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Luminous Void

Once again the happenings of EFS continues to astound me. Although founder and fellow colleague Rouzbeh Rashidi is hugely responsible for such growth and activity, EFS resonates to me as a living breathing cinematic organism. In the world of George A. Romero (Feb 4, 1940 – July 16, 2017) it's impact appears to be spreading like a disease. It is a grotesque wonder to observe the feeding and mating habits of what it means to be a collective and how such a cyst can evolve and grow.
Luminous Voidis an upcoming documentary examining EFS and the role of experimental film-making in Ireland. Supported by The Arts Council under the Open Call programme it will also coincide with Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents, a publication highlighting further aspects of EFS. 
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SMOLT goes to the IFI

SMOLT will screen at the Irish Film Institute, Dublin - June 20th at 6:30pm. This should be fun.

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EFS @ GOMA, Waterford

The Poorhouse Revisited featured at CineAutopsia, Bogotá, Colombia.

As part of The Festival de Cine Experimental de Bogotá / CineAutopsia The Poorhouse Revisited features as part of a selection of films constructed from archival images. Other films in the programme include..
Hipertelia (Jonathan Palomar, 2015),
Descomposición Aleatoria (Karina R. Sandoval, 2015),
Back Track (Virgil Widrich, 2015),
Le bulbe tragique (Guillaume Vallée, 2016),
ON NATION (and other dogmas) (Zavan Films, 2015),
Over&Over (Michael Fleming, 2015),
Orbit (Giuseppe Boccassini, 2016),
Erotic Mandalas (Almir Correia, 2016), and
The Poorhouse Revisited (Michael Higgins, 2011), and more.
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EFS Carcass Programme in the Philipines

'A programme of Experimental Film Society will be screening at UP Film Institute Film Studio, Quezon City on 27th April 2017 at 17:30. It will be as part the Pelikula Obskura programme organised by Kino Punch Magazine.
Carcass Programme: Relics (2017 / 86 mins / Ireland / 2K)
Created by: Jann Clavadetscher, Michael Higgins, Dean Kavanagh, Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, Atoosa Pour Hosseini & Rouzbeh Rashidi.' - EFS
Special thanks to Rouzbeh Rashidi.
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EFS goes to Bogotá

Bogotá Experimental Film Festival will host two days of EFS films. The 5th May sees a screening of Rouzbeh Rashidi's monstrous feature film TRAILERS followed by a programme of EFS short films on the 6th. My films Painting and The Poorhouse Revisited will screen as part of the programme.
1_Blue Orgasm (2016, 4mins) / Found Super8mm and 4K / By Jann Clavadetscher 2_Ornaments of the Bone (2015, 6mins) / Found Super8mm transferred to full HD / By Dean Kavanagh 3_Contact (2011, 3mins) / Super8mm transferred to full HD / By Vicky Langan/Maximilian Le Cain 4_Hotel La Mirage (2010, 6mins) / Super8mm transferred to full HD / By Maximilian Le Cain 5_Painting (2011, 5mins) / 16mm transferred to full HD / By Michael Higgins 6_The Poorhouse Revisited (2011, 14mins) / 16mm transferred to full HD / By Michael Higgins 7_Homo Sapiens Project (49) (2011, 5mins) / Found 16mm transferred to full HD / By Rouzbeh Rashidi 8_Mirage (2015, 4mins) / Super8mm transferred to full HD / By Atoosa Pour Hosseini 9_Clande…

EFS Carcass Programme: HOMO FEROX / CORPUS REX

Created by: Jann Clavadetscher, Émmsen Jafari, Michael Higgins, Jason Marsh, Dean Kavanagh, Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, Atoosa Pour Hosseini & Rouzbeh Rashidi / 2017 / 30 mins / Ireland
Pieced together like a cinematic Frankenstein’s monsters, Carcass Programme: Homo Ferox / Corpus Rex is an experimental short film that has been created from shots and sequences reworked from films from the archive of the Experimental Film Society, one of the most dynamic and distinctive forces in contemporary alternative cinema. “The Film is dead, long live the Film!”
It is an honour to be in such great company. What a lineup! Special Thanks to Rouzbeh Rashidi.
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SMOLT goes to New Jersey's Irish Film Festival

SMOLT takes a trip to New Jersey for the first year of Irish Film Festival. See it April 23rd at Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church St, Middletown, NJ, USA.
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Drifting Cities World Premiere

Drifting Cities is complete.

Featuring Justyna Janiszewska and Ayami Andrews Drifting Cities is a new feature film that began it's journey in late 2012. Key scenes were shot on anamorphic 16mm both in Dublin City and London at that time. 
Late 2013 further shooting commenced in North Dublin in the housing estate of Darndale.
In the summer of 2014 I spent time at dflux Reserach Residency based in Hamtramck, Michigan. Further shooting around Detroit City took place. 
Since then I have been collecting found footage including 8mm motion film, photographic prints and 35mm slides some of which were used in the final picture. 
Editing commenced in Riga, Latvia in the summer of 2016 and proved to be a lengthly process. 
I'm very happy to announce it will make it's World Premiere back in Riga at Process - the first Experimental Film Festival of its kind in the Baltics.

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The DeVry Portable Projector housing complete

The projector's housing is complete using all the original wood and steel bits and pieces (even a red glass little window). There was a very thin leather 'coat' which was to destroyed and so it was dumped. I went with the raw wood, stained and varnished. The interior was originally finely thin card which I've substituted with some Irish linen.

Now for the electrics!


Love Me Longer goes to Berlin.

Love Me Longer (5mins, 16mm, 2010) goes to Berlin to play at Greenhouse Berlin as part of Vorspiel/Transmediale. Autobiographical Rituals takes place between Feb 25th and Mar 3rd. Love Me Longer plays the night of the 2nd. Special thanks to Natalia Fentisova.


Autobiographical Rituals - Facebook
Autobiographical Rituals - Website
Greenhouse Berlin  - Website
Vorspiel/Transmediale - Website

Luminous Void Book Crowdfunding Campaign Launched

'Today saw the launch of the Indiegogo crowd funding campaign to cover the design and printing expenses of Luminous Void, a book-length history of the Irish-based experimental film collective’s first two decades of activity.' Since 2010 I've been involved with EFS (Experimental Film Society). We produce personal, demanding, challenging films driven by our love for pictures and sound. Not only do we produce them but we also screen, promote and archive them.
Sometimes it helps to read something about the films in the same way you might read instructions on how to operate a microwave. It helps you get the best out of a TV dinner. It helps you understand why you shouldn't dry your pet cat in it.
And so EFS are launching a book - Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents. There's interviews, articles, histories and some more and being put together by a group of people very passionate about what they do! There are even super talented designers being bro…

HSP200 - Submission

The first 30 minutes of my contribution to HSP200 has been completed and submitted.



So far it features John Murphy, Oli Ryan, Floriana Mancuso, Cillian Roche, Grainne O'Carroll, Enda Moran and Tinto.

' HSP 200 will be a 12-hour film made for both a human and a possible extra-terrestrial audience. A brief synopsis as follows: an extra-terrestrial creature records its observations for its own unknown purposes, seeking out the places that light cannot reach. - Rouzbeh Rashidi '


Read more about HSP200 here


The DeVry Portable Projector

I acquired a Model E 35mm DeVry Suitcase projector (1921) from Cahercon Estate, Co. Clare about a year ago. I've finally built up enough courage to attempt to renovate it.

It is a beautiful piece of machinery, simple in its design, basic electrics (if not a little outdated!), flame retardant (coated in aesbestos) for early nitrate film and most importantly the mechanics are clean considering it's age.

I've currently deconstructed the whole projector and thankfully the original wooden case is just about staying together. Time to clean and rebuild.


I will try and document the process here over the next year or how ever long it takes.

 Show me a digital projector survive 100 hundreds and I will snort the asbestos.

Onwards.

Recent Transmissions: Strange Attractor & EFS

'A durational, improvised live performance by Strange Attractor will take place in a space activated and transfigured by multiple projections of Experimental Film Society moving imagery.'
6-8pm, Saturday February 25th
St. Peter’s Church, North Main St., Cork
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Strange Attractor Anthony Kelly, Danny McCarthy, Irene Murphy, Mick O’Shea, David Stallingand special guest Eimear Reidy.
Experimental Film Society
Rouzbeh Rashidi, Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, Michael Higgins, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Dean Kavanagh, Jann Clavadetscher, Émmsen Jafari and Jason Marsh.

EFS Publications

EFS Publications publish two reviews relating to my work. 
Four is to three - An article by Sean Sullivan in response to The Poorhouse Revisited screened at The Joinery in early 2012 as part of Selected Stories, curated by Tadhg O'Sullivan. 
Stone Boat Exhausted Film Review - A recent film review of Open Night Cinema's Stone Boat Exhausted which I'm heavily involved in. Written by Lorenzo Paci for Cinepaxy.

EFS announces CARCASS PROGRAMME

'These programmes will consist of new assemblages of scenes edited together from the work of EFS members. The scenes might originally come from features, shorts or medium length films, but they will be compiled to form entirely new hybrid films.' - Rouzbeh Rashidi
A new and exciting venture. READ MORE Painting: Alan Beeton Decomposing c.1929

ONC's Stone Boat Exhausted - Review on Cinepaxy

Comprimi l’umanità in un attimo, racchiudila in esso. Ciò che vediamo, i luoghi ai quali apparteniamo, la nostra stessa esistenza, tutto ciò ha un’origine, ma è solo tentando di risalire ad essa per tappe logiche sequenziali che perveniamo ad un inizio, a quell’epoca in cui un semplice pensiero smuoveva montagne e dove stelle, rocce, alberi, convivevano tra loro innocenti. Una performance, quella condotta ed immortalata da Higgins, dove l’esperienza evocativa diviene quasi un modo per celebrare i miti della propria cultura, quella irlandese, tramite un’esibizione che fa del mezzo cinematografico l’elemento chiave per trasformare in sensazioni, in stati d’animo, i punti chiave dell’opera prima del filosofo e scrittore John Moriarty, “Dreamtime”.

Adattando ed adattandosi ad essa, l’autore pone un’immagine decisamente sovversiva, sperimenta sul soggetto come sui mezzi tecnici adottati portando il suo “Stone Boat Exhausted” alle sembianze né più né meno di un ebbro, oscuro rituale dove la …