Jan 23, 5:00pm
Friends of Experimental Film Society
A Day of Experimental Film Screenings @ Filmbase
Experimental Film Society (EFS), in partnership with Filmbase, Dublin, will be presenting a day of contemporary experimental cinema from around the world culminating in the Irish premiere of James Fotopoulos’ feature Dignity (2012).
The work selected for these three programmes is drawn from individuals and collectives that share an affinity with EFS. This affinity might be one of artistic vision, the shared (but varied) belief in a cinema that is personal, free and formally experimental. Or the affinity might be in a similar sense of collectivity, as with the five films proposed by the Latin American experimental film collective Hambre: Casa Circular, Journey To A Land Otherwise Known, Being Cat, Abismo and Waves. The filmmakers might be inspiring figures who have long held a place in our consciousness like Fotopoulos or the Buharov Brothers. Or they might be bright lights that have emerged further along the trail. But in all cases, this work vividly demonstrates the extraordinary richness of possibility that exists in truly alternative cinema today.
This programme is selected by Rouzbeh Rashidi and Maximilian Le Cain. Films from Hambre are curated by Sebastian Wiedemann. Sincere thanks to all participating artists.
Tickets available at the door: €7 per programme or €10 for a day pass to all three programmes.
Dignity (2013) By James Fotopoulos / USA / 82 min
“There is a strong case to be made that James Fotopoulos is the greatest experimental filmmaker of his generation… Adopting the basic premise and iconography of a science fiction story, Dignity feels on some level like a solemn game of science fiction that children might indulge in having been exposed to a particularly disturbing film of that genre. The most troubling elements are heightened. Narrative pace is suspended to emphasise a fixation on certain unsettling aspects of the story, which have become abstracted… The film builds to a hallucinatory peak of decidedly non-seamless, bargain-basement transcendence.” (EFS Publications) Features a soundtrack by Nate Archer and Thurston Moore.”
Experimental Film Society is an independent, not-for-profit entity specializing in avant-garde, independent and no/low budget filmmaking. It was founded in 2000 by Rouzbeh Rashidi. It unites works by a group of filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema.
Filmbase was founded in 1986 as a members led organization. It has supported thousands of Irish filmmakers over the years through its range of services including quality training at affordable rates, access to film funding award schemes, equipment hire and the publication of www.FilmIreland.net, Ireland’s first stop online for all the latest Irish film news, reviews, interviews and exclusives.