Dayton Oscar winners tease new film about movement that inspired Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton

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Yellow Springs filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar will premier their latest work "9to5: The Story of a Movement [Work in Progress" at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March 2020.

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Based on the latest tease for a new film from a pair of newly minted local Oscar winners, one of Dolly Parton's most famous songs and movies only begins to tell the story of female clerical workers in the '70s and '80s.

The film by Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar, "9to5: The Story of a Movement," deals with secretaries fighting for equality in the workplace.

Oscar winners Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar will debut their next film, “9to5: The Story of a Movement,” at the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 19, 2020. (Source: Contributed)

The 89-minute documentary will make its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival March 19.

Watch the preview video above for the project that started in summer 2013

Film description as posted on the SXSW website:

In the early 1970s, a group of secretaries in Boston decided that they had suffered in silence long enough. They started fighting back, creating a movement to force changes in their workplaces. This movement became national, and is a largely forgotten story of U.S. twentieth century history. It encapsulates a unique intersection of the women’s movement with the labor movement. The awareness these secretaries brought to bear on women’s work reverberates even today. Clericals were the low-wage workers of their era. America now confronts the growing reality of deep income inequality. The stories and strategies of these bold, creative women resonates in contemporary America.

Bognar and Reichert recently won the Academy Awards in the documentary feature category for “American Factory.”

The film follows the creation of the Chinese-owned automotive glass factory Fuyao Glass America in the same building that had once housed a General Motors assembly operation in Moraine.

Bognar and Reichert, a Yellow Springs couple who have been together more than 30 years, received an Academy Award nomination in the “Best Documentary (short subject)” category for their 2009 HBO film “The Last Truck” about the closing of that very same GM plant in Moraine.

In addition to “The Last Truck” and “American Factory,” Reichert was nominated for the first time in 1978 with James Klein and Miles Mogulescu for “Union Maids,” and again with Klein in 1984 for “Seeing Red.”

Dolly Parton starred in the 1980 film "Nine to Five" with Jane FondaLily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman as sexist boss.

The film’s theme song, “9 to 5” was written and performed by Parton.

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