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The filmmakers and their crew had access to the plant and its workers in the final months before the plant’s last day as a GM assembly operation, Dec. 23, 2008.
The Last Truck, released in 2009, was nominated for the Academy Award for “Best Documentary (short subject)” that year. (Another work, Music by Prudence, was the winner in the 2010 Academy Awards.)
More recently, Reichert, Bognar and their colleagues have spent the past several years documenting Fuyao’s emergence in the same plant.
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Fuyao Global Chairman Cho Tak Wong bought the empty plant from a California developer in 2014 for $15 million. The film crew had access to players and workers inside and outside the plant as Fuyao dramatically restructured the facility and brought it back to a productive existence.
The Yellow Springs filmmakers were there as the United Auto Workers union failed in its bid to persuade workers to approve a new bargaining unit at Fuyao in late 2016. They were inside the plant as its first managers worked to hire workers and launch production of what Fuyao says today is the world’s largest auto glass production site.
Today, the plant has more than 2,000 workers.
Reichert, who is a three-time Oscar nominee, will be awarded the International Documentary Association’s Career Achievement Award for 2018 in Los Angeles next month.
Billed as the largest independent film festival in the United States, the Sundance Film Festival is shown annually in Park City, Utah.