Rouzbeh Rashidi (Born 23 December 1980 - Tehran / Iran) is an Iranian Avant-garde filmmaker associated with the Remodernist film movement. Rouzbeh Rashidi has been making films since 2000 when he founded the Experimental Film Society in Tehran. Since then, he has worked completely apart from any mainstream conceptions of filmmaking.
Experimental Film Society
Experimental Film Society is an independent, not-for-profit entity specialising in experimental, independent and no/low budget filmmaking. It was founded in 2000 in Tehran, Iran. Its aim is to produce and promote films by its members. Experimental Film Society unites works by a dozen filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising, no-budget devotion to personal, experimental cinema. Experimental Film Society is responsible for rescuing and preserving many of its members' films, which otherwise might have been lost forever.
Rouzbeh Rashidi produced, supported, gathered and rescued dozens of short films by many different filmmakers from around the globe and created an online film archive called EFS Video Archive dedicated to experimental cinema.
Members of EFS include: Rouzbeh Rashidi (founder), Bahar Samadi, Jann Clavadetscher, Pouya Ahmadi, Kamyar Kordestani, Michael Higgins, Hamid Shams Javi, Dean Kavanagh, Esperanza Collado and Jason Marsh. Maximilian Le Cain is an honorary member.
Past Collaborators include Mohammad Nick Dell, Mahdi Safarali, Navid Salajegheh, Behzad Haki and Ali Vakilian.
(An)Other Irish Cinema
is the work of three resolutely independent filmmakers based in Ireland who have built up prolific filmographies over the past decade in complete creative freedom, taking full advantage of the liberty for experimentation that low-and-no budget production offers. Although the visions audiences discover in the films of Donal Foreman, Rouzbeh Rashidi and Maximilian Le Cain are very different, they are linked by the use of exploratory, non-script-based approaches to filmmaking and by a keen awareness of the cinema histories that have explored the medium's possibilities far beyond the accepted rules of the multiplex.
Foreman, Rashidi and Le Cain formed ‘(An) Other Irish Cinema’ as a platform for joint screenings, to showcase their work and, in so doing, to propose the possibility of an/other filmmaking culture in Ireland.
Remodernist Film Movement
In January 2010 Rashidi joined the Remodernist film movement. Remodernist film developed in the United States and the United Kingdom in the early 21st century with ideas related to those of the international art movement Stuckism and its manifesto, Remodernism. Key figures are Harris Smith and Jesse Richards. Amos Poe is a member. On August 27, 2008, Jesse Richards published a 15 point Remodernist Film Manifesto, calling for a 'new spirituality in cinema', use of intuition in filmmaking, as well as describing the remodernist film as being a 'stripped down, minimal, lyrical, punk kind of filmmaking'. In late August, 2009, an International Alliance of Remodernist Filmmakers was started by Jesse Richards in order to promote discussion and collaboration amongst those following the manifesto.
The Australian film magazine Filmink announced Rashidi's participation in a compilation feature film by the Remodernist film movement in February 2010.
Rouzbeh Rashidi left Remodernist film movement in late 2011.
Rouzbeh Rashidi’s resume with Remodernist film:
*Two of Rouzbeh Rashidi's short films Grey (2008) and Now & Forever (2008) was picked by Jesse Richards for the short films of Remodernist film.
*An article about Remodernist film & Jesse Richards was published on 17th August 2010 in Shargh Newspaper (Iran) by Kamyar Kordestani & with the help of Rouzbeh Rashidi.
*Remodernist film manifesto was translated into Persian language by Kamyar Kordestani, Reza Radbeh & with the help of Rouzbeh Rashidi. It was subsequently published on 31th August 2010 in the Shargh Newspaper (Iran).
*Completion of the feature film Closure of Catharsis (2011) which was based and inspired by Remodernist film manifesto.
*Contribution to the Remodernist omnibus feature film “In Passing (2011)“.
2011-Ongoing Homo Sapiens Project 2010 Entity of Haze 2010 Woodpecker 2010 Nonessential Recall (Completed in 2010) 2008 Anatomy of Man 2008 Nightfall 2008 Now & Forever 2008 Emptiness 2008 Strand 2008 Grey 2008 Shingle Beach 2008 Friends 2008 Damp & misty 2008 Day's End 2008 Stillness 2008 Harmony With You 2008 Drowned Fish 2008 First Alley 2008 History of Cinema 2008 Theory NTSC 2008 Theory PAL 2007 Bra 2007 The Blight 2007 Rosita 2007 Last Vision 2007 Flooded Meadow 2006 Dusk, Ravens 2006 This Year 2005 Clay 2003 Etude for Oily Water 2002 Smile in the End of Summer 2002 The Wind 2002 Chair & Cigarette 2002 Aftershock of Old Memories 2002 The Man's Beautiful Wife 2002 Dark Ripples 2002 Feel So Close 2002 I Like You More Than I Like Painting 2001 Shabby Nights 2000 Spring Day *2000 Nucleus
Awards 2011 - Arts Council of Ireland Film Project Award for He (2012 film).
2009 - National Student Media 'Short Film of the Year'. The National Student Media Awards are 'Ireland's premier student awards'.
2008 - Best Short Film at Cork Youth International Film Festival 2008.