DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Independent Voice Jim Jarmus

Street Smart

Jim Jarmusch

Few directors in the last 25 years have the street credibility or indie credentials of Jim Jarmusch.

Independent Voice

Profiles of independent directors sharing their visions and methods of making movies.

DGA Quarterly Indie Voice Dee Rees
Fall 2014
Dee Rees

After the success of her first film, Pariah, Dee Rees’ career is on track with a biopic about the legendary Bessie Smith—warts and all.

Independent Voice Steve James Hoop Dreams
Summer 2014
Steve James

Steve James has captured revealing personal moments in documentaries like Hoop Dreams and The Interrupters. With a new film about Roger Ebert’s last days, he continues his exploration of lives in transition.

James Gray
Spring 2014
James Gray

With carefully crafted, character-driven films like Two Lovers and the upcoming The Immigrant, Director James Gray has evoked a classical Hollywood style. And, no surprise, he prefers film to digital.

Winter 2014
Amy Berg

As the director of the documentary West of Memphis and now her first feature, Every Secret Thing, Amy Berg has learned to observe and let the story unfold.

Fall 2013
Lena Dunham

As the star of her HBO series Girls, Lena Dunham has become a lightning rod for all sorts of cultural issues. But behind the camera she’s a director learning her craft.

Summer 2013
Steve McQueen

After training as an artist, Steve McQueen has turned his camera on the struggles of life with the darkly beautiful Hunger and Shame. He continues the descent with his first American film, 12 Years a Slave.

Spring 2013
Les Blank

Documentary director Les Blank has followed his eyes, ears and stomach to capture the sights and sounds of American regional culture for over 50 years. His body of work is a unique and joyous record of how people live.

Winter 2013
Lynn Shelton

Working quickly with a micro-budget and a sympathetic cast and crew, Lynn Shelton has churned out four films in four years, including her latest, Touchy Feely.

Fall 2012
Armando Iannucci

With the satirical feature In the Loop and HBO series Veep, British director Armando Iannucci proves you don’t have to be American to understand inept politicians and unctuous underlings.

DGA Quarterly Summer 2012 Independent Voice Nicolas Winding Refn
Summer 2012
Nicolas Winding Refn

With violent films such as Bronson and Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn says he’s making movies that arouse him.

DGA Quarterly Fall 2011
Fall 2011
Rodrigo Garcia

Although Rodrigo Garcia has specialized in small-scale, intimate portraits of modern women, his latest film, Albert Nobbs, is a period piece set in Dublin. But for him, it's still about the story.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2012 Indepedent VOice Susanne Bier
Winter 2012
Susanne Bier

Danish director Susanne Bier won an Oscar for In a Better World, but her international style may be seen as too commercial in Europe and too artsy for Hollywood. The reality is somewhere in between.

DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 Independent Voice Lee Daniels
Summer 2011
Independent Voice

After winning acclaim for his unlikely hit Precious, Lee Daniels is trying to figure out where he fits in a business that usually doesn’t value stories about 400-pound black girls.

Tom McCarthy
Spring 2012
Tom McCarthy

Trained as an actor, Tom McCarthy hadn’t planned on becoming a director. But then inspiration struck and after three successful features, including Win Win, he’s hooked.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2011 Todd Haynes
Spring 2011
Todd Haynes

In his idiosyncratic career, Todd Haynes has followed his muse rather than the money.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 Errol Morris
Winter 2011
Errol Morris

The form and tools of documentary filmmaking have changed over the years, but what motivates Errol Morris is the pursuit of truth.

Fall 2010
Lynne Ramsay

After eight years, British director Lynne Ramsay returns with a new film and another disturbing story.

Summer 2010
Sanaa Hamri

Sanaa Hamri was the only girl in her high school in Morocco. But becoming a director seemed perfectly natural to her.

Spring 2010
Lisa Cholodenko

After success with High Art and Laurel Canyon, Lisa Cholodenko deliberated on what to do next. With The Kids Are All Right, she set out to do a personal film that can still be commercial.

Winter 2010
Alex Gibney

How has Alex Gibney managed to turn hard-hitting subjects like Enron and the war on terror into award-winning documentaries?

Fall 2009
Miguel Arteta

Making quirky comedies with Sad-Sack heroes like Chuck & Buck and Youth in Revolt, Miguel Arteta has learned to trust in his own goofy instincts.

Summer 2009
Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith, who pioneered gleefully vulgar comedies with films like Clerks and Chasing Amy, reflects on how he learned his craft.

Spring 2009
Rebecca Miller

Rebecca Miller has specialized in personal films about people in transition. Her latest picture, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, gracefully takes a young woman into her past.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2008 Independent Voice Mottola
Winter 2009
Greg Mottola

Greg Mottola always wanted to make serious movies. He still does, but with Superbad and the upcoming Adventureland, he's doing it with comedies.

DGA Quarterly Fall 2008 Independent Voice
Fall 2008
Gina Prince-Bythewood

After scoring a hit with Love & Basketball, it's taken Gina Prince-Bythewood eight years to make her second feature, The Secret Life of Bees. She explains what happened.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2008 Indie Voice Kasuma
Summer 2008
Karyn Kusama

Karyn Kusama got off to a great start with Girlfight but descended into studio hell with Aeon Flux. As she rebounds with a new film, she reflects on lessons learned.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2008 Kimberley Peirce
Spring 2008
Kimberly Peirce

It took Kimberly Peirce nine years to make her second film after Boys Don't Cry. For Stop-Loss she tapped into soldiers' homemade videos for her inspiration.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2007-08 Independent Voice Hardwicke
Winter 2007/2008
Catherine Hardwicke

From her youth in Texas, her training as an architect, and her experience as a production designer, Catherine Hardwicke has really learned the value of persistence.

DGA Quarterly Fall 2007 Independent Voice Baumbach
Fall 2007
Noah Baumbach

After The Squid and the Whale, Noah Baumbach takes an even darker turn with Margot at the Wedding.

DGA Quarterly Summer 2007 Kasi
Summer 2007
Kasi Lemmons

Kasi Lemmons had to use all her cinematic tricks to shoot Talk to Me, a period biopic of a trash-talking, Washington, D.C. deejay.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2007 Independent Voice
Spring 2007
Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman

After American Splendor, Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman take a different kind of risk with The Nanny Diaries.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2006 Independent Voice Jim Jarmus
Winter 2006
Jim Jarmusch

Few directors in the last 25 years have the street credibility or indie credentials of Jim Jarmusch.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 Directors Voice Taymor
Fall 2006
Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor uses her characteristic visual flair to fashion a '60s musical based on songs by The Beatles.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2006 Independent Voice Mira Nair
Summer 2006
Mira Nair

Indian-born Mira Nair has made a career out of directing colorful films about dislocated lives.

Michael Gondry
Spring 2006
Michel Gondry

Michel Gondry makes his cinematic dream life come true.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2005 Directors Voice Holofcener
Fall 2005
Nicole Holofcener

Since her debut feature, Walking and Talking, Nicole Holofcener has been balancing between funny and sad. With Friends with Money she continues the journey.

DGA Magazine January 2004

A diverse group of Guild members shared their thoughts on: "What do you know now about making an independent film that you wish you knew then?"

DGA Magazine January 2004

The simplest definition of an independent movie is one made outside the studio system. Yet, Michael Apted has just been on one such film where he felt less independent than on any studio project he's ever done.