A Conversation with Lou Diamond Phillips

June 17, 2020 A DGA Asian American Committee Virtual Event

On Wednesday, June 17, the Asian American Committee (AAC) hosted an online meeting. DGA President Thomas Schlamme joined the meeting to provide an update on the state of the Guild and discussed the status of return to work efforts and the position of Guild in midst of current social shifts.

In addition to Committee business, the meeting also featured a special panel discussion, A Conversation with Lou Diamond Phillips: The Actor-Director Relationship.

In an exchange moderated by Asian American Committee Co-Chair Lily Mariye (Model Minority), Phillips discussed the relationship between directors and actors from both sides of the transom. During the conversation he also covered topics such as what actors need from a director in both film and television including the communication, the collaboration, and the best direction. He also spoke about being a Director/Actor of color, covering his journey on both sides of the camera.

Following the moderated portion of the event, the panelists took questions from the online audience.


Lou Diamond PhillipsDirector Lou Diamond Phillips
Phillips is an actor, director, writer and producer who has worked as an actor in feature films such as Luis Valdez's La Bamba, Edward Zwick's Courage Under Fire and Patricia Riggen's The 33; and episodes of the series including Blindspot, Hawaii Five-0 and Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Ranch. Phillips made his feature directorial debut with Dangerous Touch, which he co-wrote. His other directing credits include the feature films Tao of Surfing andSioux City; movie for television Love Takes Wing; and episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fear the Walking DeadLongmire,Resurrection Blvd.The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone. Phillips joined the DGA in 1998.

Lily MariyeLily Mariye
In addition to her feature Model Minority, Mariye’s directing credits also include episodes of The Terror: Infamy, How to Get Away with Murder, StumptownCouncil of Dads, Chicago PDMacGyver, NCIS: Los Angeles and Prodigal Son. Mariye also earned a DGA Award-nomination in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs category for her 2017 “Just Add Meddling” episode of the Amazon series Just Add Magic. A DGA member since 2015, she currently serves a co-chair of the DGA’s Asian American Committee.

About the Asian American Committee:

The Asian American Committee (AAC) was created as a networking group to provide a forum for interests and issues that concern Asian-American Guild members. Through outreach efforts in the entertainment industry that emphasize career development and skills enhancement, the committee provides a variety of networking opportunities as well as screenings, seminars and discussions with industry professionals. The current AAC Co-Chairs are Directors Cellin Gluck, Michael Goi and Lily Mariye.

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