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STEVEN BOGNAR & JULIA REICHERT
All four of Steven Bognar's films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. His first, the feature documentary Personal Belongings went on to screen in 27 other festivals including IDFA, San Francisco, Gen Art and Atlanta, where it won the audience award. Personal Belongings has also screened at Lincoln Center, the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Northwest Film Center. The film aired nationally in the U.S. on the PBS series P.O.V., in France/Germany on ARTE and internationally in nine other countries.
Bognar's documentary short Picture Day screened in 20 film festivals internationally, including IDFA, Full Frame and the British Short Film Festival. Picture Day also screened at the Guggenheim Museum and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Contemporary Documentary series. Gravel, his experimental narrative short, played many festivals after its Sundance premiere, and is seen on the Sundance Channel. Bognar has written for the Independent Film & Video Monthly and Indiewire, and has worked for 12 years as a media arts educator in schools, teaching media literacy to thousands of kids.
Over the years, Steven Bognar has worked as a dishwasher, apple orchard farmhand, delivery driver, busboy, movie projectionist, grip, sound recordist and cinematographer. He is the recipient of grants and/or fellowships from the Creative Capital Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Ohio Arts Council and, with Julia Reichert, the Rockefeller Foundation.
Reichert is a two-time Academy Award Nominee for Best Feature Documentary for Seeing Red and Union Maids. These films and two others, Growing Up Female and Methadone - An American Way Of Dealing, all screened nationally in the U.S. on PBS. Reichert wrote, produced and directed the feature film Emma & Elvis (which screened at numerous international film festivals), and produced (with Steven Bognar) The Dream Catcher, a feature film directed by Ed Radtke. The Dream Catcher has screened in over 20 international film festivals, won numerous awards and is seen on the Sundance Channel.
Parallel to her filmmaking career, Julia Reichert has worked for years building the independent film community. Filmmaker Magazine recently named her one of the godmothers of American Independent film. On a national level, Reichert co-founded New Day Films, a distribution co-operative for independent films, and The Film Fund, a foundation that supported the making of social issue media, and which led to the creation of the Independent Feature Project. Reichert is also Professor of Motion Pictures at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
Reichert has written for the Independent Film & Video Monthly, authored the classic Doing It Yourself, A Handbook on Independent Film Distribution, and a chapter of With Both Eyes Open, Seeing Beyond Gender, edited by Johnson and Kalvern.
Reichert's work has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, the American Film Institute, ITVS and several corporations. She has received a Fulbright Fellowship and with Steven Bognar is a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, and has received support from the Ohio Arts Council and the MacDowell Colony.
Line Producer of A Lion in the House and Project Director of mylion.org, Godoy develops independent film and programming for public television. Her forthcoming production, Do Not Go Gently, about the power of imagination in aging, with narrator Walter Cronkite, is being offered nationally by American Public Television to air on PBS stations beginning in May 2007. Classical Quest, a film that compares classical music to time travel, has been airing on PTV from 2000 to the present. In 2004, Godoy completed the interactive virtual community for violinists, violinmasterclass.com, currently used in over 25 countries. Godoy was the coordinating producer and a director for the award-winning NEA & NEH-funded High Definition installation in the Cincinnati Art Museum. In 2003, she served as script supervisor to Julie Dash on Brothers Of The Borderland; and in 2004, she directed What Is Freedom?, both large screen projections at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. During the last presidential election, Godoy was a field producer/director of photography for the cinéma verité feature, Election Day, by Katy Chevigny. Godoy has also produced HD spots for BET. Her programs have earned numerous industry awards including two regional Emmys. She produces Viewfinder, a monthly talk show about independent filmmaking on Cincinnati's public television station, CET.
KAREN Y. DURGANS
National Outreach Manager for the LION project has worked for over 15 years as a counselor, social worker and advocate to at-risk and institutionalized youth and to families in high-risk environments. She knows how to reach underserved communities. Durgans has also worked as an independent filmmaker on a The Visionaries television series episode, "American International Health Alliance-Partners in Health" that aired on public television in 2004. She has two Masters Degrees, in Social Work and Media & Philanthropy and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Kevin Jones is an independent filmmaker, writer and editor. His editing work includes the broadcast version of Avon Kirkland's Simple Justice and the DVD release of Kirkland's Ralph Ellison: An American Journey. Jones also edited the documentary The Battle For Local 5668 (Shawn Bennett, director) and assistant edited on the documentaries Afghanistan Project (Bonnie Cohen, director), In Search Of Common Ground (Arleigh Prelow, director). Jones has a religion degree from Wright State University and is the writer and director of the short film 18 Months.
James Klein has been an independent filmmaker since 1969. His work has been highly recognized, with two Academy Award nominations, national television airings of every film, and presentation at leading film festivals around the world, including the New York Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival (winner of the top documentary award), and the Cannes Film Festival, among others. Along with his partner, Julia Reichert, he made the first documentary about women from a feminist perspective, Growing Up Female; one of the first oral history films, the Oscar nominated Union Maids; the first film to challenge government policies on heroin addiction, Methadone: An American Way of Dealing; and the first documentary film on American Communists, Seeing Red, which brought their second Academy Award nomination. In 1990, he produced his first solo project, Letter To The Next Generation, which premiered on the national PBS series, POV. His most recent work is Taken For A Ride. As an editor, along other projects, he edited the feature film, The Dream Catcher, winner of numerous international festivals including the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, and was editor of the Sundance award-winning documentary, Scout's Honor. Klein has served seven years on the board of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers.
Mary Lampson is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and editor. Lampson co-edited the academy-award wining documentary Harlan County, USA and worked as an editor on many other independently produced documentary features. She has worked with Emile de Antonio, Ricky Leacock, D.A. Pennebaker, Barbara Kopple and, most recently, with Julia Reichert, Steve Bognar and Anne Makepeace, Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry. Lampson has also worked in the dramatic format. Her film Until She Talks was produced independently and aired on the PBS series American Playhouse. Until She Talks won Best Film Made for Television at the Mannheim Film Festival, a Cine Golden Eagle, a Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival and Best Short Dramatic Film at the Athens Film Festival. She has produced over 25 short live action films for Sesame Street. She has been a fellow and advisor at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute. She also teaches filmmaking to children as an artist-in-residence at all levels of K-12.
Jaime Meyers was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. While in film school there, she wrote and directed Worn Down, a short film which won the Director's Choice Award at the Black Maria Film Festival. She has worked as an editor for more than 8 years. Her repertoire consists of documentary and television specials for PBS, The Discovery Channel, Encore, BET and Fox Movie Channel, as well as the Sundance Official Selection A Lion in the House. Jaime has also been involved as an editor on the DVD featurettes of more than 25 wide release motion pictures. She lives and works in Los Angeles and is at present editing a narrative feature film.