Private Project

Apple Pie

Apple Pie is a new feature length art film by New Zealand artist Sam Hamilton shot over 3 years on super 16mm film with Samoan dance artist Ioane Papali'i in Aotearoa New Zealand, Samoa, and an astrophysics observatory atop a remote mountain in the Central Oregon high plain desert.

With its ten semi-autonomous, yet systemically correlative lines of inquiry – each taking its conceptual departure from objects of our solar system -Apple Pie is best approached as a relational architecture to inhabit rather than a linear narrative to follow.
A map rather than a script.
A cinematic ecology to playfully yet critically explore the ontological fabric of who – and how- we are in relation to the universe, and the mechanics of its existence.
A constellation of new materialist and situationist meditations; sub-atomic choreographies; cognitive meta-objects; photonic sculptures; remappings of political meridians and other imaginatively charged ceremonial homage’s to the world; to being; and to the vital agencies of their intersection.

A new view of the night sky.

  • Sam Hamilton
    Parasitic Fantasy Band, Blue Tide Black Water, MAU Dance Company,
  • Sam Hamilton, Mark Williams, Lauren Waudé
    CIRCUIT Artist Film & Video Aotearoa
  • Ioane Papali'i
    Key Cast
    MAU Dance Company
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature, Other
  • Genres:
    art film, contemporary art, performance, critical, astronomy, physics, relational aesthetics, 16mm film, avant garde, noise, expanded ecology, science, temporal sculpture, Tim based arts, essay, speculative inquiry
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 22 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 14, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    46,000 NZD
  • Country of Origin:
    New Zealand
  • Country of Filming:
    New Zealand, Samoa, United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    super 16mm film
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • New Zealand International Film Festival
    Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, New Plymouth
    New Zealand
    July 15, 2016
    Home country premier, Southern Hemisphere premier
    great reviews
  • Portland Art Museum
    United States
    April 1, 2017
    North America
  • Seattle Film Forum
    United States
    April 8, 2017
  • Panel LA
    Los Angeles
    United States
    April 27, 2017
  • Bread & Salt
    San Diego
    United States
    April 21, 2017
    San Francisco
    United States
    April 30, 2017
  • Holland Project
    United States
    April 29, 2017
  • Ace Hotel
    Palm Springs
    United States
    April 23, 2017
  • Thousand Lights
    Joshua Tree
    United States
    April 19, 2017
    United Kingdom
    May 10, 2017
  • Queensland Film Festival
    July 10, 2017
Distribution Information
  • Circuit Artist Film & Video Aotearoa
    Country: New Zealand
Director Biography - Sam Hamilton

Sam Hamilton is an award winning inter-disciplinary artist from K’rd, Aotearoa New Zealand currently living in the US.

Over the last decade and a half, Hamilton has worked substantially across, and through, a range of mediums and critical concerns that have converged to form a highly modular and hybridized practice that incorporates film and video, photography, sound, composition and music, writing, performance, installation and sculpture.
He has worked and collaborated on projects as broad as composing for the Lemi Ponifasio / MAU Dance Company to researching bio-acoustics and relational art in the Amazon jungles of Brazil, Peru and Colombia; from working inside active island volcanoes to an abandoned high school in central Athens; from performing in the Australian Outback Desert to Manhattan contemporary art spaces; from developing commissioned works for sculpture parks to creating photo series, pop records, situationist sound walks, video installations, several short experimental film works and a recent feature length art film shot on 16mm film in the South Pacific ocean.

He is the recipient of the Art Foundations New Generation Artist Award; multiple grants from CNZ, Wallace Arts Trust, CIRCUIT, Creative Communities and SOUNZ; The Starving Artist Award, several artist residencies in the Netherlands, Brazil, Berlin, the US and Greece.

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