Dayton-area filmmaker to be saluted by famed New York museum for 50 years of groundbreaking work

Emmy Award–winner and three-time Academy Award–nominee Julia Reichert subject of 10-film touring retrospective.

The five decade-long career of one of the Dayton area’s most acclaimed filmmakers will be celebrated with a special exhibition in New York.

The series "Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film" is set for May 30 to June 8 at the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan.

Reichert and her partner, fellow filmmaker and collaborator Steven Bognar, reside in Yellow Springs.

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Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

They picked up the U.S. documentary directing award for their film “American Factory” at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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"Beginning with her debut, Growing Up Female (made with Jim Klein in 1971), considered the first feature documentary of the modern women's movement — and a recent addition to the National Film Registry — the series showcases all of Reichert's feature documentaries," part of the MoMA salute description reads.

The retrospective is being organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University in Columbus.

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After its debut in New York, the series will be featured at the Wexner Center for the Arts Oct. 2-30. It will also appear at the Cleveland Cinematheque, the Speed Museum in Louisville, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Springs, Md.

Reichert has won many prestigious honors in her career.

“A Lion in the House,” made with Bognar in 2006, won the Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking, and the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media.

Credit: Lisa Powell

Credit: Lisa Powell

Her films — “Union Maids” (1977), “Seeing Red” (1984) and “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” (2010) — were Academy Award nominees.

The retired Wright State University film professor served as associate producer on Illinois filmmaker Edgar A. Barens’ short documentary “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall.” That film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2014.

She won the Chicken and Egg Pictures inaugural Breakthrough Filmmaker Award.

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The MoMA stop includes the following screenings:

American Factory |  7 p.m. Thursday, May 30. A discussion featuring Reichert will follow.

9to5: The Story of a Movement | 7 p.m. Friday, May 31. The film will be introduced by Reichert

Methadone: An American Way of Dealing | 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1 and 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June, 6

Growing up Female | 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8

Seeing Red: Stories of American Communist | 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1. A discussion with Reichert and other filmmakers will follow.

A Lion in the House | 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2 and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8

Tour information, Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film 

Organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts 

MoMA, May–June 2019

Wexner Center for the Arts, October 2019

UCLA Film & Television Archive, Los Angeles, November 2019

Cinematheque at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, November–December 2019

Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art, November–December 2019

Northwest Film Center, Portland, Oregon, January 2020

Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, February 2020

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, February 2020

Museum of Fine Art , Houston, March 2020

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, May 2020

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, May–June 2020

Featured Titles  

• Growing Up Female (1971, 52 mins., DCP)

• Methadone: An American Way of Dealing (1974, 60 mins., DCP)

• Union Maids (1976, 48 mins., DCP)

• Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists (1983, 100 mins., DCP)

• A Lion in the House (2006, 225 mins., DCP)

• The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant (2009, 40 mins., DCP)

• Sparkle (2012, 18 mins., DCP)

• Making Morning Star (2016, 37 mins., DCP)

• American Factory (2019, 115 mins., DCP)

• 9to5: The Story of a Movement (2019, approx. 85 mins., DCP)

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