Tattoo Documentary to Be Screened at JANM

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Emiko Omori’s documentary “Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World” will be screened on Saturday, July 12, at 2 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. (at First Street) in Little Tokyo.

The film tells the story of Don Ed Hardy, a fine artist whose obsession with tattoos launched an empire. Heavily influenced by the Japanese tradition, Hardy’s distinctive designs brought tattoo culture into the mainstream and inspired a popular line of clothing and accessories.

Emiko Omori

Emiko Omori

A discussion with producer/director Omori will follow the screening. Note: This film is not rated and may not be appropriate for all ages.

The DVD is available at the JANM Store. The screening is being held in conjunction with the exhibition “Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World.”

For more information, call (213) 625-0414 or visit www.janm.org.

Based in San Francisco, Omori began her career as a cinematographer in 1968. She has freelanced as a cinematographer on many award-winning documentaries. In 1991, she wrote and directed the highly acclaimed drama “Hot Summer Winds,” a co-production of American Playhouse and KCET.

In 1999, her documentary/memoir “Rabbit in the Moon,” about her family’s confinement in a World War II American concentration camp, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was broadcast on “POV,” and won a National Emmy and numerous other awards.

With Wendy Slick, she co-produced and directed “Passion and Power: The Technology of Orgasm,” which premiered at Lincoln Center in New York.

Omori’s other films include “To Chris Marker, an Unsent Letter,” a collective cinematic love letter to the elusive French filmmaker.

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