Visual History Program

Founded in 2000, the DGA’s Visual History Program has conducted more than 170 interviews with directors and director’s team members discussing their careers and creative processes in film, television and other media.

Neil Tardio

Interviewed by: Bob Giraldi

Commercial director Neil Tardio discusses his career in advertising, working for McCann Erickson and Young & Rubicam in the 1950s and 1960s, directing iconic commercials for Xerox, Right Guard and the U.S. Army, and his involvement in political campaigns.

John LiBretto

Interviewed by: Dennis Mazzocco

Veteran television director John LiBretto shares his 45-plus year career in news and sports, including notable assignments such as directing the first “Town Hall Meeting” debate for the 1992 presidential elections and highlights from directing Summer Olympics.

Joan Micklin Silver

Interviewed by: Michael Pressman

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.

Melvin VanPeebles

Interviewed by: Mario Van Peebles

Melvin Van Peebles discusses his career with his son, director and actor Mario Van Peebles, including starting to direct in France, his award-winning film The Story of a Three Day Pass, and kicking off the blaxpoitation genre with his independently financed and produced Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.

Norman Jewison

Interviewed by: Robert Markowitz

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.

Joe Pytka

Interviewed by: Laura Belsey

Iconic commercial director Joe Pytka discusses his long and varied career, directing advertising spots, music videos, documentaries and feature films for over 40 years.

Francesca Bellini-DeSimone

Interviewed by: Barbara Roche

Francesca Bellini-De Simone recounts her first big break as a dancer on Carousel before moving into stage managing. Bellini-De Simone discusses working with producers Larry Cirillo and Norman Lear, and her experiences in live sports and on the daytime dramas Days of Our Lives and The Bold and the Beautiful.

Jesús Treviño

Interviewed by: Ricardo Méndez Matta

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.

Bob Giraldi

Interviewed by: Peter Repplier

Bob Giraldi discusses his career as a commercial, feature, music video, and dramatic short film director, directing commercials and music videos with such performers as Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. He also describes his working methods and philosophy, as well as his views on new technologies and on the importance of mentoring.

John Landis

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

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.

Steve James

Interviewed by: Lynne Littman

Director Steve James recounts career highlights including the groundbreaking documentary Hoop Dreams and the six-year-long process to make the film, which led to directing narrative films like Prefontaine and critically-acclaimed documentaries like The Interrupters and Life Itself.

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DGA Visual History Herb Adelman
by  Tom  Joyner
May 23, 2006
Larry Albucher Interview
by  Kevin  Koster
December 18, 2012
Robert Altman interview
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
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
Bertrand Blier interview
by  Jon  Amiel
April 15, 2011
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 D. Brubaker
by  Kevin  Koster
December 19, 2012
James Burrows Interview
by  Michael  Lembeck
March 11, 2008
Butler Interview
by  Gene  Reynolds
August 22, 2002
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
Vince DeDario
by  Dennis  Mazzocco
July 14, 2014
DeToth Interview
by  Jeremy  Kagan
June 28, 2000
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