homo Sapiens Project (161-170), Rouzbeh Rashidi, 2013, Ireland, 8’, HD Image Turned Down, Maximilian Le Cain, 2011-2014, IE/GR, 20’, Super 8mm
Other EFS events include A curated short film programme entitled FEAR curated by Rouzbeh Rashidi and Max Le Cain,  an expanded cinema performance, Refining the Senses by Atoosa Pour Hosseini, a DJ set by Vicky Langan and lastly a panel discussion on Alternative Film Communities involving Rouzbeh Rashidi, Max Le Cain and Atoosa Pour Hosseini.
Lots more information can be found HERE and HERE

The Poorhouse Revisited

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Issue #4 of FOUND FOOTAGE Magazine is out now!
Among the fantastic articles, essays and reviews The Poorhouse Revisited makes a small appearance.



The Poorhouse
In 1996 the half-hour IFB/RTÉ period drama entitled ‘Poorhouse’ was broadcast. Directed by Frank Stapleton and based on a short story by Michael Harding, the film is set during the time of Ireland’s Great Famine. The plot concerns the relationship of an elderly gravedigger and a young woman. Powerfully evoking a cultural memory of hardship and loss from 150 years previously, the film slipped into obscurity in a forward-looking era.

The Poorhouse Revisted 15 years later I discovered the discarded film rushes outdoors on the Ringsend Peninsula, Dublin. The scattered reels of decayed 16mm material - literally unearthed, consisted of some 120mins of slated scenes, re-takes and camera tests. Restored, re-worked and re-edited, the corrupted frames now resemble fragments of memories distorted through exposure to time and it’s natural …