Friday, December 08, 2017

Self Decapitation @ Seventyseven Film Club, Bristol

Cafe Kino, 108 Stokes Croft, BS1 3RU Bristol, United Kingdom
Doors 6.30pm, Film 7pm, Entry £3

Seventyseven Film Club will present a screening of Self Decapitation, a Janus-headed self-portrait by Rouzbeh Rashidi and Maximilian Le Cain in which death and desire each take possession of this film in two parts. The ambiguities of inhabiting a human body are conjured by way of film technology in its faults, faulty memories and false promises. There is no escape from its haunting – except perhaps to haunt it in turn…

After the screening there will be live improvised music in response to the film from Stereocilia, Robin Foster, Louise's Guidelines, Microdeform, Anthony Brown, Harry Matthews & Seth Guy.

For those not lucky enough to make the Bristol screening, Self Decapitation is also available on VOD.

Monday, December 04, 2017


The book Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents is now available! Edited by Rouzbeh Rashidi and me, it chronicles the history of Experimental Film Society (EFS) by compiling a series of essays, interviews and manifestos that set out and explore the ideas that drive and emerge from EFS filmmaking. It includes new texts by renowned film critic Adrian Martin, and by Alice Butler & Daniel Fitzpatrick, the curatorial team behind aemi (artists and experimental moving image) who describe the book thus:

"This is the kind of book which belongs in the homes of artists,  filmmakers, critics, programmers, curators and fans, encountered years from now well thumbed and returned to again and again; as much a source of inspiration or a space for reflection on cinema and its ineffable power as a manual for uncompromised creative practice."

To order a copy, please email: It is priced €15 + p&p.

Photographs from the Luminous Void book launch courtesy of Alan Lambert.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Cinepaxy Reviews INSIDE

A wonderful and very insightful review of Inside has been posted by Cinepaxy: 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

EFS @ Poverarte – Festival di tutte le Art

A carcass programme of Experimental Film Society will be screening in Poverarte – Festival di tutte le Arti at Ateliersi, Bologna as part of the Eruzi∞ni event on the 1st December 2017 at 20:00–3:00 with live electronic music by Jacopo Bacci.

Address: Ateliersi, Via San Vitale 69, 40125 Bologna, Italy.

Carcass Programme: Smembrare (2017 / 55mins / Ireland)

A film by: Jann Clavadetscher, Michael Higgins, Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, Atoosa Pour Hosseini & Rouzbeh Rashidi.

Pieced together like cinematic Frankenstein’s monsters, these morbid creations will feed on the flesh of previous EFS films, simultaneously announcing their death and enacting a potentially limitless series of resurrections. Each one will be specifically created for a single venue or event.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Frans Zwartjes (1927 - 2017)

Farewell... He was the greatest.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

EFS @ American Medium, NY

An Experimental Film Society screening featuring Langan / Le Cain's Brine Twice Daily will take place as part of 'Folds of Existence' at American Medium in New York. 'Folds of Existence' is a screening series of contemporary moving image that mediates the precarious boundaries between public space and personal psyche. Ranging from the meditative and transcendent to the cacophonous and debaucherous, these layered realities attempt to reclaim timeworn ideologies, made manifest via social network dynamics, contested geopolitical histories, formulaic mass entertainment, ecstatic virtual imaginings and oscillating collective projections. This powerful compilation of works challenges the currency and potentiality of events, and points towards alternative aesthetics and modes of existence.

The programmes presented include short-form, feature-length, single-channel and installation-based works. Programmed by Lorenzo Gattorna and Mary Ancel.

Programme 4
Experimental Film Society

Curated by Rouzbeh Rashidi

Date and Time: Friday, January 19, 2018 8:00 PM

Location: American Medium 515 West 20th Street 3N New York, NY 10011 United States

Controle No6 (2015), Jann Clavadetscher, Ireland, 13m
The Family Vault of James Hyland (2017), Michael Higgins, Ireland, 14m
Homo Sapiens Project (161-170) (2013), Rouzbeh Rashidi, Ireland, 8m
Brine Twice Daily (2015), Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain, Ireland, 20m
Refining the Senses (2017), Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Switzerland-Ireland, 13m

More details here.

Friday, November 10, 2017

LUMINOUS VOID Book Launch + LANGAN / LE CAIN Performance, Filmbase, Dublin

Book launch with live performance by
Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain

4pm, Saturday December 2nd 2017
Filmbase, 2 Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is pleased to announce the publication of Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents, a book chronicling the history of EFS. The book launch will take place at Filmbase, Dublin, and feature a special live performance by Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain.

EFS is an international group of filmmakers dedicated to the creation of personal, formally challenging cinema. Originally founded by Rouzbeh Rashidi in Tehran, EFS has been based in Dublin since 2004 where it has been responsible for injecting a new energy into Irish alternative film. Its defiantly independent vision, both deeply informed by film history and radically modern, has animated over five hundred films as well as numerous performances, installations and sound works.

Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents chronicles this unique chapter in contemporary underground cinema by compiling a series of essays, interviews and manifestos that set out and explore the ideas that drive and emerge from EFS filmmaking. It includes new texts by renowned film critic Adrian Martin, and by Alice Butler & Daniel Fitzpatrick, the curatorial team behind aemi (artists and experimental moving image).

Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain’s longstanding filmmaking partnership has recently expanded to include live performance collaborations. They performed at the 2017 Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival and at TULCA Festival of Visual Arts where their feature film Inside (2017) premiered. Le Cain makes experimental films that explore a personal relationship with cinema as a site of haunting, while Langan’s practice operates across several overlapping fields. Her vulnerable, emotionally charged work envelops audiences in an aura of dark intimacy.

Copies of Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents (edited by Rouzbeh Rashidi & Maximilian Le Cain, 164 pages) will be on sale at the launch priced €15, or can be ordered directly by emailing