Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar

Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar
Documentary Filmmakers
Yellow Springs, OH
2019 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Shawn M. Donnelley and Christopher M. Kelly.

Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar are Oscar-nominated documentary filmmakers whose work has screened at top film festivals, HBO, and PBS. Reichert and Bognar’s work includes the films A Lion in the House, The Last Truck, Sparkle, and No Guns for Christmas (a New York Times OpDoc).

A Lion in the House, a co-production with ITVS, is a four-hour film about kids fighting cancer. It premiered in Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, screened theatrically across the U.S., and was broadcast on Independent Lens in 2006 as a PBS special.  The film won the Primetime Emmy for “Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking,” the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature Documentary. The Last Truck premiered at the 2009 Telluride Film Festival, screened on HBO, and was nominated for an Academy Award.

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. Reichert is the 2018 recipient of the IDA Career Achievement Award.

Steven Bognar’s solo films Personal Belongings, Picture Day, and Gravel all premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Personal Belongings also screened at SXSW, and aired on POV.  Bognar’s short film Last Reel premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and became a New York Times OpDoc.

Portrait photo by Eryn Montgomery.