With Special Guest

American Factory


Featuring a post-film Q&A with Oscar-nominated director Kirby Dick (Twist of Faith; The Invisible War) in person and American Factory co-directors, Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, recipients of this year’s Social Justice Award, via Skype!

Winner! Best Director U.S. Documentary, Sundance Film Festival

“A great, expansive, deeply humanist work, angry but empathetic to its core.” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine

From Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winners Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar (The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant; A Lion in the House; Seeing Red) comes American Factory, a Netflix Original Documentary presented by Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions and Participant Media. The acclaimed film takes a deep dive into a post-industrial Ohio, where a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant and hires two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America. (Dir. by Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert, 2019, USA, 115 mins., TV-14)  Other festivals: Sundance; Tribeca, Full Frame

Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar are Ohio-based, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmakers whose work has screened at top film festivals, on HBO, PBS and Netflix. Bognar & Reichert’s work includes the films American Factory, A Lion in the House, The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant, Sparkle and No Guns for Christmas (a New York Times OpDoc).  American Factory premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Best Director: U.S. Documentary prize, and where it was acquired by Netflix and Higher Ground Productions. 

Julia Reichert is a three-time Academy Award nominee, for her films Union Maids, Seeing Red and The Last Truck. Her first film, Growing Up Female, is a landmark documentary of the early Women’s Liberation Movement, and was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Julia is the recipient of the 2018 IDA Career Achievement Award, the 2019 Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement award and a national touring retrospective curated by the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Museum of Modern Art, which debuted in May 2019 at MoMA. 

Steven Bognar’s solo films Personal Belongings, Picture Day and Gravel all premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Bognar’s short film Last Reel premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and became a New York Times OpDoc. Bognar has guest lectured at Harvard, Yale & Stanford universities.

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