About the DGA Independent Directors Committees

The Directors Guild of America has two Independent Directors Committees (IDCs): the IDC West in Los Angeles, which was established in 1998, and the IDC East based in New York and created in 2002. Composed of directors actively working in independent film, these committees seek to help the Guild develop policies, programs and activities that better serve the needs of DGA Members who work in the independent and low budget film arenas, reach out to independent film directors who are not yet members of the Guild to raise their awareness of the benefits of DGA membership, and educate independent film producers about the DGA’s low budget agreements and encourage them to make use of those agreements.

Explore these pages to find out more about the benefits Guild membership can bring to independent directors and the activities of the DGA Independent Directors Committees.
IDC West - Mayra Ocampo (310) 289-2006
IDC East - Mary Hatch (212) 258-0801
IDC East - Jennifer Peat (212) 258-0808
Committee Chairs
Jonathan Dayton
Co-Chair - IDC West
Valerie Faris
Co-Chair - IDC West
Dan Algrant
Co-Chair - IDC East
Mary Harron
Co-Chair - IDC East
Declaration of Independents

Independent directors have helped create an industry and a staggering range of films over the last 30 years.

John Sayles

Acclaimed independent filmmaker John Sayles (Return of the Secaucus Seven, Eight Men Out), shares his unique views as a director/writer/actor hyphenate, working on tight indie budgets, and how he got Alan Parker, Sidney Lumet and Martin Scorsese to sign his DGA application.

Penelope Spheeris

Penelope Spheeris discusses her career as a filmmaker, directing documentaries like The Decline of Western Civilization and studio films such as Wayne's World. Spheeris talks about growing up in her father’s traveling carnival, as well as major influences in her life, including Janis Joplin and punk rock music.

Agnieszka Holland

Agnieszka Holland discusses her career as a director and screenwriter of films including Angry Harvest, Europa Europa, and The Secret Garden. Holland discusses working with Polish director Andrzej Wajda and how living under Communism influenced her perspective as a filmmaker. She also describes her working methods and philosophy.