Joan Micklin Silver interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Joan Micklin Silver (1935-2020)

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.

Director Joan Micklin Silver describes her journey in making her first film, Hester Street, which she and her husband, Ray Silver, produced and distributed independently after she found herself shut out from directing opportunities in the 1970's.

Micklin Silver recalls the help offered to her while making Hester Street from fellow directors Barbara Loden, Shirley Clarke, and Elia Kazan.

Micklin Silver offers praise for the DGA and its commitment to help directors solve whatever issues they may have both individually and collectively.