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Steven Bognar, Producer

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, Producer

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