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Speed Cinema+ Presents: Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists

February 13 at 6:00 pm - 7:40 pm

Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists
Directed by Julia Reichert and Jim Klein

Seeing Red is a unique documentary telling the untold stories and adventures of ordinary Americans who joined the Communist Party and the price they paid in the mid-20th century. From more than 400 interviews with former and current Party members, the filmmakers bring us an engaging, funny, and human portrait of 50 years of Red activism and attack, from its heyday in the 1930s and 1940s, to the witch hunts of the 1950s, to its final collapse after the revelations of Stalin’s crimes. Singer Pete Seeger and a dozen other rank and file members offer their never-before-told stories.

Academy Award Nomination for Best Feature Documentary in 1984. 1983, U.S., DCP, 100 minutes. Recommended for 12+.

CINEMA+ Followed by a post-screening discussion with director Julia Reichert and Dr. Catherine Fosl, Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, University of Louisville.

$9 | $7 Speed members



Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film
This retrospective celebrates one of the most distinguished bodies of work in American independent film and one of our most accomplished documentarians—Julia Reichert.
Reichert is a pioneering documentary filmmaker and a three-time Academy Award-nominee. Reichert’s first film, Growing Up Female (1971), made with Jim Klein, was the first feature documentary of the modern women’s movement and was recently selected for the National Film Registry. Her films, Union Maids (1976) and Seeing Red (1984) (also with Klein), were both nominated for Academy Awards for Best Feature Documentary. Seeing Red premiered at the Telluride and New York Film Festivals, and it screened theatrically in more than 100 cinemas across the country.
Reichert’s landmark four-hour documentary, A Lion in the House (2006), made with Steven Bognar, premiered at Sundance, screened nationally on PBS, and won the Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking. Her film, The Last Truck (2009, also with Bognar), premiered on HBO and screened at the Telluride Film Festival.
Reichert and Bognar created the interactive multi-platform web project, Reinvention Stories (2012/2013). She also co-directed the short films Sparkle (2012) and Making Morning Star (2016), which have been seen in numerous festivals and on PBS. Reichert is a co-founder of New Day Films, an independent film distribution co-op. She is the author of Doing It Yourself, the first book on self-distribution in independent film. She is a mother and a grandmother who lives and works in small town Ohio, drawn to stories that explore class, gender, and race in America. Presently, Reichert completed American Factory in 2019 (shortlisted for the Best Feature Documentary Oscar) and is working on 9to5: The Story of a Movement (2020)—two feature documentaries probing the themes that have guided her life’s work.
Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film is organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts with the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and is curated by Wexner Center Director of Film/Video David Filipi. Special thanks to Chicken & Egg Pictures for its support. Film descriptions courtesy the Wexner Center for the Arts.
The Speed’s presentation of Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.


February 13
6:00 pm - 7:40 pm
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