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Yellow Springs filmmaker receives prestigious international award

Julia Reichert, a Yellow Springs filmmaker and three-time Oscar nominee, will be awarded the International Documentary Association’s Career Achievement Award for 2018 in Los Angeles next month.

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The award is dedicated to building and serving documentary filmmaking around the world and to supporting a thriving documentary culture, according to a news release. Past recipients of the award include Walter Cronkite, Bill Moyers, Robert Redford and Ken Burns. 

Filmmaker Julia Reichert (center in striped shirt) and her supporters, at the Dayton Region's Walk of Fame Luncheon. (Amelia Robinson)

Reichert’s film career began nearly 50 years ago as a student at Antioch College. Her first feature documentary, “Growing Up Female,” was made with Jim Klein in 1971 and documented the Women’s Liberation Movement. 

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The filmmaker has received numerous prestigious honors. The film “A Lion in the House,” made with Steven Bognar in 2006, won the Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking, and the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media. 

During her career, three of her films — “Union Maids” (1977), “Seeing Red” (1984) and “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” (2010) — were Academy Award nominees. 

Film makers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar.

Reichert was a professor of film production at Wright State University for 28 years and co-founded Indie Caucus, the action group working to keep documentary filmmaking alive on PBS. She is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Television Academy. 

This year she was inducted into the Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame.

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