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.