NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 02: Jeff Recihert, Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar attend the IFP's 29th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on December 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for IFP)
Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for IFP
Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for IFP

Dayton area couple’s locally made movie nominated for Oscar

“American Factory” was filmed in Moraine. 

The Dayton area has a big horse in the race for one of Hollywood’s biggest prizes for the third consecutive year.  

Yellow Springs residents Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert’s “American Factory” have been nominated for the Academy Awards in the documentary feature category. 

The Oscars ceremony will take place Sunday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m.

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“This film happened because of the incredible support we get from everyone in Dayton, Ohio,” Bognar told this news organization.  “We are proud to be from Dayton, Ohio today and we are grateful to be able to represent our town at the big show.” 

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The nomination comes as little surprise. 

“American Factory,” a critic’s favorite, was named to the shortlist for the Oscar nomination in December. 

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The winning films will be announced Sunday, Feb. 9, at the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony.

This is the third year in a row the Miami Valley will have a direct connection to the awards.   

Centerville High School graduate Hannah Beachler won the Oscar for Production Design last year for her work on Marvel’s “Black Panther” during the 91st Annual Academy Awards. 


Two years ago, Oakwood-raised actress Allison Janney earned the Oscar for best actress in a supporting role last year at the 90th annual Academy Awards for “I, Tonya.”

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Springfield native John Legend won the 2015 Oscar for Best Original Song for “Glory”. 

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Academy Award nominees and former Wright State University film professors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s documentary “American Factory,” a look at the local Fuyao plant in Moraine, will be screened March 30 and 31 at the Cleveland International Film Festival. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Contributing Writer

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, in partnership with Netflix, acquired “American Factory” in April.

It follows the creation of the Chinese-owned automotive glass-factory Fuyao Glass America in the same building that had once housed a General Motors assembly operation in Moraine.

Bognar and Reichert, a Yellow Springs couple together for more than 30 years, received an Academy Award nomination in the “Best Documentary (short subject)” category for their 2009 HBO film “The Last Truck” about the closing of that very same GM plant in Moraine.

Other films up for the 2020 documentary Oscar include “The Cave,” “The Edge of Democracy,” “For Sama” and “Honeyland,” 

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Archive photo: Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar talk about their experience making the documentary before the premiere of HBO's "The Last Truck, " a documentary about the closing of the Moraine truck assembly plant. 
Photo: Teesha McClam

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