Washington [US]December 3 (ANI): Veteran documentarian Julia Reichert, who won an Oscar in 2020 for her film “American Factory,” died at age 76 of cancer.
The news of her death was confirmed by Variety.
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According to Variety, a US news channel, in his more than 50 years as a director, Reichert has received four Academy Award nominations and one win, two Primetime Emmys, a Director’s Guild Award and two Peabody Awards. Her documentaries, including the Oscar-nominated “Union Maids,” “Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists” and “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant,” have addressed issues of gender, class, race and the world economy.
In addition to “American Factory,” which they shared as best documentary, “Dave Chappelle: Live in Real Life,” “8:46,” “9to5: The Story of a Movement,” “Making Morning Star ,” “Sparkle,” “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant,” and “A Lion in the House,” Reichert and her partner Steven Bognar frequently worked together.
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After a brief sabbatical to hitchhike in California in the late 1960s, Reichert, who was born and raised in Bordentown Township, New Jersey, graduated from Antioch College in 1970 and released her debut documentary, Growing Up Female , in 1971. The first documentary of the Women’s Liberation Movement covered the socialization of women at various stages of their lives. In 2011, the Library of Congress selected it for the National Film Registry.
She received two more nominations in 1984 and 2010, but it wasn’t until 2020 that she finally won the Oscar for “American Factory,” a film about the culture clash that occurs when a Chinese corporation reopens a shuttered GM facility in Moraine, Ohio . . It had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the award for Best Director for an American Documentary. It was later picked up by Netflix and Obama-owned Higher Ground Productions as the company’s first acquisition.
After that, she and Bognar worked on two projects with comedian Dave Chappelle, as well as 2020’s “9to5: The Story of a Movement,” a documentary about the National Association of Working Women. Together, they produced “8:46,” a critically acclaimed special performance on the death of George Floyd, and the unreleased “Dave Chappelle: Live in Real Life,” a documentary documenting the comedian’s appearances at the pandemic and Black Lives Matter demonstrations. .
Reichert spent 28 years teaching film production at Wright State University in addition to being a filmmaker.
According to Variety , Reichert is survived by Bognar, daughter Lela Klein Holt, three siblings, two nieces and a nephew. (YEARS)
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