9to5: The Story of a Movement
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9to5: The Story of a Movement

  • BY Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar | IN Women & Girls
    Premiered February 1, 2021

About the Film

They couldn’t kill their bosses, so they did the next best thing  — they organized.

When Dolly Parton sang “9 to 5,” she was doing more than just shining a light on the fate of American working women. Parton was singing the true story of a movement that started with 9to5, a group of Boston secretaries in the early 1970s. Their goals were simple—better pay, more advancement opportunities and an end to sexual harassment—but their unconventional approach attracted the press and shamed their bosses into change. Featuring interviews with 9to5’s founders, as well as actor and activist Jane Fonda, 9to5: The Story of a Movement is the previously untold story of the fight that inspired a hit and changed the American workplace. MORE

The Filmmakers

Ohio-based Julia Reichert is a four time Academy Award nominee and Oscar winner for her documentary work. Julia’s student film at Antioch College, Growing Up Female was the first feature documentary of the modern Women’s Movement. It was selected for the National Film Registry. Her films Union Maids and Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists, (with Jim Klein) were screened worldwide, nominated for Academy Awards for Best Feature Documentary, as was The Last Truck, as a Short. Her film A Lion in the House (made with Steven Bognar) premiered at Sundance, screened nationally on PBS, won the Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking. Her film, The Last Truck (with Bognar) premiered on HBO, and the Telluride Film Festival. Reichert and Bognar won the 2020 Academy Award for Best Documentary for American Factory. Julia is co-founder of New Day Films, the independent film distribution co-op. She is author of “Doing It Yourself,” the first book on self-distribution in independent film. Julia has been drawn to focus on class, gender and race in her work. She is a mom and a grandma. 

Steven Bognar is an Oscar and Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker based in Ohio. With his partner Julia Reichert, he has directed and produced American Factory, The Last Truck, and A Lion in the House. Their films have screened at top film festivals, and on HBO, PBS and Netflix. Bognar’s first feature documentary, Personal Belongings, which he produced, directed & edited, premiered at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, and screened that year at SXSW, IDFA and on P.O.V. His short films include Last Reel (Telluride Film Festival premiere), Foundry Night Shift (True/False Film Festival premiere), No Guns for Christmas (New York Times Op-Doc, with Reichert) and Picture Day (Sundance Film Festival premiere). LESS

Film Credits

Produced & Directed by
Julia Reichert
Steven Bognar

Editor
Jaime Meyers Schlenck

Composer
Wendy Blackstone

Co-Producer
Crystal Whetstone

Archival Producer
Jane Tucker

Line Producer
Melissa Godoy

Graphics
Paula Kinsel

FEATURING (in order of appearance)
Mary Jung
Carolyn Schwier
Debbie Schneider
Janet Selcer
Ellen Cassedy
Renia Clay
Carol Simms
Verna Barksdale
Helen Williams
Laurie Brown
Donna Samuels
Jackie Harris
Karen Nussbaum
Ophelia Ealy
Lane Windham, Ph.D.
Kim Cook
Adair Dammann
Jane Fonda
Cheryl Schaeffer
Anne Hill
Rosalinda Aguirre
Inge Goldschmidt

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Liz Yong Lowe

PRODUCTION OFFICE MANAGER / POST-PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Ben Evory

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Steven Bognar

ADDITIONAL CAMERA
Stephen Lighthill, ASC
Ashley Brandon
Ian Cook
Melissa Godoy
Brent Huffman
Kara Martinelli
Julia Reichert
Eric Risher
Brittany Shyne
Brad Wickham

1ST ASSISTANT CAMERA / GAFFER
Golnar Fakhrai
Brittany Shyne
Aubrey Keith
Ashley Brandon
Ian Cook
Jonathan McNeal
Jaki Parsons

SOUND
Julia Reichert
Erin Davis
Carolyn Janssen
Aubrey Keith
Jonathan McNeal
Jaki Parsons
Brittany Shyne

ADDITIONAL SOUND RECORDING
Jack Arlook
Brie Laura Devre Hope
Amanda Malusky Krauss

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
Lizzy Barry
Joe Cook
Emily Evans
Erin Finicane
Ethan Houser
Joe Lurie
Chris Tung

CONSULTING PRODUCER
Farihah Zaman

CHIEF HISTORICAL RESEARCHER
Crystal Whetstone, Ph.D.

ARCHIVAL RESEARCH
Polly Pettit
Christina Monnier
Melissa Godoy
Elias Savada

SENIOR ADVISOR
Lela Reichert Klein

HUMANITIES ADVISORS
Elaine Bernard, Ph.D.
Dorothy Sue Cobble, Ph.D.
Jefferson Cowie, Ph.D.
Daniel DiSalvo, Ph.D.
Allison Elias, Ph.D.
Judith Ezekiel, Ph.D.
Alice Kessler Harris, Ph.D.
Rhonda Williams, Ph.D.
Lane Windham, Ph.D.
Tom Zaniello, Ph.D.

BOOKKEEPING & ACCOUNTING
Lori Lotts
Susan Murphy

NATIONAL IMPACT PRODUCER
Sahar Driver

REGIONAL IMPACT PRODUCERS
Dorine Levasseur
Sandy Felder

IMPACT FACILITATOR
Elizabeth Webb

PRODUCTION COUNSEL
Gray Schwartz LLP

FAIR USE ADVISORS
Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic,
Washington College of Law at American University

ASSISTANT EDITORS
Aubrey Keith
Eric Risher
Ben Evory
Ben Garchar

CHIEF CONSULTING EDITOR
Jim Klein

CONSULTING EDITORS
Erin Casper
Pamela Scott Arnold

COLORIST
Chase Whiteside

FRAME RATE CONVERSIONS
Goldcrest Post – New York

DIGITAL COMPOSITOR
Thanos Fatouros

DIGITAL EFFECTS
Lateral Films

PHOTO RETOUCHING
Savanna Swartz

SOUND SERVICES
C5 Inc

INTERNATIONAL SALES
Submarine Entertainment

PUBLICITY
Cinetic Media

SOCIAL MEDIA PRODUCER
Jennifer Papadakis

“Films for the Modern Woman” Logo Created by
Paula Kinsel

EXCERPTS FROM THE FILM “9 TO 5”
20th Century Fox / Disney

ARCHIVAL FILM & VIDEO SOURCES
ABC News Archives * Bay Area Television Archive * Richard Bermack * Boston Globe *
Boston Public Library * Budget Films * Steve Cagan * CBS News Archive *
Cleveland Plain Dealer University Archives & Special Collections, Denison University * Getty Images *
Sherman Grinberg Film Library * The Arthur & Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University *
Library of Congress George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive * National Archives * National Boston Video *
NBCUniversal Archives * Northeast Historic Film * Northern Ohio Broadcast Archives * Pond5 *
Prelinger Archive Collection * Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County *
Southern Labor Archives * Streamline Films * University of Cincinnati *
University of Cincinnati Archives and Rare Books Library * University of Maryland Libraries *
Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University *
Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University Library * WCVB-TV Boston *
WGBH - Boston * WKRC – Cincinnati * WLWT – Cincinnati * WNET - New York * WSB-TV Atlanta * WSB-TV Collection at University of Georgia

“9 to 5”
Written & Performed by Dolly Parton
Published by Velvet Apple Music
Courtesy of Columbia Records Nashville
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment

SPECIAL THANKS
Antioch College
Andree Bognar
Ellen Bravo
Cindia Cameron
Cleveland Cinematheque
Jimmy Frances
Full Frame Film Festival
Harvard Law School Labor & Work Life Program
Headlands Center for the Arts
IFP Spotlight on Docs
Labor and Working Class History Association
Museum of Modern Art
Ohio Arts Council
Randall Poster
Northwest Film Center
Speed Museum
United Association for Labor Educators
Wexner Center for the Arts
Wright State University Department of Theatre, Dance & Motion Pictures

FUNDING PROVIDED BY
National Endowment for the Humanities
Fork Films
National Endowment for the Arts
The Better Angels Society
Ohio Humanities
Dobkin Family Foundation
Chicken & Egg Pictures
Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
Clif Bar & Company

ORIGINAL SERIES FUNDING PROVIDED BY
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Wyncote Foundation
The National Endowment for the Arts

9to5: The Story of a Movement was produced by Working Women Documentary Project LLC, which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2020 Working Women Documentary Project LLC. All rights reserved.

If you or someone in your family were part of this movement, share your stories here. Do you have any anecdotes of dealing with workplace sexism that parallels those shown in the film? How do you think these workplace activists' accomplishments have impacted your own career?

AWARDS

  • Alexandria Film Festival
    Best of Fest Award
  • St. Louis International Film Festival
    St. Louis Film Critics' Joe Williams' Award for Best Documentary
  • Key West Film Festival
    Best Women’s Film
  • Cordillera International Film Festival
    Audience Choice - Best of Fest
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If you or someone in your family were part of this movement, share your stories here. Do you have any anecdotes of dealing with workplace sexism that parallels those shown in the film? How do you think these workplace activists' accomplishments have impacted your own career?