Huge Win for Ohio Documentary
December 4, 2019 by Screenmag
It has been a huge couple of weeks for the documentary AMERICAN FACTORY and its Ohio-based directors Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar. Following up their Independent Spirit Award nomination, AMERICAN FACTORY just won the coveted Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Documentary, beating out favorite APOLLO 11 from HBO Films and fellow Ohioan Todd Douglas Miller.
"We're so grateful for the Gotham Award because it recognizes a film that digs deep into the stories of working-class people and Midwestern perspectives," co-director Julia Reichert told SCREEN. "Even though it starts as a local story it is really about globalization."
"We're also grateful because the other nominees are great and inspiring films," Reichert said, with a loaded lineup of nominees in ONE CHILD NATION, THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY, MIDNIGHT TRAVELER, and the afore-mentioned APOLLO 11. "Also because IFP has been part of our filmmaking life for decades. IFP Spotlight on Docs is where AMERICAN FACTORY had its coming out, as we started to fundraise."
AMERICAN FACTORY is now streaming on Netflix. In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.
Enjoy the trailer right here: