Updated: 17 / 11 / 2013

VISUALS FOR BW @ CFF: 16/11/2013

I did a new set of live visuals for Gavin Duffy's new solo act 'BW'. It was in the Cork Film Festival as support for the remix of 'A Field In England'.

I used a mix of material from myself and some of my extended circle of experimental film-makers - including Louis Bennasi, Julius Ziz, Max Le Cain, Esperanza Collado, Moira Tierney, Oriol Sanchez, Javier Otaduy, Khaled Hafez, Islam Kamal and Donal Dineen.

Hopefully we'll be able to repeat it somewhere. Here's a 2 minute excerpt from the mix;

Updated: 19 / 07 / 2013

FILMBASE SCREENING: 07/08/2013

THE END OF THE EARTH IS MY HOME

With live soundtrack by European Sensoria Band + Guests

With the World Premiere of Rouzbeh Rashidi & Maximilian Le Cain’s

WEIRD WEIRD MOVIE KIDS DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE

After the Triskel Cinema screening in May, which was the first outing of the new sound mastered by Ellisonik and newly graded picture, thanks to DKIT, TEOTEIMH is now starting another avenue as a subtitled silent film. The original musicians will reassemble to improvise a new soundtrack, in the same space that the original one was recorded. I am delighted to be able to present this version of the film alongside the world premiere of the new film by my good friends and fellow experimental filmmakers Rouzbeh Rashidi and Maximillian Le Cain who were of great support in completing my own film. Thanks also to Filmbase who supported the shooting of my film in the first place.

Check out the Experimental Film Society for more info on 'Weird Weird Movie Kids Do Not Watch The Movie'; http://www.experimentalfilmsociety.com/2013/07/a-double-bill-of-new-irish-experimental.html

'Weird Weird Movie Kids Do Not Watch The Movie'

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TEOTEIMH Trailer 2013

 

Updated: 01/ 05 / 2013

THE END OF THE EARTH IS MY HOME

TRISKEL CHRISTCHURCH CINEMA

SCREENING 31/05/2013

After the Darklight Festival Premiere last summer ( see below ) TEOTEIMH now travels to the Triskel Arts Centre Cinema in Cork. With new sound mastered by Ellisonik and newly graded picture, thanks to DKIT, this will be the first screening in full HD, from Blu-Ray. The screening is in collaboration with Black Sun Cinema, whose very own Cork based performance artist Vicky Langan appears in a pivotal role in the film. The director and some of the cast and crew will attend.

See the triskel cinema website for booking info:
http://triskelartscentre.ie/cinema

 

Updated: 12 / 08 / 2012

THE END OF THE EARTH IS MY HOME

DARKLIGHT FESTIVAL

PREMIERE 25/08/2012

This is a new film I've been shooting piece by piece over the past year. It's a science-fiction adaptation of the traditional Asian stories of the Monkey King. The film is now completed and will have its first screening at this year's Darklight Festival on the 25th of this month.

Festival website: darklight.ie

Buy Tickets here: entertainment.ie

Last autumn I completed a crowdfunding campaign to raise the completion budget on the Fundit website; FUNDIT

The cast features French actor Dominique Monot, Egyptian artist Mona Gamil, Japanese musician Junshi Murakami., Irish actress Fionnuala Collins, African actor Ademola Oladeji and Israeli artist Keshet Zur

Click here to see more info

Updated: June 2010

THE SEVENTH EARTH PROJECT

'ARCHIVE ONE'

This is the first release by the Seventh Earth Project on D1 Recordings. This was actually released last summer, but it has been slowly building and has sold out and been restocked in several Japanese outlets. ARCHIVE TWO will be on the way very soon.

PRESS RELEASE:

A long time ago 'Shakers and Dreamers' sent out a new electronic sound that set the tone for coming generations across their continent. Undercutting current commercial music structures, they emancipated the electronic musicians of the second 'Invisible Earth', Neptune. 120 million years ago, their tracks spread from venue to venue across the great lakes of Neptune's Canadian region.

Following close in their footsteps 'Foot-Sole Foreigner' brought the music south and married it with the acoustic fore-runners of the electronic revolution. Electronic music has always played an essential role in the cultural cycle of the 'Invisible Earths'.

4.5 billion years of independent electronic music and culture now lie scattered in the outer Oort cloud, and the atoms of their creators now circle in the great storm clouds of the Gas Giants. But all unknown to us.

'The Seventh Earth Project' are now archiving this lost music and culture and making it available to the audiences of this Earth, The Seventh Earth.

Here are the reviews and comments on the site and links to Soundcloud where you can listen to the tracks;

http://www.seventhearthproject.com

http://www.d1.ie

The mythology of it is built on my ongoing website 'The Seventh Earth'

EMERALD SKIES

This is a personal project I've been doing while working on some murals here in Emerald in Australia. I time-lapsed the sky over Emerald every day for a week, from Friday March 04 to Thursday March 10. It's a simple contemplative exercise, no music, no manipulation, just a restating of a timeless aspect of film - the manipulation of time. It's such an artificial process that I like counterpointing it by applying it to something purely natural, like the sky.

Here's the full page; Emerald Skies

Updated: 19 / 12 / 2009

FIRST M.D. FEATURE FILM PREMIERES AT 54th CORONA CORK FILM FESTIVAL

'OUROBOROS: OCEAN DREAMS' @ THE KINO CINEMA, CORK, 11:30PM, NOVEMBER 3RD

 

OUROBOROS: OCEAN DREAMS

'Ouroboros: Ocean Dreams' is a set of short improvised ghost stories made on mini-DV with a variety of artists in a variety of locations around the world, over the past year - from Bermuda to Philadelphia to Yokohama to Trinidad and New York, with composers, mural painters, stand up comics, animators and conceptual artists. 'Ouroboros' is the feature film comprising these short films when viewed end to end. The first short introduces the composer, whose story ultimately carries and connects the other stories. It is a film with a fragmented protagonist which spans many characters and whose story spans many locations.
The soundtrack includes contributions from the Ear Collective, Jezebel Maraschalchi, Five Green Circle, Dave Donohoe, Stephen Rennicks/Secret Society, Fergus Kelly, Dennis McNulty, Anthony Kelly and David Stalling, Chequerboard, Coretta Singer, Eamonn Doyle, Donnacha Costello and Metal Dragon.

 

Thanks again to everybody who contributed to the Ouroboros soundtrack.

Updated: 15 / 10 / 2009

D.E.A.F. FILM PROGRAMME 2009

 

Updated: 20 / 06 / 2009

Kratkofil Film Festival / Alan Lambert Improvised Film Workshop


'The Glacier'
Science Fiction / Drama
Colour / B+W
Serbian / English
Mini-DV
2009
12 min.

Film Premier: Banja Luka Youth Theatre, 10pm, July 20 2009.

KRATKOFIL: http://www.kratkofil.org

 


On Location with the workshop team in the Suteren Underpass in Banja Luka, June 2009

 

So, the week workshop here in Banja Luka at the Kratkofil Film Festival is finished and we're exporting as you read. I spent the week improvising a mini-DV pseudo 'Dogme' film with a group of volunteers. We made use of the local architecture and geography by creating 2 parallel storylines, in present day and future Banja Luka.

The film alternates between colour and black & white for present day and future, the future post-apocalyptic as usual but for environmental reasons. The characters in the film speak Serbian, subtitled in English, but the media speaks English, subtitled in Serbian, and, in an unexpected 'feedback loop' characteristic of near future environmental changes, the Balkans of 2032 have inner Arctic circle conditions. Banja Luka is surrounded by glaciers.

The glacier on the Vrbas river is melting and starts to release the debris it captured and preserved during its rapid formation during 2012, thus releasing the preserved body of Zoran 'Scooby' Prpa, who disappeared on the Vrbas rapids 20 years previously. His daughter Neda, with friends Belinda and Jovana, go to identify the body - Neda, at 21 years of age, faces her father, preserved at the same age.

'The Glacier' creates a bizarre and thought provoking experience for the young Neda and her friends.

Click here to download PDF of Stills

So, basically, we all made this film, with everybody doing a bit of everything, and that's -
Me, Neda Segrt, Belinda Bozickovic, Jovana Doric, Zoran Prpa, Andrej Birac, Sergej Slisko, Sara Corbic, Milan Dzaja, Dejan Milinovic, Sinisa Stjepanovic

- and it runs at about 12 minutes.

Thanks to the Kratkofil Festival for producing this project and thanks to Vladan Petkovic for suggesting it in the first place.

Metal Dragon and Solus @ Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market, Feb 2nd to 6th 2009.



Metal Dragon Short Films and Music Videos, and the first 'Solus' Collection of International Avant-Garde shorts are being presented this week at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market in France, by Corona Cork Film Festival Director Mick Hannigan.

"Clermont-Ferrand is the Cannes of short film, the single most important market for short film, and also one of the most prestigious short film festivals. It is attended by programmers of the major short film festivals, by short film agencies, by buyers and distributors. Cork has had a long association with the Clermont-Ferrand festival since we assisted them with the first major International retrospective of Irish short films in 1996. In 2007 and 2008 we hosted the Irish Short Film stand with some success."
Una Feeley, Cork Film Festival.

The Short Film Market runs from February 2nd to 6th 2009.
http://www.clermont-filmfest.com

Solus: Film Collective http://www.soluscollective.org

'OUROBOROS: OCEAN DREAMS'

The first screening of 'Ouroboros', a film I've been making bit by bit over the past 2 years, happened in Grace Space Exhibition Centre in Brooklyn, N.Y on Thursday November 6th, thanks to Jill and Moira;

GRACE SPACE: 840 BROADWAY, 2ND FLOOR, BROOKLYN, NY. 11206

The screening kicked off three days of screenings at Anthology Film Archives as part of the SOLUS Film Collective's NY launch.

For details and programmes see: http://www.soluscollective.org / http://www.moiratierney.net/solus.htm

NEW METAL DRAGON ALBUMS

'PTERANODON', first release on Metal Dragon Music, is currently available on this website, in selected shops, and will be launched in August.

SEE 'SOUNDS' FOR MORE DETAILS, MORE FREE Mp3 DOWNLOADS, AND WHERE YOU CAN BUY IT:

'The Turning Step' Mp3

'ANAXAGORAS' and 'THE IRON MOUNTAIN' will be the next releases on Metal Dragon Music.

SEE 'SOUNDS' FOR MORE DETAILS AND FREE Mp3 DOWNLOADS:

Acceptance Mark

 

 

 

D.E.A.F.

'D.E.A.F. Dublin Electronic Arts Festival', was an all Asian festival last year and my contribution was not in the form of visuals as in prevous years, but in the form of designing and maintaining the website, my first real attempt at doing so outside of my own sites.

This year I contributed to the film programme via our 'Solus Collective'. Check the 'film' section of the site for further details.

http://www.deafireland.com

THE EXPERIMENTAL FILM CLUB

The Experimental Film Club recently started in The Ha'penny Bridge Inn, last Sunday of every month. The club is run by Aoife Desmond, Esperanza Collado, Donal Foreman and myself. We show rare and classic experimental and avant-garde films and discuss them in the relaxed pub environment.

This month we tried something experimental with a more mainstream piece of work. We screened a live re-edit of 'Tron' as a silent film, with an original improvised soundtrack by 3epkano, who have played many silent film soundtracks.

 

Ken Perlin, special effects artist who worked on the original film, was in Dublin for the Darklight Digital Film Festival screening of Tron. He came along to the film club after his talk and wrote about our screening experiment in his blog; http://blog.kenperlin.com/?p=283

3epkano: http://www.smilingpolitelyrecords.com

http://www.experimentalfilmclub.blogspot.com

IMAFY

I performed a live visual mix for the opening night of 'IMAFY: International Media Art Forum For Youth', at the Art Palace on the banks of the Nile in Great Cairo, on April 6, by invitation of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.

 

http://www.fineart.gov.eg/imafy

While taking part in IMAFY I was interviewed by 2 Arabian Televison Stations. I am still waiting to find out if the Egyptian council recorded these interviews, but apparently they were seen throughout the Middle East. They were broadcast on;

Channel Two: Egyptain Satelilite Channel. 6pm News: Monday April 7, 2008

Channel One: Egyptian Satellite Channel. 6pm News: Wednesday April 9, 2008

And below is an Al Jazeera interview that I'm still trying to get translated;

AL JAZEERA INTERVIEW ( Paragraph 3 )

LUXOR UNIVERSITY SCREENING

I presented a screening of 'Solus' Irish and international film and animation in the Fine Art Faculty of South Valley University, Luxor, Egypt, April 13 / 14. and held a Q+A about animation and new media techniques and the their current state in Ireland.

http://www.svu.edu.eg/links/svuprfile/overview.htm

ALEXANDRIA FILM FESTIVAL

While in Egypt I was also invited to programme the Irish and Northern European section of the 24th Alexandria International Film Festival, to be held in August. Hopefully I will be atteding and wll be able to present the Irish films.

SICHUAN EARTHQUAKE APPEAL

On May 25th there was a candlelght vigil held in Smithfield for the victims of the Sichuan Earthquake. This was attended by over 2,000 people. I did a live visual mix for this event, co-ordinated by Chinese events organiser and radio presenter Oliver Wang.

Irish Chinese Sichuan Earhquake Appeal

SOLUS DVD LAUNCH

'Solus: Independent Film Collective' DVD Volume 1, was launched in 'This Is Not A Shop' Gallery, Benburb Street, Dublin, on February 19th. The launch was attended by legendary Avant-Garde film-maker Jonas Mekas, who hosted the collective's first screening in Anthology Film Archives in New York in 1999

http://www.soluscollective.org

ANMAE CARIBE

In October 2007 I curated and presented a programme of Irish animation for the Anmation and New Media Festival in Trindad, via 'Solus'. The screening was held in the National Museum in The Port Of Spain.

Camille Selvon Abrahams, Joan Vogelsang, Mohamed Ghazala, Me, Will Bishop Stephens, Joan Asworth, Dotti Colvin, Olun Riley, Coretta Singer and Roxanne Colthrust at the Animae Caribe award ceremony.

http://www.animaecaribe.com

OTHER VISUALS / LIVE EVENTS

There was a screening of an M.D. videomix in the ZEN Rooftop Club - courtesy of Che Lovelace and 'The Amateurs', Trinidad and Tobago DJ group - during Animae Caribe last October.

There was also an M.D. visuals mix for Murcof - at the Nieland Gallery in Sligo in July last year, thanks to supporting act Chequerboard. I worked with Feargal Nealon of 'I-Spy Visuals' on this and he also helped with the M.D. visual mix for the Asia Market's Gala evening in the RDS, last November. The RDS evening featured international artists from China, India, Brazil and Ireland. It was organised and presented by Oliver Wang.

INDIAN DANCE BY TILLOTAMA NANDY AT THE RDS, November '07

Since 1995 Metal Dragon has been providing a variety of creative services for independent film and music productions - ranging from music videos for independent electronic musicians, to slide and video installations for clubs, live events and festivals.

M.D.'s visual and thematic material draws from a wide range of sources, having worked in the graphic arts in China, Korea, Japan, Australia, Siberia, North America, Canada, The Middle East, The Caribbean and most of Europe. M.D. films and videos generally allow the rich cultural mix and diversity of these backgrounds to speak for themselves, with little stylization except for simple colour enhancement and looping for more minimal electronic work.

Between 2000 and 2003, based on the variety of footage gathered ( much of it from the Far East ), Metal Dragon developed a futuristic thriller based on the traditional Chinese stories of the Monkey King – Curretly a work in progress with the working title of 'The End Of The Earth Is My Home'.

Since developing these scripts M.D. has returned to more experimental but narrative based short digital films and has screened these works, in addition to music videos, in festivals like Darklight, Digital Film Festival, in Ireland, and Irish programmes in venues like Anthology Film Archives in New York, and institutes like the Contemporary Arts Centre in St.Petersburg.

In addition to film and video work, M.D.'s personal work since 2003 culminates in 'The Seventh Earth' project, which is a more conceptual ongoing website based project: http://www.theseventhearth.com

Metal Dragon Music is a new branch of M.D. activity which will begin by releasing previously unreleased original film soundtrack work produced by Metal Dragon throughout the 90’s. The label will then act as a platform for future releases of compilation soundtracks for experimental M.D. films: sounds