Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe - experimental filmmaker

Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe made 16mm experimental films and videos from 1982-2006. Her work is personal, experimental and dogma-resistant—exploring the discrepancies between the polarized narratives of our soundbyte-saturated world and the realities of private lives as lived.

Her films and video works have been shown internationally in festivals (Locarno VideoArt Festival, Dallas Video Festival, Experimenta, Tampere Film Festival, femme totale festival and others); in solo and group shows at art-film/video art exhibition spaces (including Anthology Film Archives, Millennium Film Workshop and Art In General in New York); and on television (Channel 13 and WNYC in New York, and WTN-Lifestyle Television in Canada).

She has received grants from the New Zealand Arts Council, the Australian Film Commission, New York State Council on the Arts, Niagara Council for the Arts and the Experimental Television Center, and she has been awarded creative residencies at The Experimental Television Center, MacDowell Colony for the Arts, Harvestworks, Millay Colony for the Arts and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Awards her work has received include First Prize (narrative), New Arts Project Festival; Director’s Choice, Black Maria Festival; and Prize for Experimental (Baltimore Film Festival).

In 2015 the British band “The Leaf Library” made a music video (Asleep Between Stations) set to re-edited footage from her film, KEEP MOVING.

Rohesia has also coordinated public art events—including an outdoor summer performing arts festival in Wellington, New Zealand (SUMMER ’79), and the performance art sections of two Sydney Biennales. She has worked in New Zealand, Australia and New York as set and lighting designer for dance and theater and she has curated several film and video programs. She served on the Board of Directors of the Filmmakers' Coop in New York 2006-2007.

Rohesia has been New York-based since 1984. In 2001 she established the website design company hamiltro website design—where she is currently owner, creative director and designer.