New Book: Luminous Void by Experimental Film Society

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Over the last year and a half, we have been working in partnership with the Dublin-based Experimental Film Society, collaborating on screenings, writing, film production and a general exchange of ideas. We are very pleased to announce that EFS are publishing a new book called ‘Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents’ and we have been invited to contribute an article. Full details about the crowdfunding campaign for publication can be found here.


Experimental Film Society (EFS) from EFS Video Archive on Vimeo.


Announcement by Rouzbeh Rashidi:

“EFS is launching an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign to cover the design and printing expenses of Luminous Void, a book-length history of the Irish-based experimental film collective’s first two decades of activity.


I have spent two years gathering and compiling material for Luminous Void, a series of essays, documents and in-depth interviews with EFS filmmakers. The content of the book is now almost ready for publication but EFS is seeking your help to cover the design of the book and a print run.

This fully-illustrated volume will include an introductory essay by curators Daniel Fitzpatrick and Alice Butler (AEMI); an article on EFS cinema by renowned film critic Adrian Martin; an account of the history of EFS and a number of their manifestos; in-depth interviews with EFS members; texts by Esperanza Collado and Maximilian Le Cain; and a statement on contemporary alternative cinema by Daniel Fawcett and Clara Pais of The Underground Film Studio, a sister organisation to EFS. The look and layout of the book will be designed by typographer Bornā Izadpanāh. The cover will be created by Pouya Ahmadi, a noted graphic designer and former EFS member.


The work of EFS filmmakers is distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema. They have in common an exploratory approach to filmmaking, and their films foreground mood, atmosphere, visual rhythms, the interplay of sound and picture, and the nature and subjectivity of the image. These films have been widely screened in cinemas, festivals and art venues around the world.


To find out more about the campaign and the perks being offered, please visit: