Steven Bognar Gravel

Steven Bognar

Steven Bognar has completed six films since 1986, many of which focus on regional identity, the Midwestern landscape, and the significance of photographic images. His films include A Lion in the House (2006; co-directed by Julia Reichert), Gravel (2003), Picture Day (2000), Personal Belongings (1996) and Welcome to Censornati (1990). Bognar’s work has been screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the DoubleTake Documentary Festival, South by Southwest, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and has aired on PBS, the Independent Film Channel and Deep Dish Television. He is a contributor to Independent Film and Video Monthly and has taught at Antioch College and in Ohio public schools.

Awards & Accomplishments

  • 2013


    Bognar receives a MacArthur Foundation documentary grant

  • 2010


    Bognar is a Filmmaker in Residence at the Center for Social Media in Washington, DC

  • 2010

    Award Nomination

    Bognar’s new film The Last Truck is nominated for an Academy Award for best short documentary

  • 2001


    Bognar receives MacDowell Colony fellowship

  • 2006

    Broadcast premiere

    A Lion in the House receives its broadcast premiere on PBS through a two-night, primetime special

  • 2007

    Award nomination

    A Lion in the House is nominated for Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit Awards

  • 2007


    A Lion in the House receives Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the Emmy Awards

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