John Madden shares his varied experiences directing radio, British theatre, BBC television drama, and feature films like the 1998 international hit Shakespeare in Love.
Director John Landis recounts his journey through the film business, starting as an 18-year-old mail boy at 20th Century Fox to directing blockbuster comedies like National Lampoon’s Animal House, The Blues Brothers, and Coming To America.
Veteran Assistant Director, Unit Production Manager and Producer Richard “Dick” McWhorter discusses his long entertainment career working with legendary directors like King Vidor, Frank Capra, and Cecil B. DeMille, and provides a first hand account of some of the earliest meetings of the newly formed Screen Directors Guild.
Director Larry Auerbach shares tales from the pioneering days of early television through a more than 50-year career directing New York based daytime serials such as Love of Life, One Life to Live and All My Children.
Norman Jewison shares stories from his more than forty-year career beginning as a live television director before transitioning to direct genre-bending feature films that entertained and challenged audiences, such as The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming, In the Heat of the Night, Fiddler on the Roof, and Moonstruck.
Veteran sitcom and pilot director and producer James Burrows (Cheers, Frasier, Taxi) discusses his vast, critically acclaimed and award-winning career directing some of the most iconic series from the 1970s to the present day.
Robert Butler discusses his career as a director on television shows such as Batman (1966) and Hill Street Blues (1981). Butler discusses his participation in the Guild and offers his insights and philosophy on the craft of directing.
Director and writer Joan Micklin Silver (Hester Street, Finnegan Begin Again, Crossing Delancey) shares insights and stories from her career directing independent features and movies for television.
Director Robert Altman describes his working philosophy, often comparing filmmaking to painting, and discusses the sources of his storytelling and directing techniques he used on films like M*A*S*H, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, and The Player.
Bill Duke discusses his directorial career and working with Ossie Davis, Laurence Fishburne and Forest Whitaker in films such as Deep Cover, A Rage in Harlem, Hoodlum, and Deacons for Defense. He also discusses changes in the film industry and the DGA’s role in fostering diversity in Hollywood.
Actor/Director Lee Grant (Nobody’s Child, Down and Out in America) discusses her long career in entertainment and transitioning from being an award-winning actress to an award-winning director of documentaries, movies for television and feature films.
Mike Figgis discusses his 30-plus year career as director of such films as Stormy Monday, Leaving Las Vegas, and Timecode. Figgis reveals his passion for drama, innovation, and his unending desire to experiment within the realm of narrative filmmaking.
Paul Mazursky reflects on his career as a director, writer, and actor, including directing films like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) and Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), and his involvement in the DGA, especially in the area of creative rights.