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About the DGA Documentary Committee

The mission of the Documentary Committee is to provide recommendations regarding creative and economic rights, enforcement of contractual and legal protections for documentary filmmakers. The Committee also coordinates events that support that mission.
Faith Santilla
DGA Assistant Executive Director
(310) 752-5999
Committee Chairs
Documentary Agreement
Chuck Workman

Chuck Workman discusses his career as a director of the Academy Award-winning short film Precious Images (1986), feature-length documentaries Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) and Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990), and his early work as an editor of numerous commercials, feature film trailers and Academy Awards montages.

The DGA Interview: Barbara Kopple

The pioneering documentarian, with an uncanny ability to gain her subjects’ trust, has repeatedly put herself at risk while leaving no stone unturned.

Michael Apted

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.

Shot to Remember: The Thin Blue Line

In the opening sequence of The Thin Blue Line, Errol Morris enhances his quest for the truth with innovative, and controversial, style.

Steve James

Director Steve James recounts career highlights including the groundbreaking documentary Hoop Dreams and the six-year-long process to make the film, which led to directing narrative films like Prefontaine and critically-acclaimed documentaries like The Interrupters and Life Itself.

Mel Stuart

Mel Stuart (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Wattstax, Four Days in November) discusses his long and varied career as a director and producer of everything from fantastical musical pieces to hard-cutting political documentaries. Stuart shares his working philosophies, among them, his Five Rules to “making it” in the film industry.