• DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Legacy Franklin Schaffner
  • DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Hal Ashby
  • DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2019 Elma Garcia
  • DGA Quarterly Winter 2019 Robert Aldrich
  • DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 Denns Hopper
  • Niki Caro
  • DGA Quarterly Magazine Stevens
  • Euzhan Palcy
  • DGA Quarterly Angelina Jolie Feature
  • DGA Quarterly Fukunaga
  • DGA Quarterly Fall 2014 Gail Mancuso
  • Richard Linklater
  • Tim Story
Director Profile

Stories profiling feature film directors about

their life, work and approach to making movies.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2020 Legacy Franklin Schaffner
Summer 2020
Franklin Schaffner

As we approach the centenary of his birth and the 50th anniversary of his magnum opus Patton, the legacy of Franklin Schaffner looms larger than ever.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2019 Hal Ashby
Fall 2019

The under-sung director of such classics as Coming Home, Shampoo and Being There embraced his characters' flaws and foibles, and helped define one of American cinema's greatest eras.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Winter 2019 Elma Garcia
Winter 2019

The commercial work of Elma Garcia is notable for its visceral impact and striking imagery.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2019 Robert Aldrich
Winter 2019

The protean director and DGA past president, whose work spanned genres and bridges the old and new Hollywoods, is far from the sad-sack hack depicted in the limited series Feud.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2018 Denns Hopper
Fall 2018

As the 50th anniversary of Easy Rider nears, Hollywood's eternal bad boy is examined in a new light.

Niki Caro
Spring 2016

Niki Caro’s films—from Whale Rider to the upcoming Nazi-era drama The Zookeeper’s Wife have dealt with strong women testing their courage and strength. She should know.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Stevens
Winter 2016
Stevens Family

The story of the Stevens clan—from George to George Jr. to Michael—spans the 80-year history of the Directors Guild. It is not only a legacy of indelible films, but one of respect for service and responsibility.

Euzhan Palcy
Fall 2015

With A Dry White Season in 1989, Euzhan Palcy became the first black woman to direct a Hollywood studio film. She has been fighting the system ever since, and leading the way for a new generation of black female directors.

DGA Quarterly Angelina Jolie Feature
Summer 2015

Actor, activist, and international celebrity, Angelina Jolie Pitt was surprised how much she’s loved being behind the camera for three serious-minded films—and counting.

DGA Appreciation Robert Butler
Spring 2015
A Lifetime in Television

With his bold innovations in pilots for such landmark series as Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting, Star Trek, and Remington Steele, Bob Butler brought a new sense of realism to dramatic television.

DGA Appreciation James Burrows
Spring 2015
A Lifetime in Television

With 1,000 episodes of TV, including pilots for such iconic comedies as Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Friends, Will & Grace, Two and a Half Men, and The Big Bang Theory, Jimmy Burrows has helped directors define the genre.

DGA Quarterly Fukunaga
Winter 2015
Cary Fukunaga

In the towering TV series True Detective and in his features, Cary Fukunaga researches like crazy so that once he gets to the set he can really let fly.

DGA Quarterly Fall 2014 Gail Mancuso
Fall 2014
Gail Mancuso

When opportunity knocked, Gail Mancuso walked through the door, and she’s been directing hit comedies like Roseanne, Friends, and Dharma & Greg ever since. With her recent Emmy for Modern Family, she became the first female director to win twice for comedy direction.

Richard Linklater
Summer 2014
Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater has always been fascinated by showing how lives change over a long period. In Boyhood, his latest and most ambitious film, he cast a young boy and watched him grow up—for 12 years.

Tim Story
Spring 2014
Tim Story

After the early success of Barbershop and Fantastic Four, Tim Story has experienced the ups and down of a director’s life. Now with Ride Along and Think Like a Man Too, his career is on the rebound.

Lee Shallat Chemel
Spring 2014
Lee Shallat Chemel

In her 30-year career in television, Lee Shallat Chemel has proven adept at staging comedy and working with actors. But perhaps most importantly, she learned to have fun on the set.

Winter 2014
Michelle MacLaren

Michelle MacLaren went from doing almost any job on the set to directing some of the most brutal episodes of Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. For her, the rougher the better.

Winter 2014
Tom Hooper

Hooked on directing at an early age, Tom Hooper used his experience in soaps and the theater to create the intimate details of The King’s Speech and the grand gestures of Les Misérables.

Seith Mann
Winter 2014
Seith Mann

Seith Mann’s steady rise in television owes much to his natural talent and his ability to stay calm in the face of obstacles.

Darren Aronofsky
Fall 2013

Whether it’s a pill-popping math genius, a washed-up wrestler, or a haunted ballet dancer, Darren Aronofsky finds a way to get inside his characters’ heads. His latest challenge in Noah is making the biblical disaster story come to life.

Fall 2013
Mimi Leder

In her diverse and accomplished career, Mimi Leder has brought a sharp eye and fluid camera to big-budget features and emotionally charged TV series. For her, it’s all about what the characters need.

Dennie Gordon
Fall 2013
Dennie Gordon

As the first American woman to direct a Chinese production in China, Dennie Gordon had to cross the cultural barrier. Now she’s a director in demand 6,000 miles from home.

Fall 2013
Jamie Babbit

Breaking in with the indie feature But I'm a Cheerleader, prolific TV and film director Jamie Babbit got off to a quick start—and hasn’t slowed down since.

Alfonso Cuaron
Summer 2013
Alfonso Cuarón

Alfonso Cuarón learned to direct in his native Mexico, traveled to Hogwarts for Harry Potter, and a dystopian future for Children of Men. For his latest excursion, Gravity, he goes spacewalking.

Summer 2013
Anthony Hemingway

Director Anthony Hemingway started his career as one of the youngest ADs in Guild history, eventually helming numerous episodic shows and serving as director-producer on Treme. But it’s his attention to the human element that has defined his style.

Summer 2013
Noam Murro

At least not for Noam Murro, who has won two DGA Awards for groundbreaking commercials and conquered tricky special effects in his upcoming feature, 300: Rise of an Empire. But the one thing he hopes all his work has in common is heart.

Spring 2013
Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor went to film school, but he picked up his practical knowledge on acclaimed TV series like The Sopranos and Game of Thrones. Now he’s learning about green screen on Thor: The Dark World.

Spring 2013
Sofia Coppola

As much as any contemporary director, Sofia Coppola has captured the feeling of young people adrift in a seductive world. With The Bling Ring, she continues her intimate exploration of lives in transition.

Spring 2013
Kim Fields

Director Kim Fields started out as a child actor on the ’80s sitcom The Facts of Life. Eventually that experience led her to a successful career behind the camera.

Winter 2013
Patty Jenkins

Patty Jenkins had always had a taste for crime and comedy. Going from Monster to Arrested Development was no big deal.

Fall 2012
Jorn Winther

Jorn Winther directed the original Frost/Nixon interviews and captured the fallen president’s confession for the record. Even he was surprised by what happened.

Fall 2012
Jessica Yu

Jessica Yu didn’t go to film school and started out making eclectic documentaries. Though she has moved into TV and features, she still tries to keep it personal.

DGA Quarterly Summer 2012 Director Agnieska Holland
Summer 2012
Agnieszka Holland

Warsaw-born Agnieszka Holland has been directing politically and culturally charged features for more than 40 years-and more recently, American TV.

Summer 2012
Sam Peckinpah

With the orneriness of a cowboy, Sam Peckinpah chronicled the dying days of the Old West in films like The Wild Bunch and Ride the High Country. His take on values and violence is still influencing directors today.

Director Patricia Riggen
Summer 2012
Patricia Riggen

Patricia Riggen may be the only Mexican-born woman directing feature films in Hollywood.

Zhang Yimou
Spring 2012
Zhang Yimou

Once forbidden to travel outside his homeland, acclaimed director Zhang Yimou was recently in the U.S. to talk about his latest international epic. Does that mean a thawing in cinematic relations with China? Maybe. Maybe not.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2012 Fritz Lang
Spring 2012
Fritz Lang

In a career that spanned the history of cinema from silent to sound, dodged the Nazis, and navigated the studios, Fritz Lang proved himself a master craftsman—and artist—for the ages.

DGA Quarterly Summer 2011 Robert Wise
Summer 2011
An Appreciation

As chairman of the DGA’s Special Projects Committee for 24 years, Robert Wise guided the invaluable program and enriched the lives and careers of Guild members.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2010-11 Pionereing Women
Winter 2011
Pioneering Women

Any look at the history of directing should include Alice Guy-Blaché, Dorothy Arzner, and Ida Lupino. Not because they were women, but because of their contribution to the craft.

Winter 2012
Ingmar Bergman

In a 1960 magazine article, Ingmar Bergman wrote how a film begins for him—with a chance remark, a few bars of music, a shaft of light across the street. His respect for the magic of movies remains an inspiration for directors today.

Fall 2010
The Farrelly Brothers

With outrageous sight gags and biological misfires, the Farrelly Brothers pushed the bounds of modern comedy. But in films like There's Something About Mary and Fever Pitch they're also romantics.

Fall 2010
Anne Fletcher

With hits like 27 Dresses and The Proposal, Anne Fletcher has gone from a choreographer in demand to a director who knows the score. But for her, it’s the story that still counts.

Spring 2010
Robert Aldrich

Robert Aldrich left a family fortune for a rough and tumble career in Hollywood. He became an industry leader, president of the Guild, and made some very good movies--and one masterpiece.

Spring 2010
David Yates

Harry Potter may have the magic, but for the last six years David Yates has been calling the shots at Hogwarts. While simultaneously filming the last two adventures, the director pauses to look at the Potter process.

DGA Quarterly Jon Favreau
Winter 2010
Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau made his screen debut as a hipster in Swingers, but as a director has lost none of his joy for storytelling.

DGAQ Director Profile - Alexander Mackendrick
Winter 2010
Alexander Mackendrick

Alexander Mackendrick came to America and directed Sweet Smell of Success, one of Hollywood's darkest films. But when his curious career stalled, he became a respected film professor for two decades.

Fall 2009

With films like Z and Missing, Costa-Gavras almost single-handedly invented the modern political thriller and influenced a generation of directors.

Summer 2009
Tyler Perry

By not listening to traditional industry wisdom about how things should be done, Tyler Perry has invented his own brand of comedy-as well as his own brand.

Summer 2009
Blake Edwards

Inspired by the silent clowns, Blake Edwards created The Pink Panther franchise and some of the craftiest comedies to come out of Hollywood. But sight gags, mistaken identities and flying pies were not his only tricks.

Spring 2009
Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron continues her quest for the well-crafted comedy with Julie & Julia about super chef Julia Child. But, as she says, it's not as easy as it looks.

Winter 2009
Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow has always been a director with a lot of energy. In her new war film, The Hurt Locker, she takes her high-wire intensity to new heights.

DGA Quarterly Fall 2008 Verbinski
Fall 2008
Gore Verbinski

It took a swashbuckling director like Gore Verbinski to go off to the four corners of the world to film the two sequels to Pirates of the Caribbean back to back.

DGA Quarterly Summer 2008 Richard Schickel
Summer 2008
Richard Schickel

Richard Schickel is best known as a film critic, but he has been making documentaries about movies for almost as long as he's written about them. His latest-and most ambitious-is a five-part history of Warner Bros. studio.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2008 Gus Van Sant
Summer 2008
Gus Van Sant

Few directors have had a more varied and unpredictable career than Gus Van Sant. His latest passion project is the story of slain and openly gay San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2008 Sheridan
Spring 2008
Jim Sheridan

Jim Sheridan, director of In America and My Left Foot, goes by intuition in searching for the emotional truth of a film. If he doesn't feel it, it's not real.

DGA Quarterly Winter 2007-08 Profile Sam Mendes
Winter 2007/2008
Sam Mendes

After a soaring career on the British stage, Sam Mendes made his film debut with American Beauty. But he's still more excited about great acting than he is about a spectacular shot.

Fall 2007
Bergman & Antonioni

Two masters of the screen, Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni, died on the same day last summer. Their introspection opened the way to a cinema of questioning and ambiguity.

DGA Quarterly Summer 2007
Summer 2007
Paul Greengrass

United 93 director Paul Greengrass has applied the techniques he learned in the trenches of British documentary to both real-life dramas and Hollywood pictures.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2007 Back to School Kenny Ortega
Spring 2007
Kenny Ortega

When he directed High School Musical, Kenny Ortega had no idea it was going to turn into a preteen phenomenon. Working on the sequel, he tried to capture the same energy.

DGA Quarterly Spring 2007 Guillermo del Toro
Spring 2007
Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro loves to assemble the pieces of a film to see how they fit. For Pan's Labyrinth, he created a child's magical world side-by-side with the horrors of war.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 Almodovar
Fall 2006
Pedro Almodóvar

With his latest film, Volver, Pedro Almodóvar-the most acclaimed Spanish director since Luis Buñuel-returns to his hometown to explore his cinematic roots.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2006 Womens Roundtable
Fall 2006
DGA Roundtable

Women directors have been shamefully under-employed in the industry for years. We brought together a group of prominent female directors to discuss ways to address the issue.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2006 Gordon Parks
Summer 2006
Gordon Parks

The first black director to make a studio film helped create a genre with Shaft. But his biggest contribution was opening the door for a new generation of black filmmakers.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Summer 2006 Babel
Summer 2006
Alejandro González Iñárritu

Alejandro González Iñárritu invites the Quarterly into the editing room as he puts together Babel, his latest multi-story film.

DGA Quarterly Magazine Fall 2005 Kazan
Fall 2005
Elia Kazan

Director Elia Kazan had the script of his life but couldn't find the money to make it. And, Brando wasn't interested. In this excerpt from Kazan: A Biography, the director puts the pieces together to create an American classic.

DGA Magazine January 2003
Charles Champlin on an icon of independent film

John Cassavetes was a fiercely independent spirit, conveying passion, defiance and anger with a violent energy concealed just beneath the surface — if it was concealed at all.