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Documentarian Julia Reichert to aspiring filmmakers: Honor your own experiences

Oscar winner shares advice while on campus for talk with artist LaToya Ruby Frazier

Visual artist LaToya Ruby Frazier and documentary filmmaker Julia Reichert spent Tuesday evening on The Ohio State University campus, talking about how art can spark change in our society.

In a public discussion moderated by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown at Mershon Auditorium, Reichert and Frazier shared the inspiration and stories behind their recent film and photography projects – and celebrated the middle-class working Americans featured in their work.

In an interview with Ohio State News, Reichert shared her advice for students who aspire to be filmmakers. 

Frazier’s photography and audiovisual exhibition The Last Cruze, based on her collaboration with members of UAW Local 1112 and their families to record their stories as they faced the closure of the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, is on view at the Wexner Center for the Arts through April 26.

Reichert’s Oscar-winning film American Factory shot with her partner, Steven Bognar, also examines American labor, detailing the events that followed the opening of a Chinese billionaire-owned factory in an abandoned western Ohio GM plant. The film is part of the touring Wex-organized retrospective “Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film.”

Frazier and Reichert appeared as part of the Wexner Center’s Lambert Family Lecture Series, which features experts who explore global issues in art and contemporary culture with the region’s diverse audiences.

The full conversation is archived here: https://wexarts.org/read-watch-listen/replay-2020-lambert-family-lecture 

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