Scribe Video Center Producers’ Forum
dir. Rea Tajiri, USA, 2014, 67 min.
Director Rea Tajiri
Lordville is an experiential, sense-driven film - a
reading of landscape and culture through the lens of historiography. In this
hybrid documentary, director Rea Tajiri asks “what does it mean to own the
land?” Particularly in Lordville - a small now-fading American town founded in
the 1800s on a complex and problematic exchange between Native American and
settler communities. Privileging the landscape itself over human testimony, the
film precariously balances between resident accounts of histories and
depictions of the literal forces of nature. The resulting film introduces the
presence of historical ghosts that wander between the underwater world of the
Delaware and a memorable cast of characters from the past and present. Rivers
move. People disappear. In the process we are reminded how complicated
ownership is, how slender the threads of known history can be and how ephemeral
is the land.
Rea Tajiri is a filmmaker, visual artist, and educator whose groundbreaking and award-winning films have screened at venues and film festivals throughout the world. Her personal essay film History and Memory (1991) premiered at the Whitney Biennial and won the Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association. Strawberry Fields, Tajiri’s debut dramatic feature film received funding from ITVS and had its European premiere at the 54th Venice Film Festival. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Film Media Arts and Theatre Department at Temple University.
Scribe’s Producers’ Forums are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.