Documentary Filmmaker Julia Reichert’s Brutal Illness Led to Death — US day News
Documentary filmmaker and 2020 Academy Award winner passed away on December 1, 2022. Details surrounding Julia Reichert’s cause of death were revealed shortly after her death at 76.
On Friday, her partner and frequent film collaborator Steven Bognar said that Reichert died Thursday night in her home in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with her loved ones present.
Julia Bell Reichert was born on June 6, 1946, in Bordentown Township, New Jersey, United States. The star was a co-founder of New Day Films. her filmmaking career spans over 50 years as a director and producer of documentaries.
Reichert and Bognar won an Oscar for Best Documentary for their 2019 film American Factory, which was one of four Academy Award nominations Julia received during her professional career.
She attended the Oscars in February 2020 even while she underwent chemotherapy. She took the stage with her partner, Bognar, to accept their award for their movie, which centers on a “billionaire who reopens an abandoned GM plant outside Dayton, Ohio.”
During her acceptance speech for the award at the time, Reichert said: “Just being in the presence of our sister and brother documentarians, who risk their lives making stories, bringing stories to us about hospitals being bombed, about Brazil — we are so proud, we are inspired.”
Their documentary was produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s company Higher Ground. It was picked up by Netflix for distribution.
Reichert continued:: “Our film is from Ohio and China, but really could be from anywhere where people put on a uniform, punch a clock, trying to make their families have a better life. Working people have it harder and harder these days. We believe things will get better when workers of the world unite.”
The Library of Congress inducted her first movie, Growing Up Female, into its National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
Julia’s most recent work included an untitled documentary about American comedian Dave Chappelle, which premiered at Tribecas Film Festival in May 2021.
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Julia Reichert’s Cause of Death Officially Announced
Julia Reichert’s cause of death was urothelial cancer. The filmmaker was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2006, and with urothelial cancer in 2018.
In January 2020, she announced told that her illness was terminal and that winning an Oscar at the time “would be meaningful after four nominations and my age and my state of life. It would be very meaningful.”
The legendary filmmaker is survived by three brothers Louis, Joseph, and Craig Reichert, her daughter Lela Klein, nephew Jeff Reichert, and two grandchildren, in addition to her longtime partner, Steven Bognar.
At the time the heartbreaking news of Julia Reichert’s death was revealed, his friends and fans expressed their deepest sadness. Many people also took to Twitter to send their tributes to the talented actor.
David Wilson wrote on Twitter: “My friend Julia Reichert has died. She was a filmmaker, class warrior, radical feminist, and mentor to many, including me. Pure of heart, sharp of mind, generous of spirit. Our world is dimmer today.”
One Twitter user tweeted: “RIP Julia Reichert. She made American Factory AND A Lion in the House AND she yelled “Workers of the world unite!” on stage at the Oscars. And she and Steve were so nice to me 25 years ago in Dayton, Ohio when they had no reason to be. One of the giants of documentary filmmaking.”
“My Film Professor, and Documentarian, at Wright State University in Ohio, Julia Reichert, passed away today after a long battle with cancer. She was a champion of women and loved film. She took us rag-tag kids and helped shape us all into filmmakers& storytellers,” one fan wrote.
“Deeply saddened by the death of the documentarian Julia Reichert. I spoke with her on the eve of her well-deserved Oscar win in early 2020, and met a remarkable a woman filled with poise, wisdom and intelligence. A true class act,” Adam Benzine wrote.
Film producer Ira Deutchman also expressed his deep sadness, writing: “Julia Reichert was one of the kindest, most generous people I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Her spirit was so indomitable that somehow I thought she would eventually triumph over her illness. I will miss her so much.”
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Originally published at https://usdaynews.com on December 3, 2022.