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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