'At One Fell Swoop I Dreamed Myself into Drifting Cities' - by Nikola Gocić

'At One Fell Swoop I Dreamed Myself into Drifting Cities' - by Nikola Gocić features at EFSPublications.

"... the Vagabond of Experimental Film Society Michael Higgins, it is pretty easy to dream yourself into their frames (and get lost out there), to paraphrase the most sincere line of Drifting Cities (2017), especially if you are a sucker for the flickering textures of decaying analog media. However, what poses as a challenge is the process of dreaming yourself out of them, and then finding the right words to describe the phantasmagoric experience as accurately (or rather, poetically) as possible. In that regard, the following text is a modest attempt at re-dreaming two of Higgins’s longest pieces – At One Fell Swoop (2015) and his latest, abovementioned feature."

Process! 22nd-26th March 2018

Delighted about my new short film, ICE, to accompany Experimental Film Society to Process Film Festival in Riga.

Other EFS films within the short film programme include La Picota, Ana González, 2018, CO, 3’, HD Contact, Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, IE, 3’, HD Feed Me, Maximilian Le Cain, 2016, Ireland, 3’, HD Universal Film, Jann Clavadetscher, 2018, IE, 3’, HD Ice, Michael Higgins, 2018, IE, 5’, HD Homo Sapiens Project (161-170), Rouzbeh Rashidi, 2013, Ireland, 8’, HD Image Turned Down, Maximilian Le Cain, 2011-2014, IE/GR, 20’, Super 8mm
Other EFS events include A curated short film programme entitled FEAR curated by Rouzbeh Rashidi and Max Le Cain,  an expanded cinema performance, Refining the Senses by Atoosa Pour Hosseini, a DJ set by Vicky Langan and lastly a panel discussion on Alternative Film Communities involving Rouzbeh Rashidi, Max Le Cain and Atoosa Pour Hosseini.
Lots more information can be found HERE and HERE

The Poorhouse Revisited

Issue #4 of FOUND FOOTAGE Magazine is out now!
Among the fantastic articles, essays and reviews The Poorhouse Revisited makes a small appearance.

The Poorhouse
In 1996 the half-hour IFB/RTÉ period drama entitled ‘Poorhouse’ was broadcast. Directed by Frank Stapleton and based on a short story by Michael Harding, the film is set during the time of Ireland’s Great Famine. The plot concerns the relationship of an elderly gravedigger and a young woman. Powerfully evoking a cultural memory of hardship and loss from 150 years previously, the film slipped into obscurity in a forward-looking era.

The Poorhouse Revisted 15 years later I discovered the discarded film rushes outdoors on the Ringsend Peninsula, Dublin. The scattered reels of decayed 16mm material - literally unearthed, consisted of some 120mins of slated scenes, re-takes and camera tests. Restored, re-worked and re-edited, the corrupted frames now resemble fragments of memories distorted through exposure to time and it’s natural …

Hyland goes to Mexico.

A big thanks to Rouzbeh Rashidi and EFS in getting The Family Vault of the Late James Hyland among others to Mexico. The 1st March will see the below programme play at Esto Es Para Esto in Monterrey City, Mexico. 

La Picota (2018) By Ana González / 3Minutes / Colombia Universal Film (2018) By Jann Clavadetscher / 3Minutes / Ireland Homo Sapiens Project (161-170) (2013) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / Ireland / 8mins The Family Vault of James Hyland (2017) By Michael Higgins / 14Minutes / Ireland Play Ground (2017) By Vicky Langan/Maximilian Le cain / 16Minutes / Ireland Refining the Senses (2017) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / 13Minutes / Switzerland-Ireland

EFS and Drifting Cities goto Ecuador

I'm delighted for Drifting Cities to be included in a fantastic line up of EFS films to be screened 16th - 18th March, Quito, Ecuador at the Cinematic Nacional del Ecuador Ulises Estrella.

Films include
Jann Clavadetscher's Kino Hospital
Inside by Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain
Phantom Islands by Rouzbeh Rashidi
and select short films of Atoosa Pout Hosseini.

Rouzbeh Rashidi will be in attendance to introduce all screenings.


The Poorhouse Revisited goes to Cefalu, Italy - May 1st


ONC goes to Athens +Institute

Open Night Cinema and friends take part in a 40mins performance on the night of the 20th in Athens, Greece at +Institute [for Experimental Arts]. Loosly based on At the Hawk's Well by WB Yeats ONC will include numerous collaborators such as John Kavanagh, Andrea Murphy, John Linnane, Marta Libera Baptista, Cillian Roche, Alain Servant, Oli Ryan, Paraic O'Neill, Ambra Bergamasco and myself. Expect a little chaos. 

ONC will also produce an immersive video installation that will run for the duration of the festival. Entitled oooOOOooo it will present an alternate take of At the Hawk's Well that was performed secretly at the old Poolbeg Power Station in 2016.