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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.
Contact
Lisa Layer
Associate Western Executive Director
(310) 289-2067
lisal@dga.org
Committee Chairs
Documentary Agreement
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 (1941-2021)

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.