“Rashidi-Devereaux Cinema” is filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi, and actor James Devereaux. Both highly experienced in their respective fields, they began collaborating in 2010 and to this date they have made three feature films and number of short films together.
Rashidi & Devereaux intend to create work over many many years, using their unique filmmaker-actor collaborative methods to construct an extensive filmography. Several new productions are already in the pipeline, and this website aims to keep you right up to date with everything that’s happening; They will be posting news, articles, reviews, Q and As, interviews, plus trailers, blogs, screening news, and developments with the Rashidi-Devereaux film workshops.”
Rouzbeh Rashidi (born in Tehran, 1980) is an Iranian independent filmmaker. He has been making films since 2000 when he founded the Experimental Film Society in Tehran. Since then, he has worked 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.
His films are inspired by and constructed around images, locations, characters and their immediate situations. The stylistic elements that make up his distinctively personal film language include the use of natural light, professional and non-professional actors, slow paced rhythms, abstract plots, static shots and minimal dialogue. He employs a wide range of different formats and devices to make his films, including video, Super-8mm, webcam and mobile phone cameras. His consistently low-budget work is entirely self-funded and made with complete creative freedom.
Rouzbeh Rashidi has directed and produced forty short films. Since 2008, he has focused on feature projects, making several full length films. In August 2011 Rouzbeh Rashidi initiated an ongoing series of personal video works for both online and screen context entitled Homo Sapiens Project.
His films has been shown in many film festivals, galleries and showcases throughout the world.
He moved to Ireland in 2004 and currently lives and works in Dublin.
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James Devereaux is a dedicated stage and screen actor, and an exponent of Practical Aesthetics. His collaboration with Rouzbeh Rashidi began in 2010 with Closure Of Catharsis, described as the most inspiring film since Bela Tarr’s Satantango. Since then, he has worked on two more feature films with Rashidi; Boredom Of The Disgust And Monotony Of The Tediousness, and the Arts Council Of Ireland backed, HE. James has also appeared in several entries in the Homo Sapiens Project, Rashidi’s ongoing series of personal video works.
Other recent work includes, artist Gail Pickering’s performance-installation, 66 Signs of Neon, at the SouthBank Centre, as part of the British Art Show 7.
James also operates a film society called Drifting Clouds Cinema Group, which promotes arthouse film culture, screening the London debut of (An)Other Irish Cinema. He also runs a weekly blog, The Great Acting Blog, which explores the art and craft of acting, stimulating serious conversation about it’s technical, ethical and philosophical precepts. In addition, James writes and produces his own work, exploring the aesthetics of film and theatre - he most recently completed the oblique heist movie, Phone Box Gun.
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2011 - Closure of Catharsis
2012 - HE
2013 - There Is No Escape From The Terrors Of The Mind (In-Production)
Homo Sapiens Project is an ongoing series of personal video works by Rouzbeh Rashidi initiated in August 2011 for both online and screen context.
Featuring James Devereaux
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Produced By Experimental Film Society ©
HSP (30) / 30min Colour Stereo DSLR Ireland 2011
HSP (31) / 14min Colour B&W Stereo DSLR HDV Ireland 2011
HSP (38) / 10min Colour Stereo DSLR Ireland 2011
HSP (39) / 10min Colour Stereo DSLR Super8mm Ireland 2011
HSP (41) / 18min Colour Stereo DSLR UK 2011
HSP (61) / 5min B&W Stereo HDV Ireland 2012
HSP (131) / 30min Sepia-Tone Stereo DV UK Ireland 2012
HSP (134) / 10min Colour Stereo DSLR Ireland 2012
Featuring: James Devereaux, Maximilian Le Cain and Patricia Klich