The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Julie Reichert, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Reichert will be in residence from December 1999 through April 2000.
Dr. Reichert is a two-time Academy Award Nominee for Best Feature Documentary for Seeing Red and Union Maids. These films and two others, Growing Up Femaleand Methadone - An American Way Of Dealing, all screened nationally in the U.S. on PBS. Reichert wrote, produced and directed the feature film Emma & Elvis(which screened at numerous international film festivals), and produced (with Steven Bognar) The Dream Catcher, a feature film directed by Ed Radtke. The Dream Catcher has screened in over 20 international film festivals, won numerous awards and is seen on the Sundance Channel.
Parallel to her filmmaking career, Dr. Reichert has worked for years building the independent film community. Filmmaker Magazine recently named her one of the godmothers of American Independent film. On a national level, Reichert co-founded New Day Films, a distribution co-operative for independent films, and The Film Fund, a foundation that supported the making of social issue media, and which led to the creation of the Independent Feature Project. Reichert is also Professor of Motion Pictures at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
Dr. Reichert has written for the Independent Film & Video Monthly, authored the classic Doing It Yourself, A Handbook on Independent Film Distribution, and a chapter of With Both Eyes Open, Seeing Beyond Gender, edited by Johnson and Kalvern.
Dr. Reichert's work has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, the American Film Institute, ITVS and several corporations. She has received a Fulbright Fellowship and with Steven Bognar is a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, and has received support from the Ohio Arts Council and the MacDowell Colony.
While at the Institute, Dr. Reichert will be teaching a course in the graduate program on Creativity, Meaning, and the End of Life. As a published writer and teacher of creative writing, Dr. Reichert feels strongly that "it is important for the medical community to recognize and support ill and dying people as whole persons rather than as cases or diagnoses."