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  • New Experimental Film Society Website

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    I am delighted to announce the relaunch of the Experimental Film Society website. Boasting a brand new design by freelance web developer Ciarán Hickey, it covers every aspect of EFS activity: newseventsprojects, comprehensive member profiles. It is also the main platform for our Video On Demand catalogue where over forty feature and medium length films are available to stream or download. The site also features links to our online journal EFS Publications and to an archive of all past news. We have added a subscription facility, so you can sign up for automatic updates on our screening events, and a donate button for anyone wishing to help support our creative activities. A big thank you to the amazing Ciarán Hickey for his superb design and all the work he put into creating this site from scratch.

    Happy browsing! –Rouzbeh Rashidi

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  • Bruce Baillie Kickstarter project

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    Preserving Bruce Baillie’s films and legacy: With the publication of a book and a touring retrospective of Bruce Baillie’s films, the project's goal is to share work that constitutes one of the most influential voices in avant-garde cinema. This touring retrospective and bilingual (Spanish/English) book will contribute to wider recognition of Bruce Baillie’s amazing films and expose new generations of filmmakers and film lovers in the US and abroad.

    We are planning an international film tour that launched at the Film Society of the Lincoln Center this April. The touring retrospective will travel to Spain (CCCB, La Casa Encendida, Tabakalera), the UK (Tate Modern), Mexico City (Distrital Film Festival) and many cities in the US including Washington D.C., San Francisco/Oakland, Boston, Los Angeles and more this year and in 2017. 

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  • Award-winners for the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival

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    This is the list of award-winning works for the 54th edition of the Ann Arbor FIlm Festival:

    Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival
    Ear, Nose, Throat by Kevin Jerome Everson

    The Stan Brakhage Film at Wit’s End Award
    The Illinois Parables by Deborah Stratman

    Lawrence Kasdan Award for Best Narrative Film
    Edmond by Nina Gantz

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  • RE MI: a new cooperation project by three european film labs

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    RE MI (Re-Engineering Moving Image) is a two-year European cooperation project run by Mire (Nantes, FR), WORM.Filmwerkplaats (Rotterdam, NL) and LaborBerlin (Berlin, DE), focused on the creation, preservation and circulation of technical knowledge of analogue film in order to support its use as a creative medium.

    The project will involve other film labs, cinemas, art schools and other cultural organizations, as well as a broad international audience of film enthusiasts.

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  • Media City 21 Awards

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    These are the awarded films from the 21st edition of Media City Film Festival. This year's jury, composed by Akosua Adoma Owusu (USA), Jeremy Rossen (Harvard Film Archive, USA) and Lauren Howes (CFMDC, Canada), selected the following films:

    • Grand Prize: Occidente, by Ana Vaz, Brazil.
    • Second Prize: Neither God nor Santa María, by Samuel M. Delgado and Helena Girón (La Banda Negra), Spain.
    • Third Prize: Jáaji Approx., by Sky Hopinka, USA.
    • Honourable Mention: Blue and Red, by Zhou Tao, China.
    • Regional Award: The Fortune Teller, by Annie MacDonell, Canada.
    • Honourable Mention (Regional): Who Painted the Sky with Wispy Clouds?, by Miranda Dershimer, USA.

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  • Experimental Film Society - Video On Demand

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    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 (http://goo.gl/4kISRc).

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  • 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival Awards

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    The Ann Arbor Film Festival has just announced the awards for its 53rd edition, chosen by the jury comprised by Jesse McLean, Joanna Raczynska and Julie Murray.

    Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival: The Creation of Meaning, by Simone Rapisarda Casanova

    The Stan Brakhage Film at Wit’s End Award: Things, by Ben Rivers

    Lawrence Kasdan Award for Best Narrative Film: Episode of the Sea, by Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan

    Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary Film: Speculation Nation, by Bill Brown & Sabine Gruffat

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  • Millennium Film Journal No. 60

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    Millennium Film Journal No. 60 "Fundamentals", out now, includes two articles on the emergence and development of artist-run film labs, an interview with Morgan Fisher accompanied by an article focused on his film (), an article on the cinematic implications of James Turrell's light installations, reviews, artist pages, and more.

    The Millennium Film Journal, now in its 36th year, is devoted to artists' moving image of all kinds, from the photo-chemical to the digital, from the black box to the white cube to the street to the handheld.

    MFJ 60 is now available at http://mfj-online.org or http://centralbooks.com in the UK.

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  • 2014 Avant-Garde Masters Grant Winners

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    The National Film Preservation Foundation has just announced its 2014 grant winners:

    Anthology Film Archives (New York)
    - Globe (1971), Ken Jacobs' 3D view of the streets of Binghamton, New York.

    Bard College (New York)
    - FF (1986), Julie Murray’s assemblage of rephotographed images from pop culture.
    - Tr’cheot’my P’sy (1988), Julie Murray’s fast-paced feminist collage.
    - A Legend of Parts (1988), parodic history of civilization by Julie Murray, assembled from found footage and 3D postcards.
    - Conscious (1993), Julie Murray’s collage of educational and science films.

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