Wednesday, November 15, 2017

EFS @ American Medium, NY

An Experimental Film Society screening featuring Langan / Le Cain's Brine Twice Daily will take place as part of 'Folds of Existence' at American Medium in New York. 'Folds of Existence' is a screening series of contemporary moving image that mediates the precarious boundaries between public space and personal psyche. Ranging from the meditative and transcendent to the cacophonous and debaucherous, these layered realities attempt to reclaim timeworn ideologies, made manifest via social network dynamics, contested geopolitical histories, formulaic mass entertainment, ecstatic virtual imaginings and oscillating collective projections. This powerful compilation of works challenges the currency and potentiality of events, and points towards alternative aesthetics and modes of existence.

The programmes presented include short-form, feature-length, single-channel and installation-based works. Programmed by Lorenzo Gattorna and Mary Ancel.

Programme 4
Experimental Film Society

Curated by Rouzbeh Rashidi

Date and Time: Friday, January 19, 2018 8:00 PM

Location: American Medium 515 West 20th Street 3N New York, NY 10011 United States

Controle No6 (2015), Jann Clavadetscher, Ireland, 13m
The Family Vault of James Hyland (2017), Michael Higgins, Ireland, 14m
Homo Sapiens Project (161-170) (2013), Rouzbeh Rashidi, Ireland, 8m
Brine Twice Daily (2015), Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain, Ireland, 20m
Refining the Senses (2017), Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Switzerland-Ireland, 13m

More details here.

Friday, November 10, 2017

LUMINOUS VOID Book Launch + LANGAN / LE CAIN Performance, Filmbase, Dublin

Book launch with live performance by
Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain

4pm, Saturday December 2nd 2017
Filmbase, 2 Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is pleased to announce the publication of Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents, a book chronicling the history of EFS. The book launch will take place at Filmbase, Dublin, and feature a special live performance by Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain.

EFS is an international group of filmmakers dedicated to the creation of personal, formally challenging cinema. Originally founded by Rouzbeh Rashidi in Tehran, EFS has been based in Dublin since 2004 where it has been responsible for injecting a new energy into Irish alternative film. Its defiantly independent vision, both deeply informed by film history and radically modern, has animated over five hundred films as well as numerous performances, installations and sound works.

Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents chronicles this unique chapter in contemporary underground cinema by compiling a series of essays, interviews and manifestos that set out and explore the ideas that drive and emerge from EFS filmmaking. It includes new texts by renowned film critic Adrian Martin, and by Alice Butler & Daniel Fitzpatrick, the curatorial team behind aemi (artists and experimental moving image).

Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain’s longstanding filmmaking partnership has recently expanded to include live performance collaborations. They performed at the 2017 Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival and at TULCA Festival of Visual Arts where their feature film Inside (2017) premiered. Le Cain makes experimental films that explore a personal relationship with cinema as a site of haunting, while Langan’s practice operates across several overlapping fields. Her vulnerable, emotionally charged work envelops audiences in an aura of dark intimacy.

Copies of Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents (edited by Rouzbeh Rashidi & Maximilian Le Cain, 164 pages) will be on sale at the launch priced €15, or can be ordered directly by emailing

Sunday, November 05, 2017

EFS @ ULTRAcinema, Mexico

Play Ground, the latest Langan/Le Cain short, will be included in a programme of Experimental Film Society films that will be screening in the sixth edition of annual ULTRAcinema festival. This takes place between November 30 and December 3, 2017 in Puebla, Mexico.

Venue: Sala 9 2 Norte #1205-A San Juan Aquiahuac San Andrés Cholula, Puebla 72810 Mexico.

Impulsive Film (2016) by Jann Clavadetscher
Play Ground (2017) By Vicky Langan/Maximilian Le Cain
Homo Sapiens Project (161-170) (2013) by Rouzbeh Rashidi
The Family Vault of James Hyland (2017) by Michael Higgins
Refining the Senses (2017) by Atoosa Pour Hosseini

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

INSIDE: Langan / Le Cain Feature @ TULCA

Inside, the first feature length film to have emerged from the collaboration between Vicky Langan and me, is now complete and will be playing on loop at TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway, November 3rd - 19th.

This Experimental Film Society production, funded by an Arts Council project award, excavates the sensations, desires and elusive chimeras of one woman’s inner life. Taking place in the isolated setting of a remote country cottage, it summons a haunting portrait of a woman adrift in a personal reality formed of her domestic rituals and frustrations. At once lyrical, unsettling and perverse, Inside is a chart of the growth patterns of solitude.

For more details on the film and to view the trailer, please visit:

Vicky and I will also be doing a live performance at TULCA on November 4th and delivering an artists' talk on the 13th.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Langan / Le Cain @ LUFF

Thanks to all involved for making it a truly memorable festival!

Our performance (photos by MojuVids, Alex Nguyen & Max Jacot)...

...and the EFS gang out in force!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

EFS @ @ FEDAXV 2017, Chile

Rouzbeh Rashidi will be at the Festival de Diseño Audiovisual Experimental Valdivia (FEDAXV) Chile (24-26, October 2017) to present two programmes of Experimental Film Society. This project made possible with support from Fedaxv and their sponsors. Special thanks to Roberto de la Parra and Gonzalo Aranda Toro.

Programme One:

1 Impulsive Film (2016) By Jann Clavadetscher / 2 Minutes / Ireland
2 Controle No6 (2014) By Jann Clavadetscher / 13 Minutes / Ireland
3 Murder (2014) By Michael Higgins / 5 Minutes / Ireland
4 The Family Vault of James Hyland (2017) By Michael Higgins / 14 Minutes / Ireland
5 Homo Sapiens Project (161-170) (2013) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / Ireland / 8 Minutes
6 Oasis (2015) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / 7 Minutes / Germany-Ireland
7 Gleanings (2017) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / 8 Minutes / Switzerland-Ireland
8 Refining the Senses (2017) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / 13 Minutes / Switzerland-Ireland

Total running time: 70 Minutes

Programme Two:

1 Contact (2011) By Vicky Langan/Maximilian Le Cain / 3 Minutes / Ireland
2 In the Place of Origin (2016) By Vicky Langan/Maximilian Le Cain / 17 Minutes / Ireland
3 Play Ground (2017) By Vicky Langan/Maximilian Le Cain / 16 Minutes / Ireland
4 Homo Sapiens Project (150) (2013) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / Ireland / 36mins

Total running time: 70 Minutes

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

PLAY GROUND: New Langan / Le Cain Collaboration

I’m delighted to announce the completion of Play Ground, the latest Vicky Langan / Maximilian Le Cain collaboration. This 16-minute film is a tribute to Frans Zwartjes. It was made was the support of Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, during our residency there this August. A slightly alternate version is also being used as part of the series of performances we are giving at the moment, including our upcoming appearance at LUFF (Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival).

Play Ground will receive its premiere as a film at Festival de Diseño Audiovisual Experimental Valdivia (FEDAXV) Chile (24-26, October 2017).