On Thursday afternoon, Ohio filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar will talk technique, lessons learned and more
The Wexner Center is in the midst of a month-long tribute to Ohio filmmaker Julia Reichert, including a 10-documentary retrospective of her work. Afterward, the career-spanning “Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film” will travel to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and more.
On Friday, Oct. 18, the Wex will screen Reichert's newest doc, "9to5: The Story of a Movement," another in a series of collaborations with her partner, Steven Bognar. But before that, on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 4:30 p.m., Reichert and Bognar will give a free masterclass on documentary filmmaking at the Wexner Center. The pair will discuss their techniques and relay behind-the-scenes stories from their long and critically lauded careers.
When I spoke to Reichert via phone in late September, she and Bognar were still making tweaks to "9to5" at their home in Yellow Springs. When asked to reflect on what sets her films apart, Reichert pointed to her curious nature. “You have to be fueled by actual curiosity. You can’t fake it. Find out why you are actually interested in this person and why you are interested in this story," she said.
Read more about Reichert and her films, including "American Factory" (currently streaming on Netflix), in our recent feature.