The Director's Cut - A DGA Podcast

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Brought to you by the Directors Guild of America, "The Director's Cut" will bring you the behind-the-scenes stories of today's most talked about films. Each episode features a different director interviewed by one of their peers, leading to revealing conversations about the grueling, but rewarding process of bringing their films to life.

Episode Date
Skyscraper with Rawson Marshall Thurber and Joe Carnahan (Ep. 149)
Director Rawson Marshall Thurber discusses his film, Skyscraper, with fellow director Joe Carnahan. The film tells the story of Will Sawyer, a U.S. war veteran who now assesses security for skyscrapers. When the tallest building in the world is set ablaze, Will finds himself framed for the crime of arson. Now he must use all his skills to both clear his name and rescue his family who are trapped inside the burning structure. See photos and a summary of this event below:
Aug 10, 2018
Boundaries with Shana Feste and Jake Kasdan (Ep. 148)
Director Shana Feste discusses her film, Boundaries, with fellow director Jake Kasdan. The film tells the story of Laura, a single mother who always puts the needs of others before her own. When her pot-dealing, carefree father Jack is kicked out of yet another nursing home, Laura agrees to drive him to Los Angeles to live with her sister Jojo. See photos and a summary of this event below:
Aug 03, 2018
Generation Wealth with Lauren Greenfield and Marina Zenovich (Ep. 147)
Director Lauren Greenfield discusses her film, Generation Wealth, with fellow director Marina Zenovich. The film continues Ms. Greenfield's examination of wealth culture and the pathologies that have created the richest society the world has ever seen by examining materialism, celebrity culture, and social status.
Jul 27, 2018
En El Septimo Dia with Jim McKay and Rebecca Miller (Ep. 146)
Director Jim McKay discusses his film with fellow director Rebecca Miller. The film examines the plight of undocumented immigrants by focusing in on a pivotal week in the life of Jose, a delivery man who works long hours six days a week trying to survive and make it in America.
Jul 20, 2018
Hal with Amy Scott and Chuck Workman (Ep. 145)
Director Amy Scott discusses her film with fellow director Chuck Workman. Set against the backdrop of "New Hollywood" in the 1970s, the film celebrates the life and work of director Hal Ashby whose filmography includes Coming Home, Harold and Maude, Shampoo, and Being There. Ashby's obsessive genius but uncompromising nature became an archetypal story of art versus industry.
Jun 29, 2018
Super Troopers 2 with Jay Chandrasekhar and John Hamburg (Ep. 144)
Director Jay Chandrasekhar discusses his film with fellow director John Hamburg. The long anticipated follow-up to the 2001 cult comedy Super Troopers continues the story of the wacky Vermont Highway Patrol officers who were fired for their shenanigans in the first film.
Jun 22, 2018
First Reformed with Paul Schrader and John Patrick Shanley (Ep. 143)
Director Paul Schrader discusses his film with fellow director John Patrick Shanley. The film tells the story of Reverend Ernst Toller, a former military chaplain who is now the parish pastor of a small dutch reform church in upstate New York. Stuggling with the death of his son who he encouraged to enlist in the armed forces, he finds his faith further challenged after a pregnant parishoner asks him to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist who doesn't want to bring a child into a world he believes is doomed.
Jun 15, 2018
Outside In with Lynn Shelton and Ava DuVernay (Ep. 142)
Director Lynn Shelton discusses her film with fellow director Ava DuVernay. The film follows Chris, a 38-year-old ex-con who is finally granted parole after twenty years behind bars, largely due to the tireless advocacy and support of his high-school teacher, Carol. After the two are reunited, Carol begins to realize Chris' feelings for her have turned romantic, a situation complicated by the fact she is married with a teenage daughter, who has also befriended the awkward parolee.
Jun 08, 2018
A Quiet Place with John Krasinski and Doug Liman (Ep. 141)
Director John Krasinski discusses his film with fellow director Doug Liman. Set in a very near future when most of Earth's population has been eradicated, the film follows a family survivors forced to live in silence as they hide from savage extraterrestrial creatures that hunt exclusively by sound.
Jun 01, 2018
Tully with Jason Reitman and Karyn Kusama (Ep. 140)
Director Jason Reitman discusses his film with fellow director Karyn Kusama. The film stars Charlize Theron as a New York suburban mom whose life is slowly being drained away by the challenges of raising two kids and a newborn. When she is sent help in the form of a gifted night nanny named Tully, she is at first hesitant to accept the assistance but comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful and surprising young woman.
May 24, 2018
An Evening with Director Randal Kleiser (Ep. 139)
Director Randal Kleiser discusses his film Grease along with several others including The Blue Lagoon, White Fang, and Big Top Pee-Wee with moderator Jeremy Kagan. After a special 4k restoration screening of Grease at the DGA theater, Kleiser and speaks in-depth about the film and his career as a director.
May 18, 2018
All I Wish with Susan Walter and Maria Burton (Ep. 138)
Director Susan Walter discusses her film with fellow director Maria Burton. The film tells the story of Senna, a clothing designer whose life seems to be spiraling out of control until she unexpectedly meets Adam, her perfect match, at her 46th birthday party. Expecting never to meet again, the two serendipitously reunite at her 47th birthday party and Senna's life begins to flourish.
May 07, 2018
The Miracle Season with Sean McNamara and Helen Hunt (Ep. 137)
Director Sean McNamara discusses his film with fellow director Helen Hunt. Based on a true story, the film follows a high school volleyball team and their coach, who overcome their grief after the sudden death of their star player and band together in hopes of winning the state championship.
Apr 26, 2018
You Were Never Really Here with Lynne Ramsay and Maggie Greenwald (Ep. 136)
Director Lynne Ramsay discusses her film with fellow director Maggie Greenwald. The film tells the story of a traumatized veteran who tracks down missing girls for a living. When he takes the case of finding the daughter of a rising politician who's running for the Senate, he uncovers a conspiracy that may lead to his awakening or his death.
Apr 13, 2018
Under Cover - An Evening with Directing Team from The Americans (Ep. 135)
David McCoy Barrett moderates the Under Cover: An Evening with the Directing Team from The Americans featuring Actor/Directors Noah Emmerich, Director/Executive Producer Christopher Long, UPM/Executive Producer Mary Rae Thewlis, UPM/Co-Producer Tyson Bidner, and 1st AD Charlie Foster The discussion covers a variety of topics including working with "the J's" (aka Showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields), the challenges of budgeting a period spy series shooting New York for Washington D.C., and how Rhys and Emmerich made the transition from acting to directing.
Apr 09, 2018
Augie with James Keach and Lynne Littman (Ep. 134)
Director James Keach discusses his film with fellow director Lynne Littman. The film tells the inspirational story of Augie Nieto, a fitness industry luminary, who is diagnosed with ALS in 2005. Today, he takes on ALS with his wife Lynne, leading the race to a cure in the fight to save his own life and the lives of millions.
Mar 23, 2018
Freak Show with Trudie Styler and Ira Sachs (Ep. 133)
Director Trudie Styler discusses her debut film with fellow director Ira Sachs. The film tells the story of Billy Bloom, a confident and flamboyant teen newly relocated to an ultra-conservative high school in the deep South. After suffering persecution and bullying, he decides to wear his inner freak with pride and run for homecoming queen.
Mar 09, 2018
Meet the Nominees Movies for TV and Mini-Series Symposium 2018 (Ep. 132)
Mike Robe moderates the Meet the Nominees: Movies for Television and Mini-Series Symposium featuring Kyra Segwick and Jean-Marc Vallee. Nominees Scott Frank, the director of Godless, Barry Levinson, the director of Wizard of Lies, and George C. Wolfe the director of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks were not available to participate. The discussion covers a variety of topics including Vallee's challenging 90-day schedule and Sedgwick's nuanced take of a small story.
Mar 02, 2018
Meet the Nominees Feature Film Symposium 2018 - Part 3 of 3 (Ep. 131)
Jeremy Kagan moderates the 27th Annual DGA Meet the Nominees: Feature Film Symposium featuring Guillermo del Toro, Greta Gerwig, Martin McDonagh, Christopher Nolan, and Jordan Peele on their nominated films. Topics for part three include the nominees discussing how the nominees deal with unexpected and their best and worst days of directing.
Feb 23, 2018
Meet the Nominees Feature Film Symposium 2018 - Part 2 of 3 (Ep. 130)
Jeremy Kagan moderates the 27th Annual DGA Meet the Nominees: Feature Film Symposium featuring Guillermo del Toro, Greta Gerwig, Martin McDonagh, Christopher Nolan, and Jordan Peele on their nominated films. Topics for part two include the nominees discussing casting and the rehearsal process.
Feb 16, 2018
Meet the Nominees Feature Film Symposium 2018 - Part 1 of 3 (Ep. 129)
Jeremy Kagan moderates the 27th Annual DGA Meet the Nominees: Feature Film Symposium featuring Guillermo del Toro, Greta Gerwig, Martin McDonagh, Christopher Nolan, and Jordan Peele on their nominated films. Topics for part one include the nominees' thoughts on how writing and directing intersect and how each of them approached the opening scene of their films.
Feb 09, 2018
Hostiles with Scott Cooper and Peter Landesman (Ep. 128)
Director Scott Cooper discusses his new film, Hostiles, with fellow Director Peter Landesman. Set in 1892, the film stars Christian Bale as a U.S. Cavalry officer who reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family on a harrowing journey through dangerous Comanche territory to their tribal lands in Montana.
Feb 01, 2018
All the Money in the World with Ridley Scott and Michael Mann (Ep. 127)
Director Ridley Scott discusses his new film, All the Money in the World, with fellow Director Michael Mann. The film tells the true story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his mother Gail Harris to convince his billionaire grandfather J. Paul Getty to pay the ransom.
Jan 25, 2018
LBJ with Rob Reiner and Thomas Schlamme (Ep. 126)
Director Rob Reiner discusses his new film, LBJ, with DGA President Thomas Schlamme. The films charts the life of Lyndon B. Johnson from his young days in West Texas to becoming Senator John F. Kennedy's running mate after losing the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination. Sidelined after the election, the once powerful Senate Majority Leader finds himself and the world changed after Kennedy is assassinated and he is thrust into the presidency.
Jan 11, 2018
I, Tonya with Craig Gillespie and Tom McCarthy (Ep. 125)
Director Craig Gillespie discusses his new film, I, Tonya, with fellow Director Tom McCarthy. Based on unbelievable, but true events, the film follows figure skater Tonya Harding as she goes from being the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition to criminal suspect and pariah.
Jan 04, 2018
The Post with Steven Spielberg and Patty Jenkins (Ep. 124)
Director Steven Spielberg discusses his new film, The Post, with fellow Director Patty Jenkins. The film tells the true story of Katherine Graham, the first female publisher of the Washington Post, and editor Ben Bradlee who risked their careers and their freedom when they decided to report on the classified Pentagon Papers, a collection of documents released by Daniel Ellsberg revealing government secrets that spanned three decades.
Dec 28, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi with Rian Johnson and Spike Jonze (Ep. 123)
Director Rian Johnson discusses his new film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with fellow Director Spike Jonze. As the eight installment of the blockbuster franchise, the film continues the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as Rey develops her Force abilities with a reluctant Luke Skywalker while Finn, General Leia Organa and the resistance continue their battle against Kylo Ren and the First Order.
Dec 19, 2017
The Disaster Artist with James Franco and Paul Haggis (Ep. 122)
Director James Franco discusses his new film, The Disaster Artist, with fellow Director Paul Haggis. The film dramatizes the making of writer/director Tommy Wiseau's The Room -- one of the most infamous films in Hollywood history that is often referred to as "the Citizen Kane of bad movies."
Dec 18, 2017
The Shape of Water with Guillermo del Toro and Baz Luhrmann (Ep. 121)
Director Guillermo del Toro discusses his new film, The Shape of Water, with fellow Director Baz Luhrmann. Set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America, the film tells the story of Elisa, a mute, isolated woman who works as a janitor in a high-security government laboratory. When she discovers the lab's classified secret -- an intelligent scaled being from South America that lives in a water tank -- she develops a unique bond with it and learns that its fate lies in the hands of a marine biologist and hostile government agent.
Dec 14, 2017
Phantom Thread with Paul Thomas Anderson and Rian Johnson (Ep. 120)
Director Paul Thomas Anderson discusses his new film, Phantom Thread, with fellow Director Rian Johnson. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Reynolds Woodcock, a tailor whose distinctive style makes him the center of British fashion in 1950s post-war London . His status as a confirmed bachelor is upended when he meets Alma, a young, strong-willed woman who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.
Dec 13, 2017
Downsizing with Alexander Payne and Taylor Hackford (Ep. 119 )
Director Alexander Payne discusses his new film, Downsizing, with fellow Director Taylor Hackford. The film follows Paul and his wife Audrey, who make the life-altering decision to shrink themselves to five inches tall, using a newly-discovered process created as a solution to overpopulation. After Paul undergoes the procedure, he finds that there's more to existence when there's less of him.
Dec 12, 2017
Mayhem with Joe Lynch and Joe Carnahan (Ep. 118)
Director Joe Lynch discusses his new film, Mayhem, with fellow Director Joe Carnahan. The film tells the story of Derek Cho, an attorney who is unjustly fired after being framed by a co-worker. But when a strange virus that makes people act out their worst impulses infects the law office, Derek is forced to fight for his job and his life.
Dec 11, 2017
Roman J. Israel, Esq. with Dan Gilroy and Jeremy Kagan (Ep. 117)
Director Dan Gilroy discusses his new film, Roman J. Israel, Esq, with fellow Director Jeremy Kagan. Denzel Washington stars in this story about a driven attorney whose life is upended when he is recruited to join a firm by cutthroat lawyer George Pierce and begins a friendship with young equal rights champion Maya Alston. As a turbulent series of events ensues Israel's lifelong and career-defining activism is tested.
Dec 05, 2017
Mudbound with Dee Rees and Mira Nair (Ep. 116)
Director Dee Rees discusses her new film, Mudbound, with fellow Director Mira Nair. The film tells an epic story of two families -- one black and one white -- who are forced to confront the realities of life in the American South. Though pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy and bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta, the families' lives are changed when sons from both families forge an uneasy friendship over their shared experience during World War II.
Dec 01, 2017
No Stone Unturned with Alex Gibney and Marc Levin (Ep. 115)
Director Alex Gibney discusses his new film, No Stone Unturned, with fellow Director Marc Levin. The film reviews the events of the evening of June 18, 1994 when six men were gunned down and five others wounded in a pub in Northern Ireland that was frequented mainly by Catholics. The families of the victims were promised justice, but 20 years later they still don't know who killed their loved ones. The documentary reopens the mysterious unsolved case with its allegations of massive collusion between British security forces and Loyalist killers.
Nov 30, 2017
Darkest Hour with Joe Wright and Matt Reeves (Ep. 114)
Director Joe Wright discusses his new film, Darkest Hour, with fellow Director Matt Reeves. Set during the early days of World War II, the film tells the story of how Winston Churchill wrestled with the decision of whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler or continue to fight against incredible odds, with full knowledge that the fate of Western Europe would hang in the balance.
Nov 28, 2017
Wonder with Stephen Chbosky and Jason Reitman (Ep. 113)
Director Stephen Chbosky discusses his new film, Wonder, with fellow Director Jason Reitman. Based on the New York Times bestselling novel, the film tells the inspiring story of August Pullman, a young boy born with facial differences who becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade in his brave journey to just be treated as an ordinary kid.
Nov 27, 2017
Molly's Game with Aaron Sorkin and John Gatins (Ep. 112)
Director Aaron Sorkin discusses his new film, Molly's Game, with fellow Director John Gatins. The film tells the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier, who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade for such players as Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans, and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob.
Nov 17, 2017
Lady Bird with Greta Gerwig and Spike Jonze (Ep. 111)
Director Greta Gerwig discusses her new film, Lady Bird, with fellow Director Spike Jonze. The film follows Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson and her relationship with her wildly loving, strong-willed mother, who works tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father loses his job. The film looks at both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between mother and daughter.
Nov 17, 2017
Last Flag Flying with Richard Linklater and Andrew Davis (Ep. 110)
Director Richard Linklater discusses his new film, Last Flag Flying, with fellow Director Andrew Davis. The film tells the story of former Navy Corps medic Richard "Doc" Shepherd, who enlists his war buddies from three decades ago to go on a road trip to bury his son. As they travel up the East Coast to Shepherd's home in New Hampshire, they try to come to terms with the shared memories of the war that continues to shape their lives.
Nov 16, 2017
Thank You for Your Service with Jason Hall and Bradley Cooper (Ep. 109)
Director Jason Hall discusses his new film, Thank You for Your Service, with fellow Director Bradley Cooper. The film tells the story of four U.S. soldiers who try to cope with their return stateside after a tour in Iraq. As they struggle to readjust to civilian life, lingering memories and wounds sustained in the war threaten to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield.
Nov 10, 2017
The Man From Earth: Holocene with Richard Schenkman and Larry Brand (Ep. 108)
Director The Man From Earth: Holocene discusses his new film, The Man From Earth: Holocene, with fellow Director Larry Brand. The sequel to his 2007 feature The Man From Earth, the film continues the story of John Oldman, a 14,000 year-old being comfortably hiding in plain sight as a college professor in northern California. When four students discover his secret, his existence comes crashing down, putting his life in grave danger and potentially shaking the foundations of humankind.
Nov 10, 2017
The Foreigner with Martin Campbell and Michael Apted (Ep. 106)
Director Martin Campbell discusses his new film, The Foreigner, with fellow Director Michael Apted. The film stars Jackie Chan as a London businessman who embarks on a revenge-fueled vendetta after his teenage daughter is killed in a terrorist attack.
Nov 09, 2017
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with Martin McDonagh and Niki Caro (Ep. 107)
Director Martin McDonagh discusses his new film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, with fellow Director Niki Caro. The film stars Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes, a woman frustrated by the fact that months after her daughter's violent murder, no progress has been made in the case. Infuriated by the lackluster effort by the local police, she commissions three billboards leading into her town with messages aimed at Ebbing's revered chief of police thereby setting off a battle of wills with the police force and the local community.
Nov 09, 2017
So B. It with Stephen Gyllenhaal and Michael Apted (Ep. 105)
Director Stephen Gyllenhaal discusses his new film, So B. It, with fellow Director Michael Apted. The film tells the story of Heidi, a precocious 12 year-old whose mother has only 22 words in her entire vocabulary. But when a new word pops out of her mother's mouth, Heidi is propelled on a solo journey to discover who she is and where she and her childlike mother came from.
Nov 08, 2017
Goodbye Christopher Robin with Simon Curtis and Bob Balaban (Ep. 104)
Director Simon Curtis discusses his new film, Goodbye Christopher Robin, with fellow Director Bob Balaban. The film offers a glimpse into the relationship between children's author A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the Winnie the Pooh stories. As the books became an international success in England after the First World War, Milne's family grapples with the cost of fame.
Nov 03, 2017
Marshall with Reginald Hudlin and Jeff Byrd (Ep. 103)
Director Reginald Hudlin discusses his new film, Marshall, with fellow Director Jeff Byrd. The film tells the story of a young Thurgood Marshall as he faces one of his greatest challenges as a lawyer for the NAACP: defending a black chauffer accused of assault and attempted murder by a white socialite.
Nov 02, 2017
Wonderstruck with Todd Haynes and Dan Gilroy (Ep. 102)
Director Todd Haynes discusses his new film, Wonderstruck, with fellow Director Dan Gilroy. The film tells the dual stories of Ben and Rose, two children living 50 years apart who both feel something missing from their lives. As each sets out on their separate quests, their stories unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.
Nov 01, 2017
The Meyerowitz Stories with Noah Baumbach and Brian De Palma (Ep. 101)
Director Noah Baumbach discusses his new film, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), with fellow Director Brian de Palma. Starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, and Elizabeth Marvel, the film tells the emotional tale of three adult siblings who converge in New York to attend an event dedicated to their strong-willed artist father. While there, they must deal with both his fading legacy and the long shadow he has cast over their lives.
Oct 31, 2017
Breathe with Andy Serkis and Matt Reeves (Ep. 100)
Director Andy Serkis discusses his new film, Breathe, with fellow Director Matt Reeves. The film tells the inspiring true story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, who are determined to live their lives to the fullest after Robin is confined to a hospital bed by polio at the age of 28 and given only a few months to live.
Oct 26, 2017
Episode 99: Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 with John Ridley and Sam Pollard
Director John Ridley discusses his new film, Let it Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992, with fellow Director Sam Pollard. In a reexamination of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the film traces the roots of the uprising back to a decade before the first match was lit. Weaving in first-hand accounts from Los Angeles residents of all ethnic backgrounds and classes, the film covers the explosion of anger and the fear in the streets during the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict from the perspectives of the witnesses.
Oct 24, 2017
Episode 98: The Florida Project with Sean Baker and Paul Schrader
Director Sean Baker discusses his new film, The Florida Project, with fellow Director Paul Schrader. Set in a downtrodden hotel complex on the outskirts of Disney World, the film tracks one summer in the life of the precocious six-year-old Moonee, who finds mischief and adventure with her playmates as they spend their days nearly unfettered by adult supervision.
Oct 19, 2017
Episode 97: Battle of the Sexes with Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton and Nicole Holofcener
Director Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton discusses his new film, Battle of the Sexes, with fellow Director Nicole Holofcener. Set against the backdrop of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the film tells the story of the historic 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.
Oct 17, 2017
Episode 96: Brad's Status with Mike White and Miguel Arteta
Director Mike White discusses his new film, Brad's Status, with fellow Director Miguel Arteta. Starring Ben Stiller, the comedic drama tells the story of Brad, whose comfortable life in suburban California isn't quite what he imagined during his glory days in college.
Oct 13, 2017
Episode 95: Blade Runner 2049 with Denis Villeneuve and Rian Johnson
Director Denis Villeneuve discusses his new film, Blade Runner 2049, with fellow Director Rian Johnson. Picking up thirty years after the events of Ridley Scott's classic Blade Runner, the film follows K, an LAPD officer, who discovers a long-buried secret that could plunge what is left of society into chaos.
Oct 12, 2017
Episode 94: First They Killed My Father with Angelina Jolie and Jeremy Kagan
Director Angelina Jolie discusses her new film, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, with fellow Director Jeremy Kagan. Based on a memoir by human rights activist Loung Ung, the film recounts the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s through the eyes of a five-year-old girl as she embarks on a harrowing quest for survival during the Khmer Rouge's four-year reign terror.
Oct 06, 2017
Episode 93: Rebel In the Rye with Danny Strong and Richard Shepard
Director Danny Strong discusses his new film, Rebel in the Rye, with fellow Director Richard Shepard. The film shines a light on the life of legendary author J.D. Salinger, detailing his relationship with socialite Oona O'Neill, his experiences in World War II, and the writing process for his best-known novel, The Catcher in the Rye.
Oct 05, 2017
Episode 92: The Heart of Nuba with Kenneth A. Carlson and Chuck Workman
Director Kenneth A. Carlson discusses his new film, The Heart of Nuba, with fellow Director Chuck Workman. The film covers the work of Dr. Tom Catena, who treats as many as 400 patients a day at Mother of Mercy Hospital as the region is bombed relentlessly by war criminal Omar Al Bashir.
Sep 28, 2017
Episode 91: Shot with Jeremy Kagan and Mick Jackson
Director Jeremy Kagan discusses his new film, Shot, with fellow Director Mick Jackson. The drama follows the immediate aftermath of a shooting as the victim, his wife and the emergency medical personnel fight for his life in the critical first hour. The film simultaneously shows the experiences of the teen shooter as he tries to avoid the consequences of his actions.
Sep 21, 2017
Episode 90: mother! with Darren Aronofsky and William Friedkin
Director Darren Aronofsky discusses his new film, mother!, with fellow Director William Friedkin. The film tells the story of a young woman whose seemingly idyllic life is thrown into disarray when her husband invites strangers who claim to be fans of his work into their home. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem alongside Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris.
Sep 20, 2017
Episode 89: Unlocked with Michael Apted and Martin Campbell
Director Michael Apted discusses his new film, Unlocked, with fellow Director Martin Campbell. The film follows CIA agent Alice Racine, who is forced to live in London as a caseworker after failing to apprehend the terrorist behind an attack in Paris that claimed dozens of live. When she is unexpectedly called back into action by a mentor, she discovers an even greater threat in the form of a lethal biological attack.
Sep 14, 2017
Episode 88: Crown Heights with Matt Ruskin and Gavin O'Connor
Director Matt Ruskin discusses his new film, Crown Heights, with fellow Director Gavin O'Connor. The film tells the true story of Colin Warner, a man wrongfully convicted of murder in 1980s Brooklyn. Convinced of his innocence, Colin's childhood friend, Carl King, spends the next two decades fighting for Colin's freedom and exposing the injustice of his incarceration.
Sep 07, 2017
Episode 87: Tower with Keith Maitland and Ondi Timoner
Director Keith Maitland discusses his new film, Tower, with fellow Director Ondi Timoner. Told through archival footage combined with animation, the film recalls August 1st, 1966 when a gunman opened fire from the top floor of the iconic University of Texas tower.
Sep 01, 2017
Episode 86: To The Bone with Marti Noxon and Rick Rosenthal
Director Marti Noxon discusses her new film, To The Bone, with fellow Director Rick Rosenthal. The drama tells the story of Ellen, a 20-year-old anorexic who has failed at various recovery programs in the past. Desperate for a solution, her family sends her to a group home led by a non-traditional doctor, whose rules force Ellen to truly confront her addiction in order to find a path to survival.
Aug 24, 2017
Episode 85: Landline with Gillian Robespierre and Marielle Heller
Director Gillian Robespierre discusses her new film, Landline, with fellow Director Marielle Heller. The film tells the story of two sisters in 1990s New York City who suspect their father may be having an affair. They set out to discover the truth without tipping off their mother.
Aug 17, 2017
Episode 84: Detroit with Kathryn Bigelow and Paris Barclay
Director Kathryn Bigelow discusses her new film, Detroit, with fellow Director Paris Barclay. The film recounts what happened when misconduct by those charged with upholding the law resulted in the beating of several innocent people and the deaths of three unarmed black men.
Aug 10, 2017
Episode 83: My Journey Through French Cinema with Bertrand Tavernier and Chuck Workman
Director Bertrand Tavernier discusses his new film, My Journey Through French Cinema, with fellow Director Chuck Workman. The film follows Mr. Tavernier's half-century-long love affair with film that began when he was just a boy. Supported by his formidable knowledge on the subject, he details both the giants of his native cinema as well as some frequently overlooked contributors in a film of both personal and historical observations.
Aug 03, 2017
Episode 82: War for the Planet of the Apes with Matt Reeves and Drew Goddard
Director Matt Reeves discusses his new film, War for the Planet of the Apes, with fellow Director Drew Goddard. The third installment in the Planet of the Apes franchise reboot finds Caesar leading a colony of apes who are forced into a struggle with an army of humans who want to destroy them.
Jul 27, 2017
Episode 81: Baby Driver with Edgar Wright and Christopher Nolan
Director Edgar Wright discusses his new film, Baby Driver, with fellow Director Christopher Nolan. The film tells the story of a young getaway driver named Baby who meets the girl of his dream. Hoping to leave his criminal life behind, he is coerced into one last getaway job. But when things go awry, all of his skills will be put to the test if he has any hope of survival.
Jul 20, 2017
Episode 80: All Eyez On Me with Benny Boom and Jeff Byrd
Director Benny Boom discusses his new film, All Eyez on Me, with fellow Director Jeff Byrd. The film tells the story of Tupac Shakur, the prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist. The feature film charts his meteoric rise and ultimate transformation into a cultural icon before his untimely death at the age of 25.
Jul 13, 2017
Episode 79: The King's Choice with Erik Poppe and Victoria Hochberg
Director Erik Poppe discusses his new film, The King's Choice, with fellow Director Victoria Hochberg. The film tells the story of King Haakon VII during three days in 1940 when he faced a moral decision about whether or not to cooperate with the invading German Army. Although outnumbered and facing almost certain defeat, Norwegians, following their King's choice, broke all rules of international diplomacy and warfare. This screening was a part of the DGA's Global Cinema Series. Erik Poppe's previous film Hawaii, Oslo, was the inaugural film of this series when it started in 2004.
Jun 29, 2017
Episode 78: Wakefield with Robin Swicord and Lesli Linka Glatter
Director Robin Swicord discusses her new film Wakefield with fellow Director Lesli Linka Glatter. Wakefield was adapted from an E.L. Doctorow short story about a suburban lawyer with a loving wife and family. Though outwardly successful and happy, his inner feelings of suffocation lead Howard to snap and disappear without a trace. Hiding in his own garage attic, he survives by scavenging at night and spends his time secretly observing the lives of his wife, children and neighbors.
Jun 23, 2017
Episode 77: Wonder Woman with Patty Jenkins and Richard Donner
Director Patty Jenkins discusses her new film Wonder Woman with fellow Director Richard Donner. The film tells the story of Diana, princess of the Amazons, who travels on an adventure after an American pilot suddenly crashes on the shore of her island and tells of a war to end all wars raging in Europe. Convinced she can stop the threat, she leaves home to fulfill her destiny.
Jun 16, 2017
Episode 76: City of Ghosts with Matthew Heineman and Chuck Workman
Director Matthew Heineman discusses his new film City of Ghosts with fellow Director Chuck Workman. The film tells the story of the Syrian citizen journalist collective, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, who banded together to reveal the truth about the ISIS occupation of the city of Raqqa.
Jun 08, 2017
Episode 75: The Drowning with Bette Gordon and Maggie Greenwald
Director Bette Gordon discusses her new film The Drowning with fellow Director Maggie Greenwald. The film follows child psychologist Tom Seymour who spots a young man trying to commit suicide by jumping off a pier. After rescuing him from the water, Tom realizes he and the young man have met before and their present situation is no mere coincidence.
Jun 01, 2017
Episode 74: Aftermath with Elliott Lester and Gregory Plotkin
Director Elliott Lester discusses his new film, Aftermath, with fellow Director Gregory Plotkin. Inspired by actual events, the film tells a story of guilt and revenge when a devastating plane crash causes two men's lives to be inseparably bound together.
May 25, 2017
Episode 73: Salt and Fire with Werner Herzog and Kevin Smith
Director Werner Herzog discusses his film, Salt and Fire, and prolific career with fellow director Kevin Smith. The film follows a scientific delegation who, after being tasked by the U.N. with investigating an ecogical disaster in South America, is kidnapped by the CEO of the Corporation responsible for the problem.
May 18, 2017
Episode 72: The Promise with Terry George and Tony Gilroy
Director Terry George discusses his new film The Promise with fellow Director Tony Gilroy. The film tells the story of a love triangle between Mikael, a brilliant medical student, Ana, a dance instructor, and Chris, an American photojournalist during the waning days of the Ottoman Empire and during the Armenian genocide.
May 11, 2017
Episode 71: The Lost City of Z with James Gray and Matt Reeves
Director James Gray discusses his new film, The Lost City of Z, with fellow director Matt Reeves. The film tells the incredible true story of Col. Percival Fawcett, a British explorer who discovers evidence of an advanced civilization deep in the Amazonian jungle in the early 20th century. Though ridiculed by his peers, Fawcett and his followers return to the jungle in an attempt to prove his case.
May 04, 2017
Episode 70: The Discovery with Charlie McDowell and Zal Batmanglij
Director Charlie McDowell discusses his new film, The Discovery, with fellow director Zal Batmanglij. The film examines the near future where a doctor discovers scientific evidence of an afterlife, an announcement that causes people to commit suicide in droves. While people search for meaning in the life they inhabit, the doctor's son falls for a troubled woman.
Apr 13, 2017
Episode 69: The Zookeeper's Wife with Niki Caro and Lesli Linka Glatter
Director Niki Caro discusses her film The Zookeeper's Wife with fellow director Lesli Linka Glatter. The film stars Jessica Chastain as Antonina Zabinska, who runs the Warsaw Zoo alongside her husband Jan in 1939. When their peaceful lives are threatened after their zoo is razed during the German occupation of Poland, the Zabinskis find themselves creating elaborate plans to save hundreds of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto.
Apr 06, 2017
Episode 68: Fist Fight with Richie Keen and Seth Gordon
Director Richie Keen discusses his film Fist Fight with fellow director Seth Gordon. The film follows Andy (by Charlie Day), a high school teacher who is challenged to a fight by another high school teacher Ron (played by Ice Cube) after Andy inadvertently gets Ron fired.
Mar 23, 2017
Episode 67: Logan with James Mangold and Gavin O'Connor
Director James Mangold discusses his new film, Logan, with Director Gavin O'Connor. The film tells the story of Logan as he cares for his ailing friend, Professor X. They are approached by a young mutant who is being pursued by a villain connected to Logan's past and must rise again to protect an innocent.
Mar 16, 2017
Episode 66: Meet the Nominees Documentary Symposium
James Moll moderates the Meet the Nominees: Documentary Symposium featuring Otto Bell, Ezra Edelman, Josh Kriegman, and Roger Ross Williams on their nominated films. Nominees Raoul Peck, the director of I Am Not Your Negro and Elyse Steinberg, the co-director of Weiner were not available to participate. The discussion covers a variety of topics including editing and interacting with the subjects of their films.
Mar 09, 2017
Episode 65: Meet the Nominees Feature Film Symposium: Part 3 of 3
Jeremy Kagan moderates the 26th Annual DGA Meet the Nominees: Feature Film Symposium featuring Damien Chazelle, Garth Davis, Barry Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan, and Denis Villeneuve on their nominated films. Topics for part three include the nominees' approach to pivotal scenes within each film and how they deal with the pressures of directing.
Mar 02, 2017
Episode 64: Meet the Nominees Feature Film Symposium: Part 2 of 3
Jeremy Kagan moderates the 26th Annual DGA Meet the Nominees: Feature Film Symposium featuring Damien Chazelle, Garth Davis, Barry Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan, and Denis Villeneuve on their nominated films. Topics for part two include how the nominees' approach casting and found the right actor for each films' pivotal roles.
Feb 23, 2017
Episode 63: Meet the Nominees Feature Film Symposium: Part 1 of 3
Jeremy Kagan moderates the 26th Annual DGA Meet the Nominees: Feature Film Symposium featuring Damien Chazelle, Garth Davis, Barry Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan, and Denis Villeneuve on their nominated films. Topics for part one include the nominees' thoughts on the challenging stage of editing and how each of their films portray time.
Feb 16, 2017
Episode 62: The Salesman with Asghar Farhadi and Victoria Hochberg
Director Asghar Farhadi discusses his new film, The Salesman, with fellow director Victoria Hochberg. The film follows a young couple as they rent a new apartment from a fellow performer in a local production of Death of a Salesman, unaware that the previous tenant allegedly pursued a career in prostitution. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film of 2017.
Jan 31, 2017
Episode 61: 20th Century Women with Mike Mills and Marc Webb
Director Mike Mills discusses his new film, 20th Century Women, with Marc Webb. Loosely based on his own childhood, the film follows Dorothea, a single mother raising her adolescent son in Santa Barbara, CA during the cultural revolution of late 1970s. To help steer him through the chaos, Dorothea calls on the help of a punk photographer, a mellow handyman, and her son's best friend to serve as role models.
Jan 26, 2017
Episode 60: Patriots Day with Peter Berg and Ed Zwick
Director Peter Berg discusses his new film, Patriots Day, with Edward Zwick. The film tells the story of the Boston Marathon bombings of April 15, 2013. The film weaves together the stories of the heroic first responders and investigators who raced against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they could strike again.
Jan 19, 2017
Episode 59: The Founder with John Lee Hancock and Jonathan Mostow
Director John Lee Hancock discusses his new film, The Founder, with Jonathan Mostow. The film tells the story of Ray Kroc, a floundering Illinois salesman, who connects with Mac and Dick McDonald, two brothers running a burger operation in southern California in the 1950s. When Kroc realizes the franchise possibilities, he maneuvers himself into a position to buy them out and create a fast-food empire which would eventually become McDonald's.
Jan 17, 2017
Episode 58: Lion with Garth Davis and James Ponsoldt
Director Garth Davis discusses his new film, Lion, with James Ponsoldt. Based on the nonfiction book A Long Way Home, Lion tells the incredible story of Saroo Brierly, a five-year-old boy who gets lost on a train hundreds of miles away from his family. After surviving on the streets of Calcutta, he is eventually adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, Saroo uses Google Earth to reunite with his family in India. Mr. Davis was nominated for the DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for Feature Film, as well as, Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for directing this film.
Jan 13, 2017
Episode 57: Hidden Figures with Theodore Melfi and John Patrick Shanley
Director Theodore Melfi discusses his new film, Hidden Figures, with John Patrick Shanley. Based on the nonfiction book of the same name, the film tells the story of Katharine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan, three African-American female mathematicians who were the brains behind the launch that sent astronaut John Glenn into orbit around the Earth and safely back home.
Jan 10, 2017
Episode 56: Silence with Martin Scorsese and Alexander Payne
Director Martin Scorsese discusses his new film, Silence, with Alexander Payne. Based on a novel by Shusaku Endo, the film follows two Jesuit missionaries who travel to Japan, where Christianity is outlawed, in search of their missing mentor.
Jan 05, 2017
Episode 55: The Comedian with Taylor Hackford and David O. Russell
Director Taylor Hackford discusses his new film, The Comedian, with fellow director David O. Russell. The film stars Robert De Niro as Jackie Burke, a comedian on the downside of his career whose efforts at reinvention are stymied because his fans only want to see him as the television character he once played. After an incident with an audience members gets him sentenced to community service, he finds inspiration in the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul.
Jan 03, 2017
Episode 54: La La Land with Damien Chazelle and Jon Favreau
Director Damien Chazelle discusses his new film, La La Land, with fellow director Jon Favreau. Set in modern-day Los Angeles, the film tells the story of an aspiring actress and a jazz musician who embark on a whirlwind romance as they struggle to make ends meet and find success in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Mr. Chazelle was nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2016 for directing this film.
Dec 30, 2016
Episode 53: Gold with Stephen Gaghan and Sam Esmail
Director Stephen Gaghan discusses his new film, Gold, with fellow director Sam Esmail. Based on true events, the film tells the story of a businessman who teams up with a geologist to search for gold deep in the uncharted jungles of Indonesia. After making the find of the century, their operation draws the unwanted attention of both the FBI and the Indonesian military.
Dec 28, 2016
Episode 52: Rogue One - A Star Wars Story With Gareth Edwards And Chris Miller
Director Gareth Edwards discusses his new film and the latest installment in the Star Wars saga, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film takes place just before the first Star Wars film (Episode 4), and tells the story of a small group of rebel soldiers and their desperate gambit to capture the plans for the under-construction Death Star.
Dec 23, 2016
Episode 51: Julieta With Pedro Almodovar And Jonathan Demme
Famed Spanish Director Pedro Almodóvar discusses his newest film, Julieta. The film tells the story of a middle-aged woman who tries to reconnect with her estranged daughter who deserted her 12 years earlier after the death of their respective husband and father. Almodóvar’s 20th feature explores the complexity of fate, guilt, the mystery that leads us to erase people we love from our lives as if they had never existed, and a mother’s struggle to survive uncertainty. The director speaks in English and Spanish, with a translator.
Dec 22, 2016
Episode 50: Rules Don't Apply with Warren Beatty and Robert Benjamin
Director Warren Beatty discusses his new film, Rules Don't Apply, with Robert Benjamin. Set during the Golden Age of Hollywood, the film tells the story a young, aspiring actress under contract by Howard Hughes who develops an attraction for her driver. Their mutual attraction violates Hughes' rule that no employee may have a relationship with a contract actress.
Dec 20, 2016
Episode 49: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk with Ang Lee and Robert Weide
Director Ang Lee discusses his new film, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, with Robert Weide. The film tells the story of Billy Lynn, a 19-year-old Army Private who is hailed as a hero in the US after a battle in Iraq. Brought home for a victory tour culminating in a spectacular halftime show at the Thanksgiving Day football game, Lynn experiences a series of flashbacks that reveal what really happened to his squad.
Dec 15, 2016
Episode 48: Nocturnal Animals with Tom Ford and Lee Daniels
Director Tom Ford discusses his new film, Nocturnal Animals, with Lee Daniels. A Los Angeles art dealer whose seemingly idyllic life is disturbed by the arrival of a manuscript written and dedicated to her by her ex-husband. As Susan reads and is drawn deeper into the story, its themes force her to examine her past and confront disturbing truths about her present.
Dec 14, 2016
Episode 47: Miss Sloane with John Madden and Jeremy Kagan
Director John Madden discusses his new film, Miss Sloane, with Jeremy Kagan. Elizabeth Sloane, a brilliant and ruthless lobbyist, is put to the test when she comes against one of the most influential powers in Washington D.C.
Dec 13, 2016
Episode 46: Fences with Denzel Washington and Bennett Miller
Director Denzel Washington discusses his new film, Fences, with Bennett Miller. Set in the 1950s, Fences follows the story of a former baseball player who struggles to come to grips with his current situation and hold his family together when events threaten to tear it apart.
Dec 08, 2016
Episode 45: Bleed for This with Ben Younger and Tod WiIlliams
Director Ben Younger discusses his new film, Bleed for This, with Tod Williams. Based on a true story, the film stars Miles Teller as Vinny Pazienza, a junior champion boxer forced to relinquish his title after breaking his neck in a serious accident. Determined to regain his crown, he and his trainer defied medical orders to make a return to the sport he loved.
Dec 06, 2016
Episode 44: Loving with Jeff Nichols and James Gray
Director Jeff Nichols discusses his new film, Loving, with James Gray. The film tells the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who marry in Washington, D.C. in the late 1950s. When they are arrested and imprisoned in their hometown in Virginia, where their marriage was illegal at the time, they pursue a civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, which is ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Dec 01, 2016
Episode 43: Neruda with Pablo Larraín and Victoria Hochberg
Director Pablo Larraín discusses his new film, Neruda, with Victoria Hochberg. The film tells the story of the 1948 manhunt for the poet and politician Pablo Neruda, who is forced underground and into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with an ambitious police inspector when Communism is outlawed in Chile. The film is Chile's official submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Nov 29, 2016
Episode 42: Manchester by the Sea with Kenneth Lonergan and Bob Balaban
Director Kenneth Lonergan discusses his new film, Manchester by the Sea, with Bob Balaban. The film tells the story of a Boston janitor who becomes the sole guardian of his 16-year-old nephew after the sudden death of his brother. He reluctantly returns to his hometown and attempts to deal with the life and family he had left behind. Mr. Lonergan was nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2016 for directing this film.
Nov 22, 2016
Episode 41: Miss Sharon Jones! with Barbara Kopple and Shari Springer Berman
Director Barbara Kopple discusses her new film, Miss Sharon Jones!, with Shari Springer Berman. The film follows the R&B and soul singer Sharon Jones during the most challenging year of her life when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just before the release of her album, Give the People What They Want.
Nov 22, 2016
Episode 40: Hacksaw Ridge with Mel Gibson and John Polson
Director Mel Gibson discusses his new film, Hacksaw Ridge, with John Polson. The film follows the remarkable story of Desmond T. Doss, a World War II army medic, who saved 75 soldiers from the front lines of Battle of Okinawa without ever firing a single shot.
Nov 17, 2016
Episode 39: American Pastoral with Ewan McGregor and Mike Mills
Director Ewan McGregor discusses his new film, American Pastoral, with Mike Mills. Based on the 1997 novel by Phillip Roth, the film centers on Seymour "Swede" Levov, a successful businessman who lives an idyllic life with his wife and daughter. When a stunning act of violence is blamed on Swede's missing daughter, he must confront the consequences of her political activism as he searches for her.
Nov 15, 2016
Episode 38: The Birth of A Nation with Nate Parker and Jeffrey Byrd
Director Nate Parker discusses his new film, The Birth of a Nation, with Jeffrey Byrd. The film tells the true story of Nat Turner: a literate slave living on a Virginia plantation in the early 1800s who is forced to preach obedience to other slaves. When Turner witnesses atrocities committed against other slaves, he orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. Mr. Parker was nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for 2016 for directing this film.
Nov 10, 2016
Episode 37: Command and Control with Robert Kenner and Chuck Workman
Director Robert Kenner discusses his new film, Command and Control, with Chuck Workman. The film chronicles the nine-hour ordeal that occurred at an Arkansas missile complex in September 1980. After a worker drops a socket and accidentally punctures the fuel tank of an intercontinental ballistic missile, drastic measures must be taken to avoid a deadly nuclear explosion.
Nov 08, 2016
Episode 36: Denial with Mick Jackson and Jeremy Kagan
Director Mick Jackson discusses his new film, Denial, with Jeremy Kagan. Based on the book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, the film follows Deborah Lipstadt's court battle against David Irving, who sues her for libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier.
Nov 03, 2016
Episode 35: Solitary with Kristi Jacobson and Nanette Burstein
Director Kristi Jacobson discusses her new documentary, Solitary, with Nanette Burstein. With unprecedented access, the film takes a disturbing look at one of the most controversial aspects of America’s modern prison-industrial-complex: solitary confinement.
Oct 27, 2016
Episode 34 Silver Skies with Rosemary Rodriguez and Arthur Seidelman
Director Rosemary Rodriguez discusses her new film, Silver Skies, with director Arthur Allan Seidelman. The film follows a group of eccentric retirees who find their lives turned upside down when they learn that their beloved apartment complex is being converted to condominiums.
Oct 20, 2016
Episode 33: Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You with Heidi Ewing, Norman Lear, & Chuck Workman
Director Heidi Ewing discusses her new film with Rachel Grady, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, with Director Chuck Workman and its subject Norman Lear. The documentary paints a dynamic portrait of the influential creator, writer, and producer, exploring his work and achievements through shows such as All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons.
Oct 13, 2016
Episode 32: Deepwater Horizon with Peter Berg and Nick Cassevettes
Director Peter Berg discusses his new film, Deepwater Horizon, with Director Nick Cassevetes. The film follows the true events around the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig on April 20, 2010.
Oct 06, 2016
Episode 31: Queen Of Katwe with Mira Nair and Ava DuVernay
Director Mira Nair discusses her new film, Queen of Katwe, with Director Ava DuVernay. The film tells the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a young woman who overcomes her impoverished circumstance to become an international chess champion.
Sep 22, 2016
Episode 30: Star Trek Beyond with Justin Lin and Joe Russo
Director Justin Lin discusses his new film, Star Trek Beyond, with Director Joe Russo. The film finds the crew of the Starship Enterprise crash-landed on an unknown planet with a formidable foe seeking to destroy them and much more.
Aug 04, 2016
Episode 29: Life, Animated with Roger Ross Williams and Robert Weide
Director Roger Ross Williams discusses his new film, Life, Animated, with Director Robert Weide. The film follows the coming of age story of Owen Suskind, who was unable to speak for years as a child. Owen and his family eventually discovered a way to communicate using the classic Disney animated movies Owen loved to watch.
Jul 07, 2016
Episode 28: All Things Must Pass with Colin Hanks and Jeremy Kagan
Director Colin Hanks discusses his new film, All Things Must Pass, with Director Jeremy Kagan. The film charts the rise and fall of Tower Records, founded by Russ Solomon. From humble beginnings, Tower Records grew to become one of the music industry's most iconic retail stores.
Jun 24, 2016
Episode 27: The Craft Of Director with David O. Russell
Director David O. Russell engages in an in-depth discussion with Jeremy Kagan about his filmography, including Three Kings, Silver Linings Playbook, and American Hustle. Topics include thinking of a film's structure in terms of "waves" (10:00), auditioning Christian Bale for the role played by Spike Jonze in Three Kings (18:00), beginning every day on a shoot with a team "huddle" (35:00), and rehearsing a fight scene from The Fighter with Amy Adams at a Whole Foods at 10 o'clock at night (53:00).
Jun 16, 2016
Episode 26: Maggie's Plan with Rebecca Miller and Robert Benton
Director Rebecca Miller discusses her new film, Maggie's Plan, with Director Robert Benton. The film follows the story of a young woman, whose plan to raise her child as a single mother gets derailed when she falls for a married anthropologist. Though after she marries him, she eventually falls out of love and decides to reunite him with his former wife.
Jun 02, 2016
Episode 25: Last Days In The Desert with Rodrigo García and Scott Derrickson
Director Rodrigo García discusses his new film, Last Days in the Desert, with Director Scott Derrickson. The film tells the story of Jesus' struggle against the Devil over the fate of a family in crisis.
May 26, 2016
Episode 24: Mother's Day with Garry Marshall and Robert B. Weide
Director Garry Marshall discusses his new film, Mother's Day, with Director Robert B. Weide. The film features a star-studded ensemble in a set of intertwining stories about motherhood.
May 19, 2016
Episode 23: Money Monster with Jodie Foster and Michael Apted
Director Jodie Foster discusses her new film, Money Monster, with Director Michael Apted. The film follows the explosive situation that develops when an irate investor hijacks the live studio broadcast of a Wall Street Guru's television show after losing everything on a stock tip.
May 12, 2016
Episode 22: Visual History Interview with James Burrows conducted by Michael Lembeck
Director and Sitcom Legend James Burrows discusses his life and career in highlights pulled from his DGA Visual History interview. Topics include growing up as the son of Broadway writer/director Abe Burrows (Guys & Dolls), training on The Bob Newhart Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show (10:00), his role as the Director on pilot episodes including Will & Grace (19:00), the development and casting of Cheers (24:00), and how he works with actors through the week of making a new episode of a show (39:00).
May 05, 2016
Episode 21: Elvis & Nixon with Liza Johnson and Bette Gordon
Director Liza Johnson discusses her new film, Elvis & Nixon, with Director Bette Gordon. The film gives a fictionalized account of what might have happened in an unusual meeting between Elvis Presley and President Richard Nixon in the White House, forever immortalized in an iconic photograph in the National Archives.
Apr 28, 2016
Episode 20: The Jungle Book with Jon Favreau and Donald Petrie
Director Jon Favreau discusses his new film, The Jungle Book, with Director Donald Petrie. The film retells the classic Rudyard Kipling tale about a boy named Mowgli, who is raised by wolves in an Indian jungle.
Apr 21, 2016
Episode 19: I Saw The Light with Marc Abraham And Peyton Reed
Director Marc Abraham discusses his new film, I Saw the Light, with Director Peyton Reed. The film tells the story of legendary country-western singer and songwriter Hank Williams, played by Tom Hiddleston. Despite Williams' singular talent, fame and addiction have a tragic effect on his life and personal relationships.
Apr 14, 2016
Episode 18: The Invitation with Karyn Kusama and Gil Kenan
Director Karyn Kusama discusses her new film, The Invitation, with Director Gil Kenan. The film tells the story of an estranged couple who reunite at a dinner party following the death of their son. As the party continues, it becomes clear that something mysterious and terrifying may be going on.
Apr 07, 2016
Episode 17: Visual History With Miloš Forman conducted by Daniel Algrant
Director Miloš Forman discusses his life and early career in highlights pulled from his Visual History interview. Topics include his early life and attending film school in Prague (6:00), the Soviet government's banning of his satire The Fireman's Ball (12:00), the DGA's role in his avoiding deportation back to the Eastern block (18:00), the "hooks" in many of his films that inspired his directorial approach (23:00), the importance of casting in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (26:00), and creating the musical sequences in Amadeus (41:00).
Mar 31, 2016
Episode 16: Midnight Special with Jeff Nichols And Jonathan Levine
Director Jeff Nichols discusses his new film, Midnight Special, with Director Jonathan Levine. The film tells the story of a father and his young son who are forced to go on the run after the world learns that the boy possesses mysterious powers.
Mar 24, 2016
Episode 15: Mustang with Deniz Gamze Ergüven And John Krokidas
Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven discusses her new film, Mustang, with Director John Krokidas. The film follows five teenaged Turkish sisters whose lives are changed after an afternoon of innocent beach play with some male classmates is reported as illicit by a neighbor.
Mar 10, 2016
Episode 14: The Danish Girl with Tom Hooper and Michael Apted
Director Tom Hooper discusses his latest film, The Danish Girl, with Director Michael Apted. The film follows Lili Elbe and her journey as a transgender pioneer during the early 20th century.
Mar 03, 2016
Episode 13: DGA Meet the Nominees 2016 Feature Film Symposium Part 3 of 3
Jeremy Kagan moderates the 25th Annual DGA Meet the Nominees: Feature Film Symposium featuring Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Tom McCarthy, Adam McKay, George Miller, and Ridley Scott on their nominated films. Topics for part three include how the nominees staged particularly complicated scenes and discoveries they made during the editorial process.
Feb 25, 2016
Episode 12: DGA Meet the Nominees 2016 Feature Film Symposium Part 2 of 3
Jeremy Kagan moderates the 25th Annual DGA Meet the Nominees: Feature Film Symposium featuring Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Tom McCarthy, Adam McKay, George Miller, and Ridley Scott on their nominated films. Topics for part two include how the nominees solved unexpected problems and were willing to explore "happy accidents" that occurred during filming.
Feb 18, 2016
Episode 11: DGA Meet the Nominees Feature Film Symposium: Part 1 of 3
Jeremy Kagan moderates the 25th Annual DGA Meet the Nominees: Feature Film Symposium featuring Alejandro G. Iñárritu , Tom McCarthy, Adam McKay, George Miller, and Ridley Scott on their nominated films. Topics for part one include advice that the nominees took to heart in their careers and anecdotes about the casting process.
Feb 12, 2016
Episode 10: Concussion with Peter Landesman and Boaz Yakin
Director Peter Landesman speaks about his latest film, Concussion, with Director Boaz Yakin. The film follows forensic pathologist Dr. Bennett Omalu who discovers a football-related brain trauma called CTE and his efforts to fight for the truth to be known despite the influence of the NFL.
Feb 04, 2016
Episode 9: Carol with Todd Haynes and Kelly Reichardt
Director Todd Haynes discusses his latest film, Carol, about two women from different worlds who find themselves in the midst of a love affair, with Director Kelly Reichardt.
Jan 28, 2016
Episode 8: Spotlight with Tom McCarthy and Jonathan Levine
Director Tom McCarthy discusses his latest film, Spotlight, about the team of investigators from the Boston Globe who uncovered a decades-long cover up of child molestation within the Boston Catholic Archdiocese, with fellow director Jonathan Levine.
Jan 21, 2016
Episode 7: The Big Short With Adam McKay and Paul Thomas Anderson
Director Adam McKay discusses his newest film, The Big Short about the 2008 financial collapse, based on the book by Michael Lewis, with fellow director Paul Thomas Anderson.
Jan 15, 2016
Episode 6: The Revenant with Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Darren Aronofsky
Fresh off the huge success of last year's Birdman, Director Alejandro Iñárritu discusses making The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, a vivid tale of survival set on the American frontier in the 19th century, with another visionary director, Darren Aronofsky.
Jan 08, 2016
Episode 5: Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan
Director J.J. Abrams discusses the unique opportunity to re-boot the iconic Star Wars saga with co-writer and fellow director Lawrence Kasdan.
Dec 31, 2015
Episode 4: The Hateful Eight with Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan
Two of Hollywood's top directors and film preservation advocates, Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino, discuss Tarantino's latest film The Hateful Eight, including why he shot on Ultra Panavision 70mm film, and creating a film score with legendary film composer, Ennio Morricone.
Dec 18, 2015
Episode 3: By The Sea with Angelina Jolie Pitt and Marc Levin
Angelina Jolie Pitt talks about her most recent film By the Sea, with director Marc Levin, covering topics like the challenges of writing, directing, as well as acting in a lead role in the film.
Dec 18, 2015
Episode 2: Crimson Peak with Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Iñárritu
For our special bonus episode to celebrate the launch of The Director's Cut, longtime friends and fellow Mexican-born directors Guillermo del Toro and Aléjandro G. Iñárritu discuss, "Crimson Peak," Mr. del Toro's latest visual masterpiece and genre mash-up of horror and gothic romance.
Dec 11, 2015
Episode 1: Bridge Of Spies with Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese
In our premiere episode, master filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese engage in a lively discussion of Mr. Spielberg's newest film, "Bridge of Spies". They talk about their shared memories of the Red Scare in the 1950s and '60s, their philosophies on visually interpreting a story, and where to get the best tacos when shooting in Queens.
Dec 11, 2015