The dominant narrative of the World War II incarceration of Japanese-Americans has been that they behaved as a “model minority,” that they cooperated without protest and proved their patriotism by enlisting in the Army. Resistance at Tule Lake, a new feature-length documentary from Third World Newsreel (Camera News Inc.) and directed by Japanese American filmmaker Konrad Aderer, overturns that myth by telling the long-suppressed story of Tule Lake Segregation Center.
Natalie has a keen eye for film aesthetics and loves to work with fictional narratives having studied film theory and cinema history for 15+ years. Natalie works closely with various indie directors and producers as a trusted advisor and consultant for all things logistical and creative from development through post. Her passion is working on set as a Stills & Behind the Scenes Photographer.
Natalie also organizes multiple grassroots activism coalitions and direct actions for several policy reforms. She holds an M.A. in Cinema Studies from NYU Tisch, and received a B.A.cum laude in Film Studies and Psychology from Queens College.
His work experience includes: editor, translator, interpreter, secretary at Buddhist Churches of America, Headquarters, 1957 – 1965; and reference librarian at San Francisco Public Library, 1966 -- 1978.
He has published Swimming in the American: a Memoir and Selected Writings (winner of the American Book Award, 2005); Shoe Box Plays (a collection of nine plays); Ocean Beach (poems); and Starting from Loomis and Other Stories.
As an actor, some of his film credits are: Dark Circle; Black Rain; Hito Hata (Visual Communications); Hot Summer Winds (Emiko Omori); Rabbit in the Moon (Emiko Omori); The Virtues of Corned Beef Hash (Kerwin Berk); Infinity and Chashu Ramen (Kerwin Berk). His most notable work in theater was in Philip Kan Gotanda’s The Wash with the late Nobu McCarthy at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco.
He is a lifetime member of SAG/AFTRA and the Dramatists Guild.
James moved to NYC in ’98 and has worked since as an actor for the stage, TV and film. He is currently a season regular for Marvel’s The Runaways on Hulu. He has originated many roles on and off Broadway including Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out (2003 Tony Award for Best Play), A Naked Girl on the Appian Way (costarring with Jill Clayburgh and Matthew Morrison), John Guare’s A Few Stout Individuals, Julia Cho’s Durango, and Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy. His credits also include characters in world-premier stage adaptations of literary classics such as Yunioshi in Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Broadway and Toru in Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle at the Edinburgh Int’l Festival and the Singapore Arts Festival.
For the stage, he has directed My Friend Has Come for the Asian American Writers Workshop, Dancing with the Bird at the Japan Society in New York, and Ready or Not and It’s a Jungle Out There for the 52nd Street Project Playmaking series. He made his filmmaking debut in ’11 with Lefty Loosey Righty Tighty, which won Best Feature in the DIY film competition at Northside Festival, a trendsetter art festival in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
James was the conceiver of the theater benefit “SHINSAI: Theaters for Japan” which took place on March 11, 2012, the one-year anniversary of the disasters in Japan, with participation from nearly 100 theaters, internationally. He also collaborates frequently with Japanese artists, translating award winning contemporary Japanese plays and subtitling major Japanese studio films.
He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two children. Anecdotally, James is also a martial artist with black belts in judo and aikido.
Resistance at Tule Lake tells the long-suppressed story of 12,000 Japanese Americans who dared to resist the U.S. government’s program of mass incarceration during World War II. Branded as “disloyals” and re-imprisoned at Tule Lake Segregation Center, they continued to protest in the face of militarized violence, and thousands renounced their U.S. citizenship. Giving voice to experiences that have been marginalized for over 70 years, this documentary challenges the nationalist, one-sided ideal of wartime “loyalty.”
Resistance at Tule Lake premiered early 2017 and continues to screen in various film festivals, museum exhibitions, educational institutions and local community organizations. Click here to check out our screening schedule for a showing near you! The documentary will be broadcasted national in 2018 and made available for educational, institutional and home use as a DVD and other formats including internet viewing.
She participated in the Manzanar Pilgrimage right after the L.A. Riot, and sat right next to William Hohri the most radical leader of the National Council for Japanese American Redress (NCJAR) in the redress movement for the whole duration of the bus ride. Mr. Hohri gave her a crash course on the redress movement. In the short days after she heard Rodney King’s verdict, her mental and emotional setting became more aligned to the Japanese American experiences. She volunteered for the Tule Lake Pilgrimage organizing committee since 1993 (active until 2009). Her experience with the Tule Lake Committee and the Pilgrimages were analyzed thoroughly in her dissertation, “Tule Lake Pilgrimage and Japanese American Internment: Collective Memory, Solidarity, and Division in an Ethnic Community” (UCLA, 2007). The film footage of Tokio Yamane was recorded and filmed by Noriko Kawakami as part of her oral history interview with him (in collaboration with Yoko Murakawa), “Tokio Yamane: A Renunciant’s Story,” which was printed in the Journal of the Shaw Historical Library (A Question of Loyalty: Internment at Tule Lake), Vol.19, pp. 161185 (2005). A short documentary version of the film was shown during the 2004 Tule Lake Pilgrimage. Even after she went back to Japan, she frequently comes back to California and continues her research on what happened in the Tule Lake Segregation Center.
Years later, Jim conducted walking tours of the Tule Lake grounds during reunions organized by the Tule Lake Pilgrimage Committee. Among his many other contributions, he also cofounded the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, received a Kunsho from the Japanese emperor, was one of the first Nikkei to speak out in support of the Muslim American community after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and constructed a replica of a Tule Lake guard tower, which has been part of a traveling exhibit.
firstname.lastname@example.org | Resistance at Tule Lake is a project under the fiscal sponsorship of Third World Newsreel (aka Camera News, Inc.), an alternative media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation and dissemination of independent film and video by and about people of color and social justice issues.
Resistance at Tule Lake is a presentation of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Support was provided in part by New York State Council on the Arts. Additional funding has been made possible by the Puffin Foundation.
This project was funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
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