The Director's Cut - A Podcast from the DGA

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 new director interviewed by one of their peers, leading to revealing conversations
about the grueling, but rewarding process of bringing the most interesting stories to life.

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Episode 60: Patriots Day with Peter Berg and Edward 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.



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.



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.



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.



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 Shūsaku Endō, the film follows two Jesuit missionaries who travel to Japan, where Christianity is outlawed, in search of their missing mentor.



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