Talks + Events
Monday 13th April 2015 | 6pm
Studio 6 | Free admission, all welcome
The fourth of six bi-monthly Experimental Film Society (EFS) screenings, taking place at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios under the Studio 6 Open programme, is a very special event: a double world premiere of new feature films by Dean Kavanagh and Micheal Higgins, two Irish-based members of EFS. Both filmmakers will be present at the screening.
Polar Nights (2014) by Dean Kavanagh
Ireland / 61 mins / Colour
Polar Nights is a formalistic journey of image and sound that plunges viewers into the depths of the Arctic where a small town and its inhabitants live day-to-day lives in the dark. The main protagonist is perhaps the movie itself, which leads to the question of whether these characters were ever real or just delusions bleeding in from the cold.
Dean Kavanagh is an independent experimental filmmaker from Wicklow. He became a member of EFS in 2008. Since then he has completed over 50 short films and 5 at feature length, which have been screened worldwide. His work is intensely visual, creating detailed atmospheres that respond to the interaction between space, time and the human body. Rural and domestic themes diaphanously sheath a rigorously formalistic interplay between sound and image.
At One Fell Swoop (2015) by Michael Higgins
Ireland / 70 mins / Black & White
At One Fell Swoop deals with a stonemason (Cillian Roche) and his metamorphic wander through rural Ireland. In passing he slips through the film’s frames into a re-imagining of his surroundings in which he finds himself trapped on an intense cataclastic path towards a dead end. Photographed on expired 16mm black and white film and entirely hand-processed, At One Fell Swoop resembles a phantom-like film lodged amid multiple stratums of time and space. At One Fell Swoop was funded by Arts Council of Ireland.
Dublin based Michael Higgins has been making films for ten years. He is interested in using the filmmaking process to rupture the reality of the everyday, bringing to light alternative ways of seeing and experiencing. His 2013 feature Smolt won the IndieCork Award for Innovation in Irish Feature Filmmaking.
EFS is a not-for-profit entity that promotes, archives and sometimes produces work by a dozen filmmakers operating in several different countries. Although each member has a distinctive vision, they are united by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema. They have in common an exploratory approach to filmmaking where films emerge from the interplay of sound, image and atmosphere rather than traditional storytelling techniques. EFS was founded by Dublin-based filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi, who continues to curate and run the organization.