LIVING IN THE STORY
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.
A short version exploring three photographic series dealing with immigration/internment and nuclear issues is available. These issues are particularly relevant today, in light of escalating threats of war, toxic pollution and a growing refugee population worldwide.
Scott Nagatani’s hauntingly beautiful music score provides the film’s soundtrack.
“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