Visual History Program

Founded in 2000, the DGA’s Visual History Program has conducted more than 160 interviews with directors and director’s team members discussing their careers and creative processes in film, television and other media.

Roger Goodman

Interviewed by: Brett Holey

Roger Goodman is a director and producer of television news, sports, and live events who was instrumental in ABC’s rise through the 1970’s and ‘80s with credits ranging from ABC’s World News Tonight, to presidential elections, breaking news, the Olympic Games and The Academy Awards.

Arthur Forrest

Interviewed by: Paul Forrest

Variety, talk, and live events Director Arthur Forrest discusses his long career beginning in early live television at the DuMont network and up through directing The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, The Dick Cavett Show, and The Tournament of Roses Parade.

Elliot Silverstein

Interviewed by: Robert Markowitz

Veteran director Elliot Silverstein (Cat Ballou, A Man Called Horse) discusses his long career in both television and film, working on set during several decades of Hollywood, and his passionate fight for the creative rights of directors.

Jud Taylor

Interviewed by: Rod Holcomb

Jud Taylor, President of the DGA from 1981 to 1983, discusses his near-forty-year career directing for television. He shares his thoughts about directing episodic series and his work on the movies for television Foxfire, The Old Man and the Sea, and Guinevere, as well as the importance of young directors becoming active in their Guild.

Milos Forman

Interviewed by: Daniel Algrant

Milos Forman recounts his infatuation with film as a child during World War II and the difficulties of working under the post-war Czech communist regime. He describes the creative freedom and challenges he found in the USA. He also describes his working philosophy and appreciation for creative rights.

Jeff Bleckner

Interviewed by: John Kent Harrison

Television Director Jeff Bleckner discusses his career in Movies for Television and Episodic TV, from mentors Joseph Papp and Francis Ford Coppola to directing award-winning movies like Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995) and The Beach Boys: An American Family (2000).

Vincent Sherman

Interviewed by: Eric Sherman

Esteemed director Vincent Sherman (Mr. Skeffington; Adventures of Don Juan; The Young Philadelphians) discusses the Hollywood studio system as a Warner Bros. contract employee, the importance of a screenplay, and his philosophy on working with actors.

Ulu Grosbard

Interviewed by: Tom DiCillo

Ulu Grosbard, a director of both stage and screen, discusses his work on The Subject Was Roses (1968) and True Confessions (1981). He talks in detail about the art of casting the right actors for specific roles, collaborating with composers, and trying to communicate his vision accurately for the screen.

Yudi Bennett

Interviewed by: Liz Ryan

Assistant Director Yudi Bennett shares stories from her extensive career from the early beginnings of the DGA’s Assistant Director Training Program in New York, to the sets of award-winning feature films and television movies.

James Burrows

Interviewed by: Michael Lembeck

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.

Randa Haines

Interviewed by: Joan Tewkesbury

Director Randa Haines (Children of a Lesser God, The Ron Clark Story) discusses her career in feature films and movies for television, sharing, among other highlights, how she selected Marlee Matlin from a background role and directed her to an Oscar-winning performance.

Luis Valdez

Interviewed by: Jesús Treviño

Luis Valdez (La Bamba, Zoot Suit) details his extensive career directing groundbreaking theater, film and television about the Chicano experience.

Doug Quick

Interviewed by: Dency Nelson

Veteran stage manager Doug Quick (The Price is Right; Archie Bunker’s Place; The Young and the Restless) discusses his creative contributions to episodic programming, daytime serials and variety shows, and the extensive rehearsal and planning that goes into the production of game shows.

Peter Bogdanovich

Interviewed by: Raymond De Felitta

Multihyphenate filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon) shares stories from his long career as a director, writer, producer and actor during the “New Hollywood” era.

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DGA Visual History Herb Adelman
by  Tom  Joyner
May 23, 2006
DGA Visual History Robert Altman
by  Lee  Grant
May 18, 2004
Ken Annakin Interview
by  Randal  Kleiser
April 30, 2008
Larry Auerbach Interview
by  Joshua  White
May 14, 2001
Avildsen Interview
by  Jeremy  Kagan
August 22, 2007
Larry Albucher Interview
by  Kevin  Koster
December 18, 2012
John Badham Interview
by  Jeremy  Kagan
March 23, 2005
Balash Interview
by  Joshua  White
October 24, 2001
Richard Bare Interview
by  Gene  Reynolds
March 26, 2010
Beaudine Interview
by  Skip & Craig  Beaudine
September 19, 2005
Harold Becker Interview
by  Robert  Markowitz
May 05, 2010
Bellini DeSomone Interview
by  Barbara  Roche
April 14, 2009
Richard Benjamin Interview
by  Jeremy  Kagan
February 17, 2011
Yudi Bennett Interview
by  Liz  Ryan
February 20, 2013
Benton Interview
by  Michael  Pressman
May 19, 2005
Bill Interview
by  Randal  Kleiser
September 14, 2007
Binder Interview
by  Taylor  Hackford
January 31, 2006
Jeff Bleckner
by  John Kent  Harrison
November 07, 2007
Bloom Interview
by  Joshua  White
November 15, 2001
Bert Bluestein Interview
by  Kevin  Koster
December 11, 2012
Bogart Interview
by  Peter  Bogart
April 23, 2005
Peter Bogdanovich Interview
by  Raymond  De Felitta
November 10, 2005
Brockway Interview
by  Jim  Drake
April 24, 2009
Browning Interview
by  Joshua  White
June 12, 2001
James Burrows Interview
by  Michael  Lembeck
March 11, 2008
Butler Interview
by  Gene  Reynolds
August 22, 2002
James D. Brubaker
by  Kevin  Koster
December 19, 2012
Capra Jr Interview
by  Joe  D’Alessandro
May 25, 2005
Larry Carpenter Interview
by  Casey  Childs
January 06, 2012
DGA Visual History Gilbert Cates Sr
by  Gil  Cates, Jr.
May 21, 2002
Cavalier Interview
by  Cleve  Landsberg
March 01, 2013
Tony Charmoli Interview
by  Kenny  Ortega
September 14, 2010
Chomsky Interview
by  Robert  Markowitz
August 17, 2006
Visual History Hal Cooper
by  Michael  Zinberg
July 21, 2003
Dassin Interview
by  Bruce  Goldstein
October 15, 2001
Davis Interview
by  Jeremy  Kagan
March 27, 2009
DeToth Interview
by  Jeremy  Kagan
June 28, 2000
Donen
by  Raymond  De Felitta
May 23, 2006
Donovan Interview
by  Joshua  White
July 10, 2001
Jim Drake Interview
by  Howard  Storm
October 27, 2009
Bill Duke
by  Carl  Weathers
July 30, 2002
John Erman Interview
by  Bob  Balaban
March 01, 2007