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139 – Winning an Oscar for Your Documentary Film

Imagine stepping up to the podium to accept your award for Best Documentary Feature for the film that you have put your heart, soul, blood sweat tears into. What would you say? Who would thank? Where would you even start?

Well, Steven Bognar, of this year’s American Factory knows precisely what this feels like. And he details the story of he and his partner, Julia Reichert’s walk to that Oscar podium.

And he details a heckuva lot more about what it means to live the life of a documentary filmmaker in Dayton, OH, far from the neon lights of New York, London, or L.A. And what it means to make meaningful documentaries that impact a lot of people and win a lot of awards.

What it means to live and lead a documentary life.

Topics Discussed

  • host Chris G. Parkhurst gives some History 101 of documentaries and the Academy Awards
  • why its beneficial to the world that documentary filmmakers make films from where they are at
  • how American Factory came from turning down what was initially meant to be a corporate video for the Fuyao factory
  • play-by-play of Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s walk to the podium to accept their award for Best Documentary Feature
  • unique sound approaches that were brought to American Factory

 

Additional Resources

 

Trailer for American Factory

 

American Factory wins Best Documentary Feature

 

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Host and TDL Founder, Chris G Parkhurst

Chris is a documentary filmmaker and the founder and host of The Documentary Life, a platform which aims to inform and inspire documentary filmmakers from around the globe.

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