Experimental Film Society Double Bill
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Experimental Film Society (Dublin) in association with Drifting Clouds Cinema Group (London) presents a double bill of new underground film by actor-auteur James Devereaux and experimental filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi at The Horse Hospital, London on 31st May 2014. The filmmakers will be at present to introduce the films and do a Q&A afterwards.
6.30 PM, 73mins, 2014, UK
Shot in black and white, Noirish Project is a bleak, absurd, melancholy slice of neo-realism masquerading as film noir. The film follows Jimmy and Billy, a couple of lowlifes, as they try to reclaim some lost pearls. Noirish Project is an elliptical, poetic film, made in response to a boredom with prevailing film aesthetics, it seeks to open a new chapter in British cinema."
HSP: There Is No Escape From The Terrors Of The Mind
8.00 PM, 120mins, 2013, Ireland/UK/Iran/Oman
HSP: There Is No Escape From The Terrors Of The Mind is a new feature film by one of Ireland’s most radical and acclaimed experimental filmmakers, Rouzbeh Rashidi. It follows the visions and travails of a tormented loner who appears hounded by a mysterious pursuer. Creating an intensely hypnotic audio-visual dream realm that is as uncannily beautiful as it is unsettling, Rashidi summons and sustains the atmosphere of dread of a horror film, but without the expected narrative trappings. HSP: There Is No Escape From The Terrors Of The Mind was supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.
James Devereaux is a stage and screen actor. He is also the founder of Drifting Clouds Cinema Group and the author of The Great Acting Blog, a daily blog focussing the technical and ethical aspects of being an actor.
Rouzbeh Rashidi is an Iranian independent filmmaker. He has been making films since 2000, working completely apart from any mainstream conceptions of filmmaking. He strives to escape the stereotypes of conventional storytelling and instead roots his cinematic style in a poetic interaction of image and sound. He generally eschews scriptwriting, seeing the process of making moving images as exploration rather than illustration. His work is also deeply engaged with film history.
Rashidi & Devereaux have been collaborating since 2010 as 'Rashidi-Devereaux Cinema', making six feature films together as well as a number of shorts as part of Rashidi's ongoing 'Homo Sapiens Project' film series. "
On Experimental Film Society
"Experimental Film Society (EFS) is an independent, not-for-profit entity specialising in avant-garde, independent and no/low budget filmmaking. It was founded in 2000 in Tehran, Iran by Rouzbeh Rashidi and has been based in Dublin, Ireland since 2004. 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 archives and produces films by EFS members; he arranges, curates and presents screenings and online hosting (EFS Video Archive) of these works. He also conceived and produced the EFS portmanteau feature film The Last of Deductive Frames and the EFS sound project Cinema Cyanide."