Julia Reichert, the filmmaker behind the Oscar-winning documentary American Factory, has died, according to The New York Times. An activist and dedicated chronicler of the American working class, Reichert passed away following a years-long battle with urothelial cancer—she had previously been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006, which went into remission that same year. She was 76 years old.
Reichert began her 50-year career after taking a class under the experimental filmmaker David Brooks at Antioch College, where she made her first film, Growing Up Female, which she made with future husband Jim Klein. That film was selected by the Library of Congress for the National Film Registry in 2011, per the NYT. Together, Reichert and Klein founded New Day Films and collaborated on Methadone–An American Way Of Dealing, Union Maids, and Seeing Red: Stories Of American Communists, with the latter two nominated for Academy Awards.
After her divorce from Klein, Reichert went on to direct her …