Cinema Thoughts Archive:

26 Oct 2016

Cassette Tapes and Vinyls

As far back as I can remember, I have been deeply attached to music and collecting records. Cinema and…

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16 Oct 2016

There Is No Such Thing as a Guilty Pleasure

I had a discussion about movies with a friend of mine a while ago, and after I explained the…

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14 Oct 2016

The Best – And Worst Iranian Filmmakers (Personal List)

The Best – And Worst filmmakers in entire history of Iranian cinema in my view: The Best (Formally challenging,…

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06 Oct 2016

EFS & Arnold Layne

The Experimental Film Society is a luminous void and of course a seminal nightmare. Arnold Layne would have approved!…

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28 Sep 2016

The Cinema Is Immense

The most important thing is to refute the fact held by many, that the invention of Cinema is now…

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27 Sep 2016

Areas of Concern II

1_The history of film is so vast and enormous that even in your wildest dreams you cannot imagine it….

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24 Sep 2016


One thing I really feel the lacking of is the disappearance of low-key lighting and amount of darkness in…

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21 Sep 2016

Cinema Etiquette (1)

I would very much like to see the management to complain and advertise my business at the same time…

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08 Sep 2016

Porth an Men

A very touching and beautiful email I received recently from a colleague of mine in response to my Cinema Thoughts’s…

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05 Sep 2016

New Direction

Over the past sixteen years I have been working on and developing a very particular type of Cinema, which…

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04 Sep 2016

The Hardest Part Is When You’re In It

Some experiments I did years ago with Kodak GC/UltraMax 400 Color Negative Film + Canon FTb with Canon FD…

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31 Aug 2016

Gulf War: Operation Desert Shield

The only way to realise what your country is and how it functions is to be 100%, fully out…

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30 Aug 2016

Proposal “X”

“X” will be a poetic examination of experimental filmmaking in Ireland and Iran viewed through the personal prism of my…

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23 Aug 2016

A Feedback

Recently I showed number of my features to an old friend of mine and  he sent me an interesting…

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06 Aug 2016

Image Making

When you have zero affinity with the accepted images of sociopolitical or family life and with the entire spectrum…

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03 Aug 2016

Why Cinema?

The biggest downfall of art, and particularly in my hypothesis, Cinema, comes from conclusion, resolution, and understanding. How much…

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03 Aug 2016

Mathematic of Film

Films are pseudo-memories and contain crime of nostalgia for the future. It takes a very long time to be…

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02 Aug 2016

Extravaganza in Cinema

I am obsessed with extravaganza in Cinema, wild costumes in films and these extraordinary actresses! 1_Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra…

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22 Jun 2016

How to deal with rejections?

During the professional life of an underground/alternative filmmaker, there is an almost inevitable challenge, that is perhaps one of…

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08 Jun 2016

Kino Apparatus

Whatever I have done in filmmaking has and will always be about Cinema itself, I surrender to nothing outside…

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29 May 2016

Recollections of the Yellow House

‘Rashidi-Devereaux Cinema’ was a collaborative project by myself and actor James Devereaux, which ran between 2010 and 2014. Together…

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28 May 2016

I Fetishize the Cinema

In filmmaking and within the machine of Cinema only one thing matters, hard work. Every single day. Talent, luck…

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22 May 2016

A Lesson

Around our EFS events I am always engaged in conversation with the audience, organisers and other personnel. I always…

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21 May 2016

Luminous Void Exhibition Ends

Today our exhibition “Luminous Void” will end. Luminous Void was a six-week Experimental Film Society exhibition at Triskel Project…

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19 May 2016

Hans Hirschmüller

Sometimes if you watch many films, especially over a short period of time, they come and go; you simply…

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17 May 2016

Three articles on EFS

These three texts reflect on the core ideologies behind Experimental Film Society; ideas that are progressed through the singular…

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11 May 2016

4 Multiple Exposure 35mm Photographs

Four 35mm photographs I took with Konica Centuria Super 400 + Canon FTb / FDn 50mm f/1.8 lens in…

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09 May 2016

35mm Negative Film Collection

Collection of 35mm negative films that I have worked with throughout the years. (Work In Progress) –Rouzbeh Rashidi

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06 May 2016

Poodle Stabbers

A 35mm (ILFORD Delta 3200 Professional + Nikon EF) photograph I took recently during our current EFS exhibition “Luminous…

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02 May 2016

Thank You AEMI

We at Experimental Film Society are extremely excited to present our films as part of the COLLECTIVISM programme curated…

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30 Apr 2016

20 Facts I Have Learned in Filmmaking

20 Important experiences that can be very useful in micro/low-budget underground filmmaking: 1_Never wait for permission from others to…

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26 Apr 2016

The Jesse James Case

The Return of Frank James (1940) is a very interesting case as it is a sequel that is much…

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21 Apr 2016

Psychedelic Kinetic Carpet

Traces of Cinema: Psychedelic Kinetic Carpet. (The Schwarzenberg Carpet – Central Iran circa 1550).

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20 Apr 2016

Tragedy of Cinema

Even if we fail at relationships, friendships, careers, basic tasks or just ‘being’ in general, we can still watch…

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15 Apr 2016

The way “WE” accept your films

Every so often I am approached by film programmers, festival curators and other individuals (all from the western political…

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10 Apr 2016

2001: A Space Odyssey

We Just watched Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) in Irish Film Institute (IFI) on the glorious 70mm print with 8.1…

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09 Apr 2016

Cinema/Activism! What do you think?

Does a work of art (in this case FILM) have to comment on socio-political conditions in a direct way?…

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01 Apr 2016

Filmmakers & Film Festivals

I really admire and respect film festivals when they provide feedback with a personal note about your film, how…

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14 Mar 2016

Two Favorite Recent Quotes

“The worst thing that could happen to a filmmaker is having a cause, a theme—a political or social one….

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09 Mar 2016


The most populist art is taking for granted the intellect and senses of the audience. It uses socio-political approaches…

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03 Mar 2016

EFS Cinema

My ultimate goal is to open a cinema, simply called EFS CINEMA. I have been thinking about this and…

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26 Feb 2016

Chantal Akerman’s No Home Movie

Chantal Akerman’s No Home Movie (2015) is not only NOT a home movie but also refuses to sit like…

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24 Feb 2016

Claudia Cardinale

Yesterday at Dublin International Film Festival, for a flash of a second, I saw Claudia Cardinale after the screening…

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21 Feb 2016

“Luminous Void”

From 2011, when we began to organise our own Experimental Film Society screenings, the urge to accompany these shows…

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15 Feb 2016

Socio-Political Representation

A few months ago I was approached by an individual to make an ‘essay film’ about Iran (employing the…

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09 Feb 2016

All Films Are Fictions

There is a scene in Michael Curtiz’s The Sea Wolf (1941) where the character ‘Wolf’ Larsen (played by Edward…

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29 Jan 2016

Farewell Jacques Rivette

“People who go to, say, one film every two weeks and tell themselves, "I will see the great films,…

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11 Dec 2015

Au revoir Chantal: Philippe Garrel Remembers Chantal Akerman

The following is my translation from the original French of a piece that appeared in the November 2015 issue…

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06 Dec 2015

Misconceptions in Cinema

It is astonishing how in each culture (between languages) concepts, notions, themes, ideas and subsequently the meanings generated can…

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01 Dec 2015

The Most Important Things: Character and Professionalism

Recently I worked with an individual on quite a big project and I learned a few important lessons. These…

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13 Oct 2015

Strange Questions

A great interview with Peter Tscherkassky where he addresses some of the many issues that surround experimental cinema, such…

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10 Oct 2015


The 47th Experimental Film Society screening took place at the Cinematheque of Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in September…

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09 Aug 2015

Filmmaking In Abstraction

It has become increasingly evident to me that nothing in any spoken or written form of language can satisfy,…

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29 Jul 2015

Question from a fellow filmmaker

“Dear Mr. Rashidi, I’m getting to be an old man, having worked in the film and television industry for…

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17 Jul 2015

“A Brief Factual History of EFS”

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is an independent, not-for-profit entity specializing in avant-garde, independent and no/low budget filmmaking. I founded…

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13 Jul 2015


The greatest achievement in colour cinematography is undoubtedly Technicolor in my view!

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06 Jul 2015

EFS Cinema

From 2000 until 2011 the main focus of Experimental Film Society was to produce films, and though that is…

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01 Jun 2015

Come and Go

Today, June 1st 2015 marked the 11th anniversary of my emigration from Iran to Ireland. I was 23 years…

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29 May 2015

Two Men in Manhattan & Magnet of Doom

Some filmmakers can never make great films outside of their own homeland, native territory or mother-tongue language. The reason…

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22 May 2015

Kubrick, Monteiro & Schubert

I regard these two scenes among the greatest scenes in the history of film. Not only are both utterly…

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11 May 2015

Soviet Union Cinema

If I had to choose films from only one country (out of all the countries on the planet) it…

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30 Apr 2015

Jean Rollin & Terrors

The stunning soundtrack by Philippe D’Aram for Jean Rollin’s Masterpiece “Fascination” (1979).  I used some of these tracks in…

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05 Apr 2015

EFS Publications

“EFS Publications” gives form to an impulse long present in the Society towards reflection on cinema. In its pages,…

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05 Apr 2015

RIP Manoel de Oliveira

Over eight decades he constantly re-invented himself and renewed his cinematic energy, the great Manoel de Oliveira was almost…

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31 Mar 2015

Post-Premiere Feedbacks on TEN YEARS IN THE SUN

In just a few days following the premiere of TEN YEARS IN THE SUN at JDIFF, I have received…

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13 Feb 2015

Experimental Film Society Statement

Experimental Film Society Statement (Part 1) Jean Cocteau called cinema ‘death at work’, and it is this aspect of…

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11 Feb 2015

Past, Present & Future of Cinema

“Thirst drove me down to the water where I drank the moon’s reflection.” Rūmi Today we are bombarded with…

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05 Feb 2015

Rainer Werner Fassbinder & Werner Schroeter

Rainer Werner Fassbinder to Werner Schroeter: “Werner, you are the white angel, I am the black angel.”

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02 Feb 2015

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

I really admire the homage and references to Fassbinder’s early characters when they reappear throughout his later films. These…

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31 Jan 2015

Important Personal Experiences

Important experiences that can be very useful in micro/low-budget underground filmmaking:  1_ONLY work with a person who you are…

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26 Jan 2015


Whether a film operates outside or within the commercial parameters of cinema, it should always treat an audience with…

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20 Jan 2015

Edward Steichen

Edward Steichen is one of the biggest inspirations for me. He influenced me as much as Andrei Tarkovsky or…

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11 Jan 2015

Ideas from Indeterminacy in music for CINEMA

Ideas and approaches that a filmmaker can apply from Indeterminacy in MUSIC for CINEMA:  Indeterminacy in music is represented by…

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09 Jan 2015

Music & Cinema

–“Music is essentially built upon primitive memory structures.” –“Do we have anything in music for example that really wipes…

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25 Nov 2014

Why do you make these things?

A very intense programme of Experimental Film Society short films screened yesterday evening to a strong audience in Temple Bar Gallery +…

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20 Nov 2014

Dead Actors

The most upsetting thing in cinema is when an actor/actress dies. You can really feel that they are gone,…

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31 Oct 2014


Over the years I have downloaded many films that did not have subtitles. I kept them in a special…

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26 Oct 2014

Human Models Of Inner-City

In early 2000’s I wanted to make a feature film called “Human Models Of Inner-City” in the streets of…

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25 Oct 2014

Buster Keaton

I have been watching Buster Keaton’s films with my friend Jann Clavadetscher for the past few days and we…

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26 Sep 2014

Ten Facts I Have Learned in Filmmaking

1_Never wait for permission from others to make films. 2_Never waste your time waiting on grants, funding or any…

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10 Sep 2014

Reflections on filmmaking

Recently I modified, re-exported and re-uploaded a number of my early feature films. These experimental features were made as…

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11 Aug 2014


Watching the films of Jean Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, for me, is like still being somewhere between the…

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09 Aug 2014

Feature Film

This piece of writing expresses my personal views and does not reflect the whole of Experimental Film Society. I…

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06 Aug 2014

Le Camion

The more I see Marguerite Duras’s films the more I realise that how deeply I am influenced by her…

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03 Aug 2014


Cinema is a 100% technical process, and requires extreme skill and mastery of craft to make for any achievement…

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19 Jul 2014

The Films That Only YOU Can make

This piece of writing only expresses my own personal views and does not reflect the whole of Experimental Film Society….

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04 Jul 2014

Film is a way of life

I have always believed that it is absolutely impossible to explain a film simply because it is an “experience”….

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22 Jun 2014

Making Films

I have made 28 feature length films between 2000 and present (2014); twenty-six of them were made entirely with…

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21 Jun 2014

Force of the Past – Pier Paolo Pasolini

I am a force of the Past.My love lies only in tradition.I come from the ruins, the churches,the altarpieces,…

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20 Jun 2014

Interview with Pasolini

One of the best interviews I have ever seen with the great Pier Paolo Pasolini. -Could we say that all…

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19 Jun 2014

Cinema (2)

This is the reason I make films: Ennio Morricone and Segio Leone Listen HERE

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16 Jun 2014

Film History

Recently I heard a statement that left me stunned, shocked and subsequently made me think:  “The history of cinema…

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24 May 2014

Cinema (1)

This is the reason I make films: Jean-Pierre Melville

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18 May 2014

Cinema and Technology

Cinema is 100% relies on the technology of its time and the way you make films and screen them…

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15 May 2014

Light & Quiet

A photograph from my very first no-budget feature film “Light & Quiet.” We shot the film in 2002 in…

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13 May 2014

Straub & Huillet Interview

A fascinating interview with Jean Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet. This is very close to what I am struggling to…

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12 May 2014


One mysterious synopsis is enough to make an entire feature length film from rather than script. 

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12 May 2014

Music & Camera Movement

My dream is to make a film like Martin Scorsese, Abel Ferrara, Seijun Suzuki, Marco Ferreri, Rainer Werner Fassbinder,…

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07 May 2014

Strange Cinema

I love all kinds of cinema and have been watching films all my life. If you are a filmmaker…

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07 May 2014

Unfinished Films

I have always felt that the films I am making are so incomplete and unfinished; it is impossible to…

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07 May 2014

Old Audience

Today my film was screened to about 30 audience age between 70 to 90 years old, mostly old-ladies and…

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07 May 2014


I have always thought about this quote by the great Stan Brakhage. It is a very discomforting, strange and yet…

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07 May 2014

19th Century Cinema

Today I went to LUX Moving Image free talk about “Artists Moving Image: Access, Archives and Distribution, a discussion about the…

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07 May 2014

A Sentiment

Some personal thoughts: the most enjoyable part in cinema, apart from watching films from history of cinema, is the…

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