2015 Rebecca Rice Award

(Achievement in Profession)

Julia Reichert '70 BIO

Julia Reichert has been called a godmother of the American independent film movement and is a three time Oscar nominee.  Her film GROWING UP FEMALE was the first feature documentary of the modern Women's Movement.  It was recently chosen for inclusion on the National Film Registry. This film was Julia’s senior project at Antioch.  It was shot in Xenia, Springfield and Yellow Springs, co-directed with Antiochian Jim Klein.

Her films UNION MAIDS and SEEING RED (with Jim Klein), both about the radical spirit in America, were each nominated for Academy Awards for Best Feature Documentary, as was THE LAST TRUCK, a short documentary made with HBO. Her film A LION IN THE HOUSE (also with Steven Bognar) premiered at Sundance, screened nationally on PBS, was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award, and won the Primetime Emmy for "Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking".  She co-produced the feature film THE DREAM CATCHER directed by Bellbrook native Ed Radtke.

Her recent film, SPARKLE (with Steven Bognar) won the Audience Award for Best Short at Silverdocs In Washington DC and the New Orleans Film Festival, 2012, and was broadcast on national PBS. 

She recently delved into the world of web-based interactive projects, co-creating an interactive non-fiction site, REINVENTION STORIES, about how citizens of Dayton, Ohio are recovering from the economic downturn.  This was the result of a wonderful collaboration with WYSO FM.  Reinventionstories.org

Reichert’s current projects include a lively history of 9to5, an organization that brought rights, respect and raises to white collar workers. 9to5 is a little known intersection of the women’s movement and the labor movement.  It brought awareness of ideas such as the glass ceiling, sexual harassment, equal pay for equal work and the Family Medical Leave Act.

Julia is co-founder of New Day Films, the social issue film distribution co-op, which is now 42 years old.  She is author of “Doing It Yourself,” the first book on self-distribution in independent film, and articles for The Independent, a publication of AIVF.  She has mentored dozens of emerging filmmakers.  Reichert is Emerita Professor of Motion Pictures at Wright State University in Ohio, a graduate of Antioch College, and a grandma of two.

She is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and a member of the advisory board of the Independent Feature Project.


PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

1993                        

Joan Argetsinger Steitz  ’63
Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University School of Medicine

1994

David M. Epstein ’54
Emeritus Professor of Music, MA Institute of Technology

1995

Seymour Reichlin ’45
Professor of Medicine Emeritus, Tufts University School of Medicine

1996

Frances Degen Horowitz 54
President Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York

1997

Cynthia Fuchs Epstein 55
Distinguished Professor of Sociology at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

1998

Ursula Herzberger Bellugi 52
Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies

1999

Mark Strand 57
Poet, educator; Poet Laureate of the United States

2000

Stanford Friedman ’53
Pediatrician, professor; researched relationship between physical disease, psychological issues

2001

Kathryn Leary ’75
Entrepreneur, Leary Group Inc.

2002

Arthur Lithgow ’38
Director, actor, educator; "Shakespeare under the Stars" 

2003

Raymond Gambino ’48
Clinical laboratory pathologist; Executive VP Quest Diagnostics/MetPath Inc.

2004

Jorma Kaukonen ’64
Musician, composer, guitar ranch/school owner, Jefferson Airplane founder

2005

Atis ’62 and Judy Folkmanis ’63
Entrepreneurs; Furry Folk Puppets

2006

Cliff Robertson ’46
Actor, director, writer

2007

Carol Greenwald ’77
PBS executive producer; developed “Arthur”; multiple Emmy awards

2008

Robert Zevin 59
Investment banker; Father of Socially Responsible Investing

2009

Gregory Orr 69
Greg Orr is a poet and teaches at the University of Virginia, where he founded the MFA Program in Writing in 1975. He is the author of a number of works of poetry, prose and nonfiction, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as two fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts.

2010

Timothy D. Barrett ’73
Timothy Barrett is an internationally recognized master craftsman and paper historian who is preserving and enhancing the art of hand-papermaking through his work as a practitioner, scholar, and teacher. Combining the skills of artist, ethnographer, scientist, and historian, he documents and demonstrates centuries-old hand-papermaking practices that may otherwise be lost.

2011

Warren Bennis ’51
Leadership guru. Professor of Business Administration and founding chairman of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California, former chair of the organization studies department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2012

Cary Nelson ’67 
Cary has been president of the American Association of University Professors; he is professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; author or editor of more than 20 books, including “Higher Education Under Fire,” “Will Teach For Food: Academic Labor In Crisis,” “Manifesto Of A Tenured Radical” and “Academic Keywords: A Devil's Dictionary For Higher Education.”

2013

Robin Herbert MD ’76
Robin’s medical career has been dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and fair compensation of workers with occupationally-related illnesses.  Principal work treating workers and volunteers exposed to toxic dusts after the collapse of the World Trade Centers as well as workers with musculoskeletal disorders as a result of repetitive work.

2014

Lila Gleitman '52
Lila taught linguistics at Swarthmore College and has done research on language acquisition at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychology. She is past President of the Linguistic Society of America and of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology.