Rohesia Metcalfe

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Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe is a filmmaker, video and web artist whose work is personal, experimental and dogma-resistantómost often deconstructively exploring the discrepancies between the seamless narratives of our myth, media and soundbyte-saturated world and the realities of private lives as lived. She has made two 16mm experimental films and seven videos, including KEEP MOVING (1984), LA BLANCHISSEUSE (1993), QUEEN OF THE MIST (1996) and EVERYONE MUST TIGHTEN THEIR BELTS (1997). Her work has been shown internationally in festivals (including Locarno VideoArt Festival, Dallas Video Festival, Experimenta, Tampere Film Festival, femme totale festival); in solo and group shows at art-film/video exhibition spaces (including Anthology Film Archives, Millennium Film Workshop and Art In General in New York and similar venues elsewhere); and on television (including 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 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 (several times), Black Maria Festival; and Prize for Experimental (Baltimore Film Festival). She is currently working on a web project exploring the elusive relationships between fact and fiction and also works as a freelance web and database designer/developer. Ms. Hamilton Metcalfe has coordinated major arts eventsóincluding an outdoor summer performing arts festival in Wellington, New Zealand, 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, theater and film and she has curated video for a touring program and has taught video image processing. Born in England, she grew up and was educated in New Zealand (BA in French and German literature, MA in Arts Administration, Victoria University of Wellington), and made her first film during a three-year stay in Sydney, Australia. She has lived and worked in New York City since 1984.