Visual History Program

Founded in 2000, the DGA’s Visual History Program has conducted more than 180 interviews with directors and director’s team members discussing their careers and creative processes in film, television and other media.

Mike Newell

Interviewed by: Michael Apted

Feature film and television director Mike Newell discusses his 50-plus year directorial career, highlighting his work on Coronation Street, The Man in the Iron Mask, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Love in the Time of Cholera, among other notable projects.

Stan Lathan

Interviewed by: Oz Scott

Director Stan Lathan discusses his 40-plus year career directing episodic and variety television (Sanford and Son, The Steve Harvey Show, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Def Comedy Jam); starting out at WGBH-TV; and his collaboration with iconic comedians Redd Foxx and Moms Mabley.

John Boorman

Interviewed by: Jim Sheridan

John Boorman discusses his half-century career directing feature films (Point Blank, Deliverance, Excalibur, Hope and Glory); his collaborations with acclaimed actors Lee Marvin, Toshirô Mifune, Marcello Mastroianni, and Sean Connery; and how his WWII childhood experience influenced his career.

Arthur Hiller

Interviewed by: Ron Underwood

Arthur Hiller discusses his long career directing films such as Love Story (1970) and The Hospital (1971), and television hits including Naked City and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, as well as his many years as a leader of the Directors Guild of America.

Garry Marshall

Interviewed by: Scott Marshall

Garry Marshall discusses his career as a writer, producer and director on shows like Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley, and on feature films like Beaches (1988), Pretty Woman (1990), and The Princess Diaries (2001). Marshall also discusses his service with the DGA, working to protect the director’s creative vision.

Steve Glanzrock

Interviewed by: Kathleen McGill

Steve Glanzrock discusses working for more than 30 years as an assistant director on features, television programs, commercials, and movies for television, as well as his extensive involvement in the Eastern AD/UPM Council and National Board.

Anita Cooper-Avrick

Interviewed by: Julie Gelfand

Anita Cooper-Avrick discusses her 36-year career stage managing television programs ranging from and The People’s Court to Mr. Belvedere and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; her AD/SM/PA Council West participation; and her extensive Guild involvement.

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.

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.

Victoria Hochberg

Interviewed by: Linda Feferman

Victoria Hochberg discusses her career directing episodic television (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Sex and the City), movies for television (Jacob Have I Loved, Sweet 15), and her involvement in the founding of the DGA’s Women’s Steering Committee.

Henry Chan

Interviewed by: Sandy Tung

Henry Chan (A Different World, Moesha, Fresh Off the Boat, 100 Days) discusses his 30-plus year career directing episodic television and feature films, his beginnings as an editor, and his involvement in the Asian American Committee.

Michael Schultz

Interviewed by: Donna Brown Guillaume

Michael Schultz recalls his career through four decades of directing, beginning in the theater, successes with Cooley High and Car Wash, and his prolific work in episodic television.

Michael Apted

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

Veteran feature and documentary film director and past-president of the DGA Michael Apted discusses his 45-plus year directorial career, highlighting his work on the Seven Up! documentary series, Coal Miner’s Daughter and Nell, among other notable projects. (Part 1 of 2)

Gary Shimokawa

Interviewed by: Michael Zinberg

Gary Shimokawa shares with interviewer Michael Zinberg his experiences over thirty years of working in television on shows such as All in the Family, Laverne and Shirley, and The Golden Girls.

Lee Shallat-Chemel

Interviewed by: Will Mackenzie

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.

Melvin Van Peebles

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.

Howard Storm

Interviewed by: Jim Drake

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.

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.

Alan Myerson

Interviewed by: Howard Storm

Alan Myerson (Steelyard Blues, Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach, The Larry Sanders Show) recounts his 30-plus year career directing feature films and episodic television, his involvement with Second City, and the formation of the world-renowned improvisational troupe, The Committee.

Sidney Lumet

Interviewed by: Marc Levin

Sidney Lumet discusses his directing style developed over 50 years of filmmaking including such noteworthy films as 12 Angry Men (1957), Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962), Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and Network (1976).

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.

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