Visual History Program

Founded in 2000, the DGA’s Visual History Program has conducted more than 200 interviews with directors and director’s team members discussing their careers and creative processes in film, television and other media.

Don Scardino

Interviewed by: Matthew Penn

Director Don Scardino recounts his 30-plus year directorial career, highlighting his work in daytime drama, television movies, feature film and episodic television including 30 Rock, The West Wing and Law & Order.

Richard Donner

Interviewed by: Brian Helgeland

Director Richard Donner discusses his 40-plus year directorial career in feature film and episodic television, highlighting his work on The Twilight Zone (“Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”), The Omen, Superman and the Lethal Weapon series.

Rob Reiner

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

Director Rob Reiner shares an array of anecdotes from his 40-plus year directorial career in feature film and discusses scenes from his filmography including The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally..., and A Few Good Men.

Michael Pressman

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

Director Michael Pressman discusses his 40-plus year directorial career in feature film (Boulevard Nights, Some Kind of Hero), movies for television (Private Sessions, A Season for Miracles) and episodic television, where he has directed and produced hundreds of episodes (Blue Bloods, Picket Fences, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Med).

Gene Reynolds (1923-2020)

Interviewed by: John Rich

Gene Reynolds discusses with John Rich his career as a television director working on notable series like M*A*S*H and Lou Grant and his long-time service to the Director's Guild of America, including two terms as DGA President. 

Mira Nair

Interviewed by: Kasi Lemmons

Mira Nair discusses her 35-plus-year directorial career, highlighting her documentaries (Jama Masjid Street Journal, India Cabaret), independent features (Salaam Bombay!, Mississippi Masala, Monsoon Wedding), and studio features (Vanity Fair, Amelia, Queen of Katwe).

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, Jay D. Roth

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 Miners Daughter (1980), and Nell (1994) and reflecting on his presidency and Guild leadership over the years.

Randal Kleiser

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

Randal Kleiser (Grease, The Blue Lagoon, White Fang) discusses his career as a director of feature films and TV movies, as well as, his active involvement in the DGA including serving in the Special Projects Committee.

Jeremy Kagan

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan, Jay D. Roth

Jeremy Kagan (The Chosen, The Journey of Natty Gann, Crown Heights) discusses his 40-plus year career as a director of feature films, TV movies, and episodic television, and his active involvement in the DGA including serving as the Chair of the Special Projects Committee.

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.

Warren Adler

Interviewed by: Jay D. Roth

Former Associate National Executive Director, Warren Adler, shares invaluable insights about the Guild's negotiating history from his extensive involvement on 11 of the Guild's Basic Agreement and FLTTA negotiations cycles over a 32-year career at the DGA.

Gilbert Cates

Interviewed by: Gil Cates, Jr.

Gil Cates recounts to his son and interviewer Gil Cates, Jr. his experiences as a feature film director, Dean of UCLA's Theater, Film, and Television Program, and President of the DGA.

Jim Sheridan

Interviewed by: Michael Apted

Director Jim Sheridan discusses his 30-plus year directorial career in feature film, highlighting his work on My Left Foot (1989), In the Name of the Father (1993), and In America (2002) among other notable projects.

Bill Duke

Interviewed by: Carl Weathers

Bill Duke discusses his directorial career and working with Ossie Davis, Laurence Fishburne and Forest Whitaker in films such as Deep Cover, A Rage in Harlem, Hoodlum, and Deacons for Defense. He also discusses changes in the film industry and the DGA’s role in fostering diversity in Hollywood.

Charles Haid

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

Director Charles Haid (Nip/Tuck, Criminal Minds, ER) discusses his 20-plus year directorial career in episodic television and movies for television, working with Robert Butler on the influential show Hill Street Blues and his service on the DGA’s Television Creative Rights Committee.

Kathleen McGill

Interviewed by: Mary Rae Thewlis

Unit Production Manager Kathleen McGill discusses her 25-year career, highlighting her collaboration with director Ron Howard on features A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, Frost/Nixon and Angels & Demons; as well as her work in episodic television; and her extensive Guild service.

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DGA Visual History Herb Adelman
by  Tom  Joyner
May 23, 2006
VH146 Warren Adler
by  Jay D.  Roth
November 21, 2011
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
VH199 Ballard Hero
by  Robert  Markowitz
June 01, 2017
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
VH205 Ed Bianchi Hero
by  Tim  Van Patten
November 01, 2017
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
VH191 John Boorman
by  Jim  Sheridan
March 07, 2016
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
Visual History 184 Dick Carson
by  Dency  Nelson
November 23, 2015
DGA Visual History Gilbert Cates Sr
by  Gil  Cates, Jr.
May 21, 2002
Cavalier Interview
by  Cleve  Landsberg
March 01, 2013
Visual History 187 Henry Chan
by  Sandy  Tung
December 15, 2015
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
VH190 Cooper-Avrick
by  Julie  Gelfand
March 10, 2016
Dassin Interview
by  Bruce  Goldstein
October 15, 2001
Davis Interview
by  Jeremy  Kagan
March 27, 2009
Vince DeDario
by  Dennis  Mazzocco
July 14, 2014
VH212 Bill DElia Hero
by  Michael  Zinberg
July 10, 2018
DeToth Interview
by  Jeremy  Kagan
May 11, 2000
by  Raymond  De Felitta
May 23, 2006
Visual History Richard Donner Hero
by  Brian  Helgeland
December 06, 2018
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