In Honor of Labor Day – A Look at the Founding of the DGA

DGA 75th Anniversary Moments in Time Prologue

September 1, 2021

History is full of difficult periods that nonetheless inspired solutions by those who took a stand. While the challenges we've recently faced are unique, the power of our Guild to overcome them is not. The DGA has not only faced difficulties before, it was specifically founded to meet these moments ... together.

In honor of Labor Day — founded after labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being — we look back at the challenges that inspired Hollywood's most influential Directors to band together in order to achieve proper recognition and better creative and economic conditions, resulting in the creation of the Screen Directors Guild more than 85 years ago.


Moments in Time: Part 1 – 13 Men and $1300
Narrated by Steven Spielberg
The quest by Hollywood's most influential directors to achieve proper recognition and better creative and economic conditions, resulting in the creation of the Screen Directors Guild.

 


Plus, a look at how the DGA achieved its first contract with the industry when studio leaders were continually ignoring the Guild's demand for formal recognition.

Moments in Time: Part 2 – Doubling Down

Narrated by Martin Scorsese
With studio leaders continually ignoring the Guild's demand for formal recognition, new DGA President Frank Capra threatens to lead a boycott of the Academy Awards.