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MURDER in Latvia on 28th November

Both MURDER and Love Me Longer played in Riga, Latvia at the Eksperimentala Kino Vakari last Saturday 28th November. Thanks to Ieva Balode for organising the event. Hopefully there's more to come. 
Love Me Longer featuring Neil Thompson

Sestdien, 28. novembrī Ieva Balode aizsāks EKSPERIMENTĀLĀ KINO VAKARUS kinoteātrī "Kino Bize" (Elizabetes 37, Rīgā) , sniedzot ieskatu eksperimentālajā kino žanrā, demonstrējot atlasītas filmu programmas un aicinot ciemos ar saviem jaunākajiem darbiem draugus no Viļņas, Berlīnes, Londonas, kas ikdienā filmas veido tieši šajā mākslinieciskās izteiksmes formātā.

Pirms pāris gadiem filmu ražotājs "Kodak" pavēstīja pasaulei, ka pārtrauks celuloīda filmu ražošanu, jo kino nozari ir pārņēmušas digitālās tehnoloģijas. Tas bija liels un skaļš paziņojums, kas nozares pārstāvjiem rosināja pārdomas par mediju, kas, iespējams, tiešām pieder aizgājušajam laikam, pagājušā gadsimta kino eksperimentiem, vēs…

At One Fell Swoop goes to RUSSIA

It's fantastic to announce At One Fell Swoop goes to the Firestone International Experimental Film Festival, Moscow, Russia for December 16th - 23rd 2015.

EFS presents JUNK

Experimental Film Society (EFS)is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Filmbase, Dublin. EFS will programme and present a bimonthly series of experimental cinema events at Filmbase consisting of screenings and performances by both EFS members and guest artists. The first of these, taking place this Friday, November 27th, not only launches this new series but also marks the 50th EFS event since it first began programming screenings in 2011. To celebrate this double occasion Michael Higginsand Cillian Roche will be bringing the raw power of their pop-up expanded cinema project Open Night Cinema from the post-industrial margins that spawned it to the city centre for one night only. This will be followed by a drinks reception enriched by the experimental sounds of Cork-based DJ duo Glocke & Aaaa (Dave Murphy and frequent EFS collaborator Vicky Langan). Friday November 27th 6.30pm
Tickets €7 at the door. 
Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar Dublin 2.


The final ONC event of 2015. 

CLOUD of SKIN by Maximilian Le Cain

I'm happy to announce CLOUD OF SKIN, a feature film by Maximilian Le Cain, is getting it's World Premiere at the 60th Cork Film Festival. You should go.

Deeply haunted by the memory of his dead lover, a man wanders through the sites of their encounters. The dead woman, a blind visionary, has transferred her perceptual powers to him as part of their undying bond. Rather than unfolding as a traditional narrative, experimental filmmaker Maximilian Le Cain’s first feature takes the form of a visually and sonically immersive fever dream. Composer Karen Power’s intense soundscapes complete this mysterious and unusual cinematic experience.
a film by Maximilian Le Cain with sound by Karen Power starring Dean Kavanagh, Eadaoin O'Donohgue & Siannon O'Neillexecutive producers: Esperanza Collado, Fergus Daly, Michael Higgins, Vicky Langan, Gianluca Pulsoniproduced by Rouzbeh Rashidi, Dean Kavanagh & Maximilian Le CainExperimental Film Society / CloseWatchFilms 2015


AT ONE FELL SWOOP screens at Lumière 2016, Rome, in March

More details soon


Special thanks to Eamon at The New Theatre, Temple Bar for organising the screening. 

Absences and (Im)possibilities LUX touring programme UPDATE

Over the past 12months and as part of the LUX touring programme my short film 04:59 has screened at..

Irish Film Festival London, Nov 2014 Norwegian Film Institute, Oslo, Nov 2014 Glasgow Film Theatre, January 2015 CCCB Barcelona, Feb 2015 Union Theatre, Milwaukee, Feb 2015 Belfast Film Festival, Belfast, April 2015
Absences and (Im)possibilities, is a programme of experimental Irish film curated by the Experimental Film Club (Aoife Desmond, Alan Lambert, Donal Foreman and Esperanza Collado), commissioned by Irish Film Institute International and 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. This touring programme, in partnership with LUX, presents a selection of films from the full programme. Filmmakers include the Lumiére brothers, Samuel Beckett, Vivienne Dick, Maximillian Le Cain, Dónal Ó Céilleachair and Jesse Jones. The full programme overview is here and w…


In association with Unbend Leg Out OPEN NIGHT CINEMA presented REFRIGERATED on 12th September 2015.
Once a commercial drive-in fridge-freezer for the offloading and loading of frozen fruit and vegetables but now houses the creative juices of ONC and it's collaborators.
REFRIGERATED saw the breakdown of the typical 'band' structure. Lasting just under 2 hours members of the audience were encouraged to collaborate and interact with the ongoing performance resulting in a epic improvised industrial audio/visual landscape.
Special Thanks The Barry People and all those who contributed to the noise on the night.

Special Thanks to The Barry People Alexandros Kantoros and all those who contributed to the noise on the night.

OPEN NIGHT CINEMA presents The Barry People + OFFCUTS (Ja Ja Ja Ja Ne Ne Ne Ne)

In association with Unbend Leg Out (Tongue Bundle) OPEN NIGHT CINEMA presented THE BARRY PEOPLE and OFFCUTS (Ja Ja Ja Ja Ne Ne Ne Ne).

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OPEN NIGHT CINEMA presents EFS - HSP + The Illuminated Room

In association with Experimental Film Society OPEN NIGHT CINEMA presented their second installment of EFS work.

Two collaborative Homo Sapiens Project films by Rouzbeh Rashidi, Dean Kavanagh and Maximilian Le Cain opened the night. HSP is an ongoing series of personal experimental video works by Rouzbeh Rashidi initiated in August 2011 for both online and screen context.

One main aspect of the EFS series is a specifically designed environment that engages fully with the site and the audience. The Illuminated Room, an expanded cinema performance by Michael Higgins featuring Cillian Roche followed the HSP films.

OPEN NIGHT CINEMA presents a programme of EFS Short Films

In association with Experimental Film Society Open Night Cinema will present a programme of underground short films. EFS members Rouzbeh Rashidi, Dean Kavanagh, Maximilian Le Cain and Michael Higgins will specifically design, present and document the 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.

OPEN NIGHT CINEMA in Dublin Inquirer

Thanks to Gregory Dunn for the photograph and Damien Murphy for the write up. 
This Saturday sees the return of Open Night Cinema. WTF is Open Night Cinema, you ask? Good question.
“It’s a bit different,” says Michael Higgins, film-maker and co-founder of Open Night Cinema. “It’s hard to pin down, but it’s like art-gallery cinema.”
Open Night Cinema (ONC) is a non-profit, experimental film studio and cinema that Higgins started with actor Cillian Roche in early June.
Located in a derelict industrial warehouse in Inchicore, ONC experiments with and showcases techniques of expanded cinema, blending live performance, cinematic exhibition and other multidisciplinary art practices.
Its first night saw a showing of Higgins’s feature film At One Fell Swoop, which was preceded by a performance of Stone Boat, a theatre performance piece based on a portion of poet and philosopher John Moriarty’s Dreamt…

AT ONE FELL SWOOP returns home.

Friday 21st August sees AT ONE FELL SWOOP screen at Manorhamilton's Five Glens Festival. 

Special thanks to Kathy O'Leary

AT ONE FELL SWOOP selected for Collectif Jeune Cinéma

 Collectif Jeune Cinéma 7th - 17th October Thanks to everyone at the festival. It was a pleasure to attend and see a great range of work from around the world. 
AT ONE FELL SWOOP Q&A with Théo Deliyannis (centre) and Festival Director Frédéric Tachou (right)


Thursday 9th July saw a performance of John Moriarty's STONE BOAT by Cillian Roche accompanied by Leonard Barry on the uillean pipes and Michael Higgins on audio/visual elements. This version of STONE BOAT incoporated twin super 8mm projections, live stone-carving within 360 degree immersive 'stage'. 
Thanks to Rouzbeh Rashidi for the photos.


Curated by Maximillian Le Cain
EFS Presents
Dean Kavanagh's
POLAR NIGHTS and Michael Higgins'
Saturday 11th July
Triskel Christchurch Cinema
Cork City, Ire Dean Kavanagh's POLAR NIGHTS

Open Night Cinema presents 8mm smut on screen


SMOLT gets VHS distribution

SMOLT gets VHS distribution by VIDEO SENSATIONS in San Sebastián (Guipuzkoa), Basque Country.

OPEN NIGHT CINEMA Official Launch - FRI 12th June

AT ONE FELL SWOOP screens with an introductory performance of John Moriarty's STONE BOAT at OPEN NIGHT CINEMA.
OPEN NIGHT CINEMA is a non-profit 'pop-up' cinema that lives, breathes and sleeps in a large atmospheric space in Dublin 8. It was created and set up by myself and actor Cillian Roche. It currently seats approximately 40 people with space for much more.

'Open Night Cinema took place on Friday June 12th, 2015. It was a very special and intimate evening at a derelict industrial site. The space itself was vast and overwhelming, punctuated with patches of light and a tepid scent of chiselled stone. Watching people enter the complex through the overgrown exterior seemed to be a commingling of imagery from The Niklashausen Journey and Stalker. The atmosphere inside was completely unique and exceeded expectations; even Higgins and Roche somehow offset the fact that we might not leave in one piece. This was the unique flavour of the event, the taste of the unknown and…

EFS in Berlin, July 2015

Programme 1 @ Lichtblick-Kino 4th July 8PM
1_Dimensions (2013) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / Ireland / 6mins 2_The Illuminating Gas (2012) By Esperanza Collado / Spain / 7:30mins  3_Murder (2014) By Michael Higgins / Ireland / 5mins 4_Friends with Johnny Kline (2015) By Dean Kavanagh / Ireland / 17:30mins 5_67-69-Take 5 (2015) By Maximilian Le cain Ireland-Spain / 14mins  6_Homo Sapiens Project (150) (2013) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / Ireland / 36mins
Total Running Time: 86mins

Programme 2 @ regenbogenKINO 5th July 8PM

1_Teaser (2015) By Jann Clavadetscher / Ireland / 3mins  2_W.E (2014) By Bahar Samadi / France / 5mins 3_On The Way (2013) By Bahar Samadi / France / 3mins  4_Pitpony (2014) By Jason Marsh / UK / 3:30mins  5_Last Phase (2014) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / Ireland / 2mins 6_Incubus (2013) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / Ireland / 1:30mins 7_Luminosity (2) (2013) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / Ireland / 2:30mins 8_Funnel Web Family (2013) By Michael Higgins / Ireland / 14mins 9_Homo Sapiens Project (176) (2014) By…


"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) 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 work here.

Any proceeds fr…

Some Must Watch.. plays in Madrid

In association with Pantalla Fantasma 'Some Must Watch While Some Must Sleep' plays the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo on the 19th April.
SUNDAY 19th APR. 18:30 H.

''This year we once again collaborate with PANTALLA FANTASMA, an annual fest that detects borderline, extreme, destructive, strange audio-visual works.

It is a SCREEN (pantalla) because it is conceived as an exploration that detects the audio-visual phenomena that takes place in the limits of the spotlight. It is a GHOST (fantasma), because it reclaims a "ghostly" attitude of pretending something unattainable, with no fear of giving in to format. A fest which shows films that explore the limits of the audio-visual, extremes in a formal, but not apparent sense, carnal without displaying the represented flesh. It proposes a search for subversions of audio-visual language, destructive and borderline proposals.''

Other films include Letters from Parliament Square by Carlos Serrano Azcona.

At One Fell Swoop Screening

Monday 13th April 2015 | 6pm Studio 6 | Free admission, all welcome The fourth of six bi-monthly Experimental Film Society (EFS) screenings, taking place at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios under the Studio 6 Open programme, is a very special event: a double world premiere of new feature films by Dean Kavanagh and Micheal Higgins, two Irish-based members of EFS. Both filmmakers will be present at the screening.
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, …

Absences and (Im)possibilities at Xcéntric in Barcelona

''Ireland is a geographically isolated country; for this very reason, it has developed its own idiosyncrasy—in the audiovisual field, too. This session takes a wide-ranging look at a chronology that takes us from the beginnings of the cinema to today’s video creation, from the classical approach to the avant-garde; from Buster Keaton, to Samuel Beckett’s Film, punk performer Lydia Lunch, a central figure on New York’s No Wave scene in the late seventies, portrayed in super-8 by her friend Vivienne Dick, via anonymous pedestrians in a Dublin street filmed by a Lumière Brothers agent. "Absences and (Im)possibilities" is a programme of experimental Irish film curated by the Experimental Film Club (Aoife Desmond, Alan Lambert, Donal Foreman and Esperanza Collado), commissioned by Irish Film Institute International and supported by Culture Ireland.'' Films in the programme include...
People Walking in Sackville Street, Alexandre Promio, Lumière Brothers, 1897, 50 s…

EFS at Repressed Cinema Portland

As part of an EFS short film program Funnel Web Family plays Portland, Oregon, USA - March 17th 2015
Other films and their makers include..
Homo Sapiens Project (157)by Rouzbeh Rashidi
The Distanceby Dean Kavanagh
Dirt by Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain


Thanks to Vicky for the images.