Experimental Film Society is a creative organization founded in Tehran (Iran) in 2000, dedicated to producing and distributing low-budget independent and experimental films, from a dozen filmmakers and artists scattered around the globe. The session will consist of a sample of recent work by its most prolific members: Rouzbeh Rashidi, founder and promoter of the institution, and Maximilian Le Cain, honorary member and exponent of contemporary Irish experimental film. The duo will attend the session and questions from the audience after the screenings.
Filmmakers in attendance.
In the lobby of the auditorium there will be displayed throughout the day H7HSP160 REGRESSION, an audiovisual piece conducted as a dialogue between the two authors, and especially designed for this context. H7HSP160 REGRESSION is an articulated assembly from two recently completed feature films in which Le Cain and Rashidi have collaborated. It is a continuation of complementary and personal concerns that intimately connect with cinema.
- Indwell Extinction of Hawks in Remoteness (Rouzbeh Rashidi, 61 mins, VHS, sound, b&w, Iran & Ireland, 2012)
A intimate gust of memories travels through time and space, and is faced with a genuinely experimental form that surprises the viewer, sending him to drift, to the interweaving of old and rescued footage that now raises to the surface of consciousness as a dream. With Toofan Nasehi, Rouzbeh Rashidi, Nima Pourtolami, Alireza Mehdizadeh, Dell Pooria Nick and Nick Mohammad Dell.
- Areas of Sympathy (Maximilian Le Cain, 40 mins, VHS & DV, sound, b&w, Ireland, 2013)
A crude visual collage of home movies, performance documentation, and found footage. The set is woven into a frustrated series while stimulating key narratives in science fiction and thriller without beginning or end. The memory of an old movie watched late at night while you're more than half asleep ... John McCarthy and Esperanza Collado are the protagonists.
Rouzbeh Rashidi (Tehran, Iran, 1980) is an independent filmmaker. He has been making films since 2000, when he founded the Experimental Film Society. Since then he has worked completely outside any established concept on how to make movies, and instead uses his cinematic style with a poetic interaction of image and sound. He usually avoids the preparation of scripts, and considers filmmaking as a process closer to exploration than to illustration. His work is deeply ingrained in the history of cinema. He has directed and produced 40 short films, and in 2008 focused its activity on creating feature films, having completed since then a number of them. In August 2011 he begins a personal and ambitious project composed by video pieces of varying lengths, the Homo Sapiens Project. So far he has made 150 pieces within this project. His projects have been awarded by the Arts Council of Ireland and are shown in international festivals and galleries.
Maximilian Le Cain (born 1978) has made more than seventy short and medium-length experimentals film and videos, and performance pieces with a strong film component in the last decade. He works regularly with sound artist and performer Vicky Langan, and works with Esperanza Collado as The Consecutive Impostors in their multidisciplinary art project Operation Rewrite. He is also a programmer and film critic. He programs experimental films for Black Sun, an exhibition space of experimental film and music in Cork (Ireland), and is the editor of the online journal Experimental Conversations, based in Cork Film Centre. He writes in the journal Senses of Cinema, and has recently collaborated on Sylvère Lotringer's film project about Antonin Artaud.