Steven Bognar is an independent filmmaker and media arts educator.
His first film, Personal Belongings, premiered at the Sundance
Film Festival and screened nationally on the PBS series P.O.V. It
won numerous awards, including the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco
International Film Festival, Best First Film at the Ann Arbor Film
Festival and the Audience Award for Best Film at the Atlanta Film and
Video Festival. His second film, Picture Day, won Best
Documentary Short at the Florida Film Festival, screened at the Sundance
Film Festival, in numerous film festivals and at the Guggenheim Museum.
His third film Gravel also premiered at Sundance and screens
regularly on the Sundance Channel.
Bognar is former assistant professor of media arts at Antioch College
and has, for the last 15 years, worked as a filmmaker-in-residence
in schools throughout Ohio. Bognar’s work has been funded by
the National Endowment for the Arts, The Soros Documentary Fund, the
Creative Capital Foundation, the Ohio Humanities Council, the Ohio
Arts Council and Culture Works. He is also a Rockefeller Fellow.
Julia Reichert is professor in the department of community health
and professor of motion pictures in the theater arts department at
Wright State University. She has twice been nominated for the Academy
Award for Best Feature Documentary, for the films Seeing Red and Union
Maids. All four of her feature documentaries have screened nationally
on PBS and around the world on television. Reichert has, throughout
her career, been dedicated to building the independent film community
regionally and nationally. She co-founded New Day Films, a distribution
co-operative for independent films, and The Film Fund, a foundation
that supported the making of social issue media and led to the creation
of the Independent Feature Project.
Reichert’s work has received funding from the National Endowment
for the Humanities, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Ohio Arts
Council and The American Film Institute. She has also received Fulbright
and Rockefeller Fellowships.
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Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert in their hometown of Yellow Springs, OH