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

October 11, 2018 – Colorado College, Max Kade Theatre, Armstrong Hall, 5:30 PM, Colorado Springs, CO
October 14, 2018 – Alexandre Trauner Art/Film Festival Panorama Section, Szolnok, Hungary
October 24, 2018 – Otterbein University, Columbus, OH
October 25, 2018 – The Neon Theater, 7:30 PM, 130 E. 5th Street, Dayton, OH
October 26, 2018 – Antioch Community Cinema, in conjunction with Nuclear Fallout: The Bomb in Three Archives, exhibiton
Reception: 3 PM, Herndon Gallery, Film Screening and Q&A with director: 4 PM, ASB 219, Antioch, Yellow Springs, OH
October 30, 2018 – Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY
November 11, 2018 – Griffin Museum of Photography @Laconia Gallery, 4 PM, 433 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA
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 29, 2018 – 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
Benicia Film Festival, Benicia, CA
Dalmatia Film Festival, Split, Croatia
Film Festival of Columbus, Columbus, OH
New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM
Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards, Lisbon, Portugal
NewFilmmakers @ Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY
Society for Photographic Education (SPE) National Conference, Philadelphia, PA
Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
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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