Visual History Program

Founded in 2000, the DGA’s Visual History Program has conducted more than 200 interviews with directors and director’s team members discussing their careers and creative processes in film, television and other media.

Agnès Varda (1928 -2019)

Interviewed by: Lynne Littman

French director Agnès Varda (Cléo from 5 to 7, Vagabond, The Beaches of Agnès) discusses her long career creating documentaries, features, and mixtures of the two that pre-dated and inspired several film movements of European cinema.

Jim Sheridan

Interviewed by: Michael Apted

Director Jim Sheridan discusses his 30-plus year directorial career in feature film, highlighting his work on My Left Foot (1989), In the Name of the Father (1993), and In America (2002) among other notable projects.

Arlene Sanford

Interviewed by: Michael Zinberg

Arlene Sanford discusses her 30-plus year career directing episodic television, feature films and movies for television, highlighting her work on such shows as Ally McBeal, Pretty Little Liars, and Grace and Frankie.

Penelope Spheeris

Interviewed by: Mary Lambert

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.

Michael Apted

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

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 Miner’s Daughter and Nell, among other notable projects. (Part 1 of 2)

Henry Chan

Interviewed by: Sandy Tung

Henry Chan (A Different World, Moesha, Fresh Off the Boat, 100 Days) discusses his 30-plus year career directing episodic television and feature films, his beginnings as an editor, and his involvement in the Asian American Committee.

Charles Haid

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

Director Charles Haid (Nip/Tuck, Criminal Minds, ER) discusses his 20-plus year directorial career in episodic television and movies for television, working with Robert Butler on the influential show Hill Street Blues and his service on the DGA’s Television Creative Rights Committee.

Michael Schultz

Interviewed by: Donna Brown Guillaume

Michael Schultz recalls his career through four decades of directing, beginning in the theater, successes with Cooley High and Car Wash, and his prolific work in episodic television.

Jeremy Kagan

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan, Jay D. Roth

Jeremy Kagan (The Chosen, The Journey of Natty Gann, Crown Heights) discusses his 40-plus year career as a director of feature films, TV movies, and episodic television, and his active involvement in the DGA including serving as the Chair of the Special Projects Committee.

Ed Bianchi

Interviewed by: Tim Van Patten

Director Ed Bianchi discusses his 45-year directorial career in commercials and episodic television, highlighting his commercial work for Eastern Air Lines, Pepsi Cola, and American Express, as well as his episodic work on Boardwalk Empire, The Wire and The Get Down.

Jerry Schatzberg

Interviewed by: Raymond De Felitta

Jerry Schatzberg discusses his 50-plus year career as a director of such films as Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970), The Panic in Needle Park (1971) and Scarecrow (1973); and working with Al Pacino, Gene Hackman and Faye Dunaway.

Chuck Workman

Interviewed by: Harrison Engle

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.

William Friedkin

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

Director William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist) discusses his iconic career; beginning in the mailroom of a television station to winning the DGA Feature Film Award and becoming a premier member of the “New Hollywood” wave of filmmaking that revolutionized the industry.

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DGA Visual History Herb Adelman
by  Tom  Joyner
May 23, 2006
Larry Albucher Interview
by  Kevin  Koster
December 18, 2012
Robert Altman interview
by  Lee  Grant
May 18, 2004
Ken Annakin Interview
by  Randal  Kleiser
April 30, 2008
Visual History 158 Michael Apted
by  Jeremy  Kagan
February 06, 2013
Larry Auerbach Interview
by  Joshua  White
May 14, 2001
Avildsen Interview
by  Jeremy  Kagan
August 22, 2007
John Badham Interview
by  Jeremy  Kagan
March 23, 2005
Balash Interview
by  Joshua  White
October 24, 2001
VH199 Ballard Hero
by  Robert  Markowitz
June 01, 2017
Richard Bare Interview
by  Gene  Reynolds
March 26, 2010
Beaudine Interview
by  Skip & Craig  Beaudine
September 19, 2005
Harold Becker Interview
by  Robert  Markowitz
May 05, 2010
Bellini DeSomone Interview
by  Barbara  Roche
April 14, 2009
Richard Benjamin Interview
by  Jeremy  Kagan
February 17, 2011
Yudi Bennett Interview
by  Liz  Ryan
February 20, 2013
Benton Interview
by  Michael  Pressman
May 19, 2005
VH205 Ed Bianchi Hero
by  Tim  Van Patten
November 01, 2017
Bill Interview
by  Randal  Kleiser...
September 14, 2007
Binder Interview
by  Taylor  Hackford
January 31, 2006
Jeff Bleckner
by  John Kent  Harrison
November 07, 2007
Bertrand Blier interview
by  Jon  Amiel
April 15, 2011
Bloom Interview
by  Joshua  White
November 15, 2001
Bert Bluestein Interview
by  Kevin  Koster
December 11, 2012
Bogart Interview
by  Peter  Bogart
April 23, 2005
Peter Bogdanovich Interview
by  Raymond  De Felitta
November 10, 2005
VH191 John Boorman
by  Jim  Sheridan
March 07, 2016
Brockway Interview
by  Jim  Drake
April 24, 2009
Browning Interview
by  Joshua  White
June 12, 2001
James D. Brubaker
by  Kevin  Koster
December 19, 2012
James Burrows Interview
by  Michael  Lembeck
March 11, 2008
Butler Interview
by  Gene  Reynolds
August 22, 2002
Capra Jr Interview
by  Joe  D’Alessandro
May 25, 2005
Larry Carpenter Interview
by  Casey  Childs
January 06, 2012
Visual History 184 Dick Carson
by  Dency  Nelson
November 23, 2015
DGA Visual History Gilbert Cates Sr
by  Gil  Cates, Jr.
May 21, 2002
Cavalier Interview
by  Cleve  Landsberg
March 01, 2013
Visual History 187 Henry Chan
by  Sandy  Tung
December 15, 2015
Tony Charmoli Interview
by  Kenny  Ortega
September 14, 2010
Chomsky Interview
by  Robert  Markowitz
August 17, 2006
Visual History Hal Cooper
by  Michael  Zinberg
July 21, 2003
VH190 Cooper-Avrick
by  Julie  Gelfand
March 10, 2016
Dassin Interview
by  Bruce  Goldstein
October 15, 2001
Davis Interview
by  Jeremy  Kagan
March 27, 2009
Vince DeDario
by  Dennis  Mazzocco
July 14, 2014
DeToth Interview
by  Jeremy  Kagan
May 11, 2000
Donen
by  Raymond  De Felitta
May 23, 2006
Donovan Interview
by  Joshua  White
July 10, 2001
Jim Drake Interview
by  Howard  Storm
October 27, 2009
Bill Duke
by  Carl  Weathers
July 30, 2002
John Erman Interview
by  Bob  Balaban
March 01, 2007