9to5: The Story of a Movement


2020-2021 Independent Lens Film Season

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Before the hit song or film, “9 to 5” was an inspiring movement for equality that encapsulated the spirit of both the women’s and labor movements of the 1970s.

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Sunday, January 24th
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Join the Carbondale Public Library, WSIU Public Broadcasting, & Carbondale United for an IndieLens PopUp Game Show trivia experience. Trivia questions will be inspired by the documentary film 9to5: The Story of a Movement, which explores the history of working women in the U.S. All trivia participants will receive a prize, with additional prizes for the winners.

Featured Special Guest – Martha Stackhouse

Martha Stackhouse Featured GuestMartha Stackhouse, a native of Beloit, Wisconsin, attended Western Illinois University where she studied Sociology & Anthropology, and graduated from Sawyer College of Business. In the 1970s, she began a career in corporate America – working for large entities such as Abbott Laboratories, Rust-Oleum Corporation, Baxter International and Kraft Foods. Throughout her almost 40-year career, she held a range of positions with increasing levels of responsibility. Prior to retirement, she served as the Executive Administrator to the Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of Kraft Foods. As a wife and mother of two, she balanced family, her professional career and other entrepreneurial efforts. In 2004, she launched MKK Creations, a craft business providing hand-sewn items and knitted and crocheted goods. Now in retirement, Martha spends her days volunteering as a reader for the Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS). She also indulges in her creative passions which include fiber arts, world cuisine, vintage films and spending time with her two cats.

About the Film

They couldn’t kill their bosses, so they did the next best thing  — they organized.

When Dolly Parton sang “9 to 5,” she was doing more than just shining a light on the fate of American working women. Parton was singing the true story of a movement that started with 9to5, a group of Boston secretaries in the early 1970s. Their goals were simple—better pay, more advancement opportunities and an end to sexual harassment—but their unconventional approach attracted the press and shamed their bosses into change. Featuring interviews with 9to5’s founders, as well as actor and activist Jane Fonda, 9to5: The Story of a Movement is the previously untold story of the fight that inspired a hit and changed the American workplace.

About The Filmmakers

Ohio-based Julia Reichert is a four time Academy Award nominee and Oscar winner for her documentary work. Julia’s student film at Antioch College, Growing Up Female was the first feature documentary of the modern Women’s Movement. It was selected for the National Film Registry. Her films Union Maids and Seeing RedStories of American Communists, (with Jim Klein) were screened worldwide, nominated for Academy Awards for Best Feature Documentary, as was The Last Truck, as a Short. Her film A Lion in the House (made with Steven Bognar) premiered at Sundance, screened nationally on PBS, won the Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking. Her film, The Last Truck (with Bognar) premiered on HBO, and the Telluride Film Festival. Reichert and Bognar won the 2020 Academy Award for Best Documentary for American Factory. Julia is co-founder of New Day Films, the independent film distribution co-op. She is author of “Doing It Yourself,” the first book on self-distribution in independent film. Julia has been drawn to focus on class, gender and race in her work. She is a mom and a grandma.

Steven Bognar is an Oscar and Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker based in Ohio. With his partner Julia Reichert, he has directed and produced American FactoryThe Last Truck, and A Lion in the House. Their films have screened at top film festivals, and on HBO, PBS and Netflix. Bognar’s first feature documentary, Personal Belongings, which he produced, directed & edited, premiered at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, and screened that year at SXSW, IDFA and on P.O.V. His short films include Last Reel (Telluride Film Festival premiere), Foundry Night Shift (True/False Film Festival premiere), No Guns for Christmas (New York Times Op-Doc, with Reichert) and Picture Day (Sundance Film Festival premiere).

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