Press Release

February 1, 2018 | By Ohio Wesleyan University

‘Living in the Story’

Award-Winning Filmmaker to Screen, Discuss Work Feb. 16 at Ohio Wesleyan

Lynn Estomin

DELAWARE, Ohio – Independent filmmaker Lynn Estomin will show and discuss her latest film, “Living in the Story,” this month at Ohio Wesleyan University.

The free, public event will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in Room 312 of OWU’s R.W. Corns Building, 78 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. This program is sponsored by the Film Studies Program and the Department of English.

“Living in the Story” documents 35 years of art making by photographic artist Patrick Ryoichi Nagatani, widely considered one of the most brilliant photographic artists of our era. In the late 1970s, he pioneered the Contemporary Constructed Photographic Movement in Los Angeles, developing a new visual vocabulary by constructing tableau photographs from sets, sculptures, models, and paintings.

Estomin’s film portrays an artist deeply concerned and well-informed about world events who uses imagery, storytelling, and narrative fiction to raise awareness about modern anxieties, with an emphasis on the threat of nuclear weapons technology. 

Nagatani also has explored healing techniques and states of consciousness in which the material world is transcended. Despite the serious content of his subject matter, his innovative images are compelling and entertaining. 

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. 

John Rohrback, senior curator of photographs at the Amon Carter Museum, writes, “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 of the journey comes across beautifully, yet also the political pointedness.”

Estomin is a videographer, photographer, and interactive media artist who creates art that speaks to social issues. She also is a professor of art at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania, where she teaches photography, digital art and design.

Her award-winning video documentaries have been exhibited at film festivals internationally and broadcast nationally on PBS. Her web art has won awards from Adobe Corp., The Webby Awards, the Canadian Web Association, the Golden Globe Awards, and Cool Site of the Day. Her photography and digital images have been exhibited nationally and internationally in solo shows and group exhibitions.

Estomin has received grants and fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Art Matters Inc., Cincinnati Commission on the Arts, Kodak Corp., Ilford Corp., Sony Corp., SIGGRAPH, the Luce Foundation, Lycoming College, and the Women’s Film Project.

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