Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will honor esteemed filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert during the 22nd annual festival event by showcasing a curated selection of their body of work.
As part of the tribute, Full Frame will screen Bognar and Reichert’s latest film, American Factory, which took home the U.S. documentary directing award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Produced by Participant Media, the film takes audiences inside a Chinese factory that opened in 2014 in a former General Motors plant in Dayton, Ohio, to observe what happens when workers from different cultures collide.
The Ohio-based filmmakers have screened many of their films at Full Frame, including Bognar’s Picture Day and Reichert’s Growing Up Female. Joint projects at Full Frame include The Last Truck and the 2006 special jury award winner A Lion in the House.
Bognar and Reichert’s other joint film projects include Sparkle and the New York Times Op-Doc film No Guns for Christmas.
Additionally, together the filmmaking duo curated the festival’s 2010 Thematic Program, “Chair-Making, Ship-Breaking, Pole-Dancing, Coal-Mining, Thread-Cutting, Cart-Pushing, Cane-Cutting, Chain-Forging: Films on Work & Labor,” which looked at the labor movement, globalization, and the connection between work and identity.
Bognar and Richert’s work has received numerous accolades. A Lion in the House, their four-hour feature about children fighting cancer, premiered in the documentary competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS’ documentary strand ‘Independent Lens’ later that year. The documentary, a co-pro with ITVS, won numerous awards, including a Primetime Emmy.
The pair of documentarians also garnered an Academy Award nomination for their 2009 feature, The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant, which bowed at the Telluride Film Festival.
Bognar and Richert are currently wrapping a feature documentary about the 9 to 5 Movement, a story of secretaries who fought for their rights in America during the 1970s and ’80s.
Reichert is a three-time Academy Award-nominee for The Last Truck, as well as for her films Union Maids and Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists. Her first film, Growing Up Female, about the early days of the Women’s Liberation Movement, was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. She is also the 2018 recipient of the IDA Career Achievement Award.
Bognar’s solo films Personal Belongings, Picture Day, and Gravel all bowed at the Sundance Film Festival. Bognar’s short film Last Reel premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and became a New York Times Op-Docs film.
Bognar and Reichert will attend the Full Frame Doc Fest which runs from April 4 to 7 in Durham, North Carolina.
Specific titles, along with additional attending guests, will be announced on March 11 with the full lineup of titles, including films in competition and other selected work.