Reports: Netflix negotiating to acquire Fuyao movie

It looks like a Dayton documentary is about to go global.

There’s no official announcement yet, but Hollywood trade publications are reporting that Netflix is acquiring or is about to acquire the locally-made and produced documentary about Fuyao Glass America, “American Factory.”, Variety and others have reported or repeated reports to that effect in recent days.

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“We had an amazing week because there was a lot of interest in the movies,” Yellow Springs-based filmmaker Steven Bognar told the Dayton Daily News Monday. “Major players, whose names or initials we all know, expressed interest in the movie. And that was very humbling and exciting. To watch it, you know, that was a special feeling.”

“Netflix is on the verge of making its second Sundance deal, acquiring world rights on ‘American Factory,’ the film that is directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, and premiered last Friday at the Prospector Square Theater, in the U.S. Documentary Competition,” said in recent days. “Deal is under $3 million.”

Bognar on Monday couldn’t comment on negotiations or who is taking part in those talks. He did say he didn’t know when talks would be complete.

“I don’t know when we’ll know what’s official,” Bognar said.

The film — made by Yellow Springs filmmakers Bognar and Julia Reichert and their colleagues — chronicles the creation of the Chinese-owned automotive glass-factory in the same building that had once housed a General Motors assembly operation.

Fuyao has about 2,300 Moraine workers today.

“American Factory” was financed by Participant Media and is produced by Bognar, Reichert, Jeff Reichert and Julie Parker Benello, trade publications are noting. Co-producers are Mijie Li and Yiqian Zhang, with Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann the exec producers.

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