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.

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)

Guy Hamilton (1922-2016)

Interviewed by: Michael Apted

Versatile director Guy Hamilton (Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever) provides insight into his broad filmography which ranges from bleak war dramas to blithe romantic comedies, including four of the most iconic James Bond films.

Penelope Spheeris

Interviewed by: Mary Lambert

Penelope Spheeris discusses her career as a filmmaker, directing documentaries like The Decline of Western Civilization and studio films such as Wayne's World. Spheeris talks about growing up in her father’s traveling carnival, as well as major influences in her life, including Janis Joplin and punk rock music.

Fred Levinson

Interviewed by: Dan Levinson

Fred Levinson directed some of the most iconic advertising spots during the “golden age of advertising” for the largest agencies and corporations of the time. Levinson looks back at the commercials that shaped his career, as well as his brief foray into feature film directing.

Irvin Kershner

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

Veteran director Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back, Never Say Never Again) discusses his long career in film and TV, directing for some of the most well-known and beloved franchises of all time.

Milos Forman

Interviewed by: Daniel Algrant

Miloš Forman discusses his career from the difficulties making films like Loves of a Blonde and The Fireman's Ball under the Soviet
regime in his native Czechoslovakia, to directing award winning films like like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeaus with the creative freedom he found in the United States.

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.

Arthur Penn

Interviewed by: David Jones

Arthur Penn discusses his career from the early days of live television to his successes in feature films including The Miracle Worker (1962), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), and Little Big Man (1970).

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.

Norman Lloyd

Interviewed by: Tim Matheson

Veteran director and actor Norman Lloyd discusses his 60-plus year directorial career, highlighting his work on both Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Lloyd also touches upon his 80-plus year acting career, working with such notable directors as Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Charles Chaplin, Jean Renoir, Martin Scorsese, Peter Weir, and most recently Judd Apatow.

Robert Altman

Interviewed by: Lee Grant

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.

Alan Myerson

Interviewed by: Howard Storm

Alan Myerson (Steelyard Blues, 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.

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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
Visual History 158 Michael Apted
by  Jeremy  Kagan
February 06, 2013
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
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