See, I knew them……
Before they were elected “Best Documentary Directors” by the Sundance Film Festival in 2019.
Before MOMA put together a retrospective of their work.
Before Rotten Tomatoes gave them a 98% rating for their newest documentary.
Before they were both elected to the prestigious Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
They are Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar and their film “American Factory“ premiered on Netflix on August 21, 2019.
Once upon a time, many years ago, they invited me into their world of independent filmmaking. Oh, the things I learned. The fun I had.
They introduced me to some of the most creative, dedicated and hardest working people one ever could imagine.
Most importantly, they became my good friends. And in spite of all these accolades, they are still the people they were before. They still live in the same house in the same small town in Ohio and they still leave their egos in the cutting room. Just like they did before.
I urge you and yours to watch this film. It’s an important piece of work. But don’t take my word for it. Go to Rotten Tomatoes and see what the experts think.
As an aside. When you watch American Factory, and I hope you do, ask yourselves how in the world Julia and Steve, with their cameras in hand, were afforded access to so many important, personal and revealing stories. It’s extraordinary.