Daily Distraction: Dave Chappelle teams up with Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar on new doc
The Yellow Springs-based comedian worked with the Ohio filmmakers behind 'American Factory' on an untitled doc closing out Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival, which kicks off next month in New York City, will close out with the premiere of a new untitled documentary from comedian and Yellow Springs, Ohio, resident Dave Chappelle, who teamed up with his neighbors, filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, 2020 Oscar winners for the documentary "American Factory."
The premiere will take place at Radio City Music Hall on June 19. “Premiering our film at Tribeca and closing out the festival at Radio City Music Hall is a big honor,” Chappelle said in a statement. “Our film is about courage and resilience, something New Yorkers can relate to.”
From 2019 to 2020, the Wexner Center honored Reichert with a retrospective, including screenings of her critically lauded films from the last 50 years, as well as an onstage conversation with Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and visual artist LaToya Ruby Frazier centered around "American Factory," a Dayton-based documentary that touches on the state of American labor, unions, Chinese manufacturing, automation, clashes between American and Chinese cultures, and more.
If you're up for a road trip, tickets for the premiere — the first show at Radio City in more than a year — can be purchased today with a pre-sale code (though will likely sell out in no time). In the meantime, here's the Oscar acceptance speech from Reichert and Bognar: