This programme of contemporary experimental film features new work by Irish-based members of Experimental Film Society.
It is presented as part of
- a new collaborative initiative between UCC, Corcadorca Theatre Development Centre and Plugd Records.
Experimental Film Society supports and promotes works by a dozen filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema. It was founded and is run by Dublin-based Iranian filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi.
(Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, 7 mins, 2012)
Since 2010, Cork-based sound/performance artist Vicky Langan (Wölflinge) and experimental filmmaker Maximilian Le Cain have been working together in a creative audio-visual partnership built on the strikingly fitting match between Langan’s magnetic, often troublingly intense presence as a performer and Le Cain’s distinctively jarring, disruptive visual rhythms. Wölflinge 12/4/’12 is the record of a typically visceral performance Langan gave at Triskel Christchurch last year.
SOUND FROM THE VALLEY FLOOR
(Dean Kavanagh, 25 mins, 2012)
Dean Kavanagh is an independent avant-garde filmmaker based in Wicklow. He favours 'visual stories' which radically reduce conventional narrative elements. These haunting, visually hypnotic works focus on private rituals and mysterious journeys to or from ‘home', to or from memory. Shot mainly in Cork, Sound From the Valley Floor introduces a strain of bizarre humour into Kavanagh’s poetic evocation of displacement.
AREAS OF SYMPATHY
(Maximilian Le Cain, 40 mins, 2013)
Areas of Sympathy, Le Cain’s latest solo work, is a visually raw collage of home movies, performance documentation and found footage that knits together into a frustrating but highly exhilarating series of abandoned science fiction / thriller narratives without beginning or end. The memory of an old movie partially watched late at night while more than half asleep…
HOMO SAPIENS PROJECT
(Rouzbeh Rashidi, 16 mins, 2013)
The prolific and influential Rouzbeh Rashidi has been working on the ongoing Homo Sapiens Project since 2011. This series of short films is a laboratory for experimenting with cinematic forms. A ‘notebook’, sometimes an oblique ‘diary’, the films produced range from cryptic, often darkly surreal film diaries to impressionistic portraits of places and people, from found footage séances to semi-documentary monologues. Formally, they encompass everything from highly composed and distantly framed meditations to frenetically flickering plunges into the textural substance of moving images. HSP 139 was made as a response to Le Cain’s Areas of Sympathy.