The Director's Cut - A Podcast from the DGA

Brought to you by The Directors Guild of America, "The Director's Cut" will bring you
the behind-the-scenes stories of today's most talked about films. Each episode features
a new director interviewed by one of their peers, leading to revealing conversations
about the grueling, but rewarding process of bringing the most interesting stories to life.

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Episode 74: Aftermath with Elliott Lester and Gregory Plotkin


Director Elliott Lester discusses his new film, Aftermath, with fellow Director Gregory Plotkin. Inspired by actual events, the film tells a story of guilt and revenge when a devastating plane crash causes two men's lives to be inseparably bound together



Episode 73: Salt and Fire with Werner Herzog and Kevin Smith


Director Werner Herzog discusses his film, Salt and Fire, and prolific career with fellow director Kevin Smith. The film follows a scientific delegation who, after being tasked by the U.N. with investigating an ecological disaster in South America, is kidnapped by the CEO of the Corporation responsible for the problem.



Episode 72: The Promise with Terry George and Tony Gilroy


Director Terry George discusses his new film, The Promise, with fellow Director Tony Gilroy. The film tells the story of a love triangle between Mikael, a brilliant medical student, Ana, a dance instructor, and Chris, an American photojournalist during the waning days of the Ottoman Empire and during the Armenian genocide.



Episode 71: The Lost City of Z with James Gray and Matt Reeves


Director James Gray discusses his new film, The Lost City of Z, with fellow director Matt Reeves. The film tells the incredible true story of Col. Percival Fawcett, a British explorer who discovers evidence of an advanced civilization deep in the Amazonian jungle in the early 20th century. Though ridiculed by his peers, Fawcett and his followers return to the jungle in an attempt to prove his case.



Episode 70: The Discovery with Charlie McDowell and Zal Batmanglij


Director Charlie McDowell discusses his new film, The Discovery, with fellow director Zal Batmanglij. The film examines the near future where a doctor discovers scientific evidence of an afterlife, an announcement that causes people to commit suicide in droves. While people search for meaning in the life they inhabit, the doctor's son falls for a troubled woman.



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Watch the five nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film Direction for the 69th DGA Awards all one stage together! Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Garth Davis (Lion), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea), and Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) discuss making their nominated films.

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