Private Project


With the purchase of her house in Lordville, NY, Tajiri sets out to understand our relationship to land, but does so through her distinct skill in pushing film language. Through anecdotes from residents, an environmental scientist and a Native American genealogist, LORDVILLE reins in stories of the everyday — powerful floods, ancestral secrets and colonial violence — to probe the material and immaterial traces of a town’s history. This compels us into an act of listening and sensing that orients us toward the land that we have settled our being upon.

Rea Tajiri, one of Asian American cinema’s most important artists, makes films that probe through the senses, films that unframe images from their dusty space on the mantle and unsettle them with reimaginings.

  • Rea Tajiri
    Wataridori:birdsofpassage, History and Memory; Strawberry Fields; Passion for Justice
  • Rea Tajiri
    Strawberry Fields, Story Credit; Venus Celestial Beauty, Writer
  • Sian Evans
  • Tom Wessels
    Key Cast
    "Tom Wessels"
    Environmental Scientist, Reading the Forested Landscape
  • Sheila Spencer Stover
    Key Cast
    Native American Geneaologist
  • Catherine Hollander
  • Alexander Juutilainen
  • Rea Tajiri
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Other
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 7 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • CAAMFest 2014
    San Francisco, CA
    United States
    March 15, 2014
    World Premier
    Documentary Competition
  • Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    May 5, 2014
    Los Angeles premiere
    Grand Prix Nomination, Documentary
  • Los Angeles Filmforum
    Los Angeles
    United States
    August 10, 2014
  • Scribe Video Center Producer's Forum @ International House Philadelphia
    September 9, 2014
  • San Diego Asian Film Festival (Pacific Arts Movement)
    San Diego
    United States
    September 1, 2014
  • Wolff Humanities Forum, GeoSocial Encounters
    Philadelphia, PA
    September 19, 2019
  • Alice Gallery-part of the Afterlife (What Remains) exhibition
    Seattle, Washington
    United States
    June 16, 2018
    Seattle, Northwest Premiere
  • Fogo Island Arts
    Fogo Island, Joe Batts Arm,
    June 21, 2019
    Canadian Premiere
Director Biography - Rea Tajiri

REA TAJIRI is a filmmaker and visual artist who was born in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her BFA and MFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts in post-studio art. Her ground-breaking, award-winning film, digital video and installation work, has been supported by numerous grants, fellowships and artistic residencies, has been exhibited widely in museums, on television and in international film festivals. Poetic, subtly layered and politically engaged, her work advances the exploration of forgotten histories, multi-generational memory, landscape and the Japanese American experience. Her experimental documentary History and Memory; for Akiko & Takashige, and feature film Strawberry Fields have influenced a generation of filmmakers, leading to their inclusion in Asian American, Cinema Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies curricula in the US.
Her recent multi-site installation project Wataridori-birds of Passage (2018) in Philadelphia mapped and enlivened forgotten traces of local Japanese American history linked in a series of locations around the city. Her feature documentary Lordville (2014) probed the material and immaterial traces of an upstate New York town’s history. Her current documentary-in-progress is Wisdom Gone Wild. The film chronicles her sixteen year journey of elder care for her mother who had dementia, and illuminates their lifelong passion for the arts and the language of the elders.
As an advocate of emerging artists and directors, Rea co-founded The Workshop, an incubator for Asian American film directors in New York City. She has taught extensively throughout the U.S. as a visiting professor and artist-in-residence. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Film Media Arts Department at Temple University where she teaches documentary production.
Honors: Ringleader, True/False Film Festival 2019; Juror, Blackstar Film Festival, Documentary Shorts, 2018; Juror, AnnArbor Film Festival, 2018, POV Selection Committee, 1996; Awards: IDA Distinguished Achievement Award, 1992; Best Experimental Video, Atlanta Film Festival, 1992; Jury Prize: New Genres, San Francisco International Film Festival, Grand Prix, Fukuoka Asian International Film Festival 1998,
Grants & Fellowships: Nominee, Herb Alpert Award in the Arts (2019); Pew Project Grant (2018), Center for Asian American Media Documentary Award (2016, 2018), Pew Fellowship (2015), NYFA Fellow (1989, 1999), Rockefeller Intercultural Media Arts Fellow (1992, 1999) , New York State Council for the Arts (1989, 1992, 1998) , National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellow (1989, 1993), NEA Media Production Grant (1990,1993), Art Matters Inc (1989,1995), ITVS Production Grant (1992) ITVS Diversity Development Fund (2016), VP Arts Grant (2014, 2018), Presidents Arts and Humanities Grant (2016, 2017)
Residencies: Fogo Island Arts (2019), Banff Center for the Arts (2018), MacDowell Colony (2004), Smack Mellon (2001). Artist-in-Residence: School of the Art Institute, Chicago, 1991; SUNY Buffalo, 1998; Videotage, Hong Kong, 1996; Mt. Holyoke College, 1995;University of Colorado Boulder, 1995. Visiting Faculty: Ithaca College, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, SUNY Purchase.
Selected Exhibitions: Afterlife: What Remains, Alice Gallery, Seattle, 2018; (ex)Change: History, Place, Presence, AsianArts Initiative 2018; AnnArbor Film Festival, 2018; NY Asian American Film Festival, 2017; LA Filmforum, 2014; CAAM Fest, Doc Competition, 2014; VC Fest Grand Jury Award Nominee, 2014; Women and Social Justice Doc Conference, Smith College, 2012; Punta de Vista Film Festival, Pamplona, Spain, 2011; Venice Film Festival, 1998; Rotterdam International Film Festival 1998, 1992; Whitney Biennial, 1989, 1991, 1993;

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