Film on Photographic Innovator Nagatani to Screen at Hartwick

Film producer Lynn Estomin will present her documentary “Living in the Story,” about legendary photographer, storyteller, and artist Patrick Nagatani, on Wednesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in Room 138 of Anderson Center for The Arts on the Hartwick College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Estomin will also hold a Q&A session after the screening.

Nagatani (1945-2017) pioneered the Contemporary Constructed Photographic Movement in Los Angeles in the late 1970s. He developed a new visual vocabulary by constructing tableau photographs from sets, sculptures, models, and paintings. His work commented on modern social and political issues; a central theme concerned the threat of nuclear weapon technology.

He also explored healing techniques and states of consciousness in which the material world was transcended.

The film focuses on Nagatani’s unorthodox photographic techniques, and his weaving together fact and fiction, buoyed by a haunting, beautiful musical score.

Professor of Art Katharine Kreisher organized the screening.

“We are fortunate to pull Lynn Estomin into our Oneonta orbit so that photography, film and media enthusiasts at the colleges and in the surrounding community can learn about photographer Patrick Nagatani, as well as Lynn’s film-making process,” she said.

“Living in the Story” has been making a splash on the festival circuit this year, becoming an Official Selection at the Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards, Los Angeles CineFest, NewFIlmmakers New York, Dalmatia Film Festival, Benicia Film Festival, and Film Festival of Columbus.

For more information on the film, visit its website.

For more information about the event, contact Kreisher at kreisherk@hartwick.edu or (607) 431-4828.

Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,200 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact:     David Lubell
E-mail:        lubelld@hartwick.edu
Phone:        607-431-4031

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