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Film Section

  • ‘small ohio town’— See filmmaker work-in-progress

    Filmmaker Steve Bognar wasn’t initially intending to document the life of a small town when he set out — but for over 12 years, that’s just what he’s done as he’s continued to film the cycles of Yellow Springs life.

  • ‘Caesar’s Redemption’— Local history, authentically imagined

    Local playwright Kane Stratton is debuting an eight-minute film vignette drawn from a longer script that explores the life of a Black man named Caesar, a “maroon” among the Shawnee people of southwestern Ohio in the 1770s and beyond.

  • Villagers bring home Oscar

    “American Factory,” the documentary film by villagers and filmmakers Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert, won the Oscar for “Best Documentary Feature” at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 9.

  • Former villager rounds up locals to ‘dance PhD’

    What’s the best way to connect with the public on the basics of an area of scientific research? Through dance, of course.

  • Local filmmakers to return to Oscars

    Steve Bognar and Julia Reichart are shown in Park City, Utah, where they last week attended the prestigious Sundance Film Festival to show their documentary, “American Factory.” The filmmakers brought home one of the festival’s top honors, the “Directing Award: U.S. Documentary.” (Submitted photo)

    “American Factory,” the documentary film by villagers and filmmakers Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert, has been nominated for the Academy Award for “Best Documentary Feature.”

  • Film explores ‘moral injury’ vets face

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness Clark, Greene and Madison Counties, or NAMI CGM, will be screening “Almost Sunrise,” a film that explores the effects of mental illness and moral injury on veterans, on Saturday, Nov. 9. The free screening will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Little Art Theatre.

  • Back to the land, 40 years on

    A film still from “Hippie Family Values,” showing children in the early days of the Ranch, an intentional community in New Mexico that is the focus of Bev Seckinger’s 2018 documentary, playing at the Little Art Theatre on Monday, July 29, at 6 p.m. The film was edited by villager Jim Klein. (Submitted Photo)

    The year was 1976. Fifty people pitched in $1,200 each to purchase a former ranch in southwestern New Mexico. In the language of the age, they sought to go “back to the land.”

  • Little Art shows ‘Strangelove’

    Still from Dr. Strangelove, "in the war room." (Photo courtesy of wikimedia commons)

    An unhinged general with his finger on the button, ordering a nuclear strike on Eastern Europe? In 2019?

  • Steve Bognar receives a ‘Welcome to the Academy’

    Documentary filmmaker Steve Bognar was recently invited into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Pictured here on the steps of the studio he shares with his filmmaking and life partner Julia Reichert, Bognar has been making documentary films, including this summer’s “American Factory,” for 35 years. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

    The news came by email. Subject line: “Welcome to the Academy.” For a moment villager Steve Bognar was stumped. “The Academy? The Taekwondo Academy in Fairborn?” he joked in an interview at his Yellow Springs home this week.

  • ‘American Factory’ to be released on Netflix Aug. 21

    The new documentary, ‘American Factory,’ a documentary by local filmmakers Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert, will be released on Aug. 21 on Netflix, it was announced this week.