and STEVEN BOGNAR are Ohio based, Oscar winning documentary filmmakers whose work has screened at top film festivals, on HBO, PBS and Netflix. 

Their most recent film, AMERICAN FACTORY 美国工厂, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Best Director: U.S. Documentary prize, and where it was acquired by Netflix and Higher Ground Productions.  AMERICAN FACTORY 美国工厂 received the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in the 2020 Academy Awards.THE LAST TRUCK premiered at the 2009 Telluride Film Festival, screened on HBO, and  was nominated for an Academy Award. 

A LION IN THE HOUSE, a co-production with ITVS, is a four-hour film about kids fighting cancer. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and 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. 

Bognar & Reichert are the first directing team to receive a Cinema Eye Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction Feature and Outstanding Direction (2020, AMERICAN FACTORY 美国工厂), and they are both members of the Academy of Motion Pictures and the Television Academy.

Julia Reichert is a four-time Academy Award nominee, including her films UNION MAIDS, SEEING RED: Stories of American Communists.  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.  Julia is the recipient of the 2018 IDA Career Achievement Award and a national touring retrospective curated by the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Museum of Modern Art, which debuted in May 2019 at MoMA. Reichert is Professor Emerita at Wright State University.  She is also a mom and a grandma.

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 P.O.V.  Bognar’s short film LAST REEL premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and became a New York Times OpDoc.  Bognar has guest lectured at Harvard, Yale & Stanford universities.