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.
Veteran Western and action director Andrew McLaglen (Shenandoah, The Wild Geese, Gunsmoke) discusses directing both feature films and episodic television, and how close working relationships with John Wayne and James Stewart shaped his career.
Jerry London, acclaimed miniseries and movies for television director, discusses his prolific career, from working as an apprentice editor on I Love Lucy to directing Shōgun, The Scarlet and the Black, Chiefs, and Ellis Island.
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.
Acclaimed comedy director, writer and producer Jerry Zucker shares his experiences crafting iconic films like Airplane! and Ghost, and discusses collaborating with his brother David Zucker and friend Jim Abrahams, working with both comedic and dramatic actors, as well as his personal philosophies on humor.
Veteran television director Howard Storm (Mork & Mindy, Laverne & Shirley, Full House) discusses his long career directing episodic television and the actors who received their big breaks on his sets, namely Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.
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.
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.
Barry Levinson (Rain Man, The Natural, Diner) reflects on his first big break on the local Los Angeles comedy show, Lohman and Barkley, his early apprenticeship with Mel Brooks as a writer, and his working methods and philosophy, including the importance of improvisation on the set.
Jesús Treviño discusses his career as a director of documentaries, episodic series and movies for television and his work on the series Resurrection Blvd.. Treviño also shares his working philosophy, his responsibility as a director in representing his community, and his involvement with the DGA’s Latino Committee.
Television director and producer Lee Shallat Chemel (The Middle, Gilmore Girls, Murphy Brown) discusses her long career directing episodic comedy, how she got her start on Family Ties, and the importance of her Guild service.
Veteran Television director Rod Holcomb discusses his career beginnings on The Six Million Dollar Man, his vision for shooting the pilots of hit shows ER, The A-Team, and China Beach, and the importance of maintaining directors’ creative rights.
Assistant Director and Production Manager Abby Singer talks about his career in features and television, his involvement in the Guild, and his personal perspective on changes in the entertainment industry spanning 50 years.