Living in the Story documents thirty-five years of art-making by photographer Patrick Nagatani. The film portrays an artist deeply concerned with world events, who uses imagery and storytelling to raise awareness about modern anxieties, with an emphasis on the threat of nuclear weapons. Despite the serious content of his subject matter, his innovative images are compelling and entertaining. An engaging raconteur and teacher, Nagatani talks in the film about his projects, his unorthodox photographic techniques, and his subtle weaving together of fiction and fact.

Scott Nagatani’s hauntingly beautiful music score provides the film’s soundtrack.



Best Feature Documentary, Dalmatia Film Festival
Best Medium Length Film, FIC AUTOR Film Festival

November 15, 2018 – Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, 6:30 PM, Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catherine Street, Philadelphia, PA
November 16, 2016 - FIC AUTOR (Author's International Film Festival), Guadalajara, Mexico
November 28, 2018 – Anderson Auditorium, Edgewood College, 4:30 PM, Madison, WI
January 31, 2019 – University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
April 2, 2019 – Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
April 4, 2019 – Duke University, Durham, NC

Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA
Vermont Center for Photography/In-Sight Photography Project/Marlboro College, Brattleboro, VT
NewFilmmakers @ Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY
Griffin Museum of Photography/Laconia Gallery, Boston, MA
The Neon Theater, Dayton, OH
Benicia Film Festival, Benicia, CA
Dalmatia Film Festival, Split, Croatia
Film Festival of Columbus, Columbus, OH
Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards, Lisbon, Portugal
Alexandre Trauner Art/Film Festival Panorama Section, Szolnok, Hungary
New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM
Society for Photographic Education (SPE) National Conference, Philadelphia, PA
Max Kade Theatre, Armstrong Hall, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
Anderson Center for the Arts, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
Antioch Community Cinema, in conjunction with Nuclear Fallout: The Bomb in Three Archives exhibition
Otterbein University, Westerville, OH
Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA


“I love it – I love that Patrick tells the tale entirely himself; that he steps beyond the front world of the filming to take me into his looping mind. The fun and of the journey comes across beautifully, yet also the political pointedness, punctuated by curt phrases
like about becoming Catholic to fit in ‘but that didn't work.’ "
– John Rohrbach, Senior Curator of Photographs at the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX

“It's wonderful to hear Patrick's ideas expressed in his own voice alongside the work. The film is terrific!”
– Mary Statzer, Curator of Prints & Photographs, University of New Mexico Art Museum

“It’s a wonderful and breathless exploration of Nagatani’s diverse body of work and the themes and ideas he opens up. I really enjoyed it.”
– Joel Neville Anderson, NY Japan Society and JAPAN CUTS Programmer


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