© 2022 WYSO
Our Community. Our Nation. Our World.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Yellow Springs Filmmakers' Fuyao Glass America Doc To Stream On Netflix

Dawnetta Cantrell from American Factory
American Factory
Dawnetta Cantrell from American Factory

Academy Award-nominated Yellow Springs filmmakers Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert’s latest documentary about Fuyao Glass America will soon be available for streaming. The film will be shown on Netflix under a partnership between the streaming video company and former President Barack Obama's and Michelle Obama’s company Higher Ground Productions

The film American Factory debuted at the recent Sundance Film Festival. It follows the Moraine GM Assembly Plant’s transformation into the Chinese-owned Fuyao Glass America.

American Factory is a follow-up of sorts to Reichert’s and Bognar’s 2009 Oscar-nominated “The Last Truck.” That documentary told the story of the GM plant’s closure and ripple effects.

The Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions is expected to feature a mix of documentary-style and scripted films.

Steve Bognar Julia Reichert
Credit Eryn Montgomery

The deal between Higher Ground and Netflix is the latest in a series of attention grabbing deals for Reichert and Bognar.

The pair secured financing for “American Factory” from company Participant Media -- a distribution company specializing in documentary and social-issue-focused media.

And the film took home a Best Director award at the Sundance Film Festival.