Steven Bognar

Moving Image, 2001

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 and Accomplishments


Bognar receives a MacArthur Foundation documentary grant

2010: Bognar's new film _The Last Truck_ is nominated for an Academy Award for best short documentary

2010: Bognar is a Filmmaker in Residence at the Center for Social Media in Washington, DC

2007: _A Lion in the House_ receives Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the Emmy Awards

2007: _A Lion in the House_ is nominated for Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit Awards

2006: _A Lion in the House_ receives its broadcast premiere on PBS through a two-night, primetime special

2001: Bognar receives MacDowell Colony fellowship