Award-winning Filmmaker Julia Reichert to Address Antioch University Midwest Class of ’13

YELLOW SPRINGS, OH—Award-winning independent filmmaker, and Yellow Springs resident, Julia Reichert will be the commencement speaker for the Antioch University Midwest (AUM) graduating class of 2013.

Antioch University Midwest will celebrate its Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement on Sunday, May 19 at the Schuster Center in Dayton, Ohio.

Reichert has been called a godmother of the American independent film movement and is a three time Oscar nominee. Her film Growing Up Female (with Jim Klein) was the first feature documentary of the modern Women’s Movement. It was recently chosen for inclusion on the National Film Registry.

Her films Union Maids and Seeing Red (also with Klein) were both nominated for Academy Awards for Best Feature Documentary, as was the short documentary The Last Truck, about the closing of the Dayton General Motors plant.

Her film A Lion in the House (with Steven Bognar) premiered at Sundance, screened nationally on PBS, was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award, and won the Primetime Emmy for “Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking”.

She co-wrote and directed the feature film Emma and Elvis, produced the feature The Dream Catcher. Her latest film, Sparkle (with Bognar) about the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Sherri “Sparkle” Williams, won the Audience Award for Best Short at Silverdocs 2012. Her most recent project is an interactive nonfiction website, Reinvention Stories. Reichert is co-founder of New Day Films, the social issue film distribution co-op, which is now 40 years old. She is author of Doing It Yourself, the first book on self-distribution in independent film, is Professor of Motion Pictures at Wright State University in Ohio, a graduate of Antioch College, a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and a grandma.

Vernetta Willett, a 2013 graduate of the Individualized Master of Arts program, will also sing as part of Antioch University Midwest’s commencement ceremony,. Ms. Willett is part of the Jeremy Winston Chorale, the recently-formed choir group which took the Gold Medal in Gospel and two silver medals at the 2012 World Choir Games held in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ms. Willett and the Chorale were invited to perform for President and Mrs. Obama at the White House in December 2012. Willett received her M.A. in social sciences where she focused on how music education enhances literacy development in middle school students.

About Antioch University Midwest: Antioch University Midwest is one of the five campuses of Antioch University, an institution proud of serving adult learners and their specific needs for twenty-five years. Antioch University is a not for profit 501c3 multi-campus university of more than 4,000 students who study at the Antioch Midwest campus in Yellow Springs, OH, and at campuses in Seattle, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Keene, New Hampshire, online and around the world!

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