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About the DGA Independent Directors Committees

The Independent Directors Committees (IDC) are composed of directors actively working in independent film. The IDC and the IDC, East 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. The IDC was established in 1998 in Los Angeles. The IDC, East was created in 2002 in New York.

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 Committee.
IDC in Los Angeles - Jennifer Peat
Special Assignments Executive
(310) 289-5305
IDC in New York - Mary Hatch
DGA Assistant Executive Director
(212) 258-0801
Committee Chairs
Mary Harron
Chair - IDC, East
Declaration of Independents

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

The DGA Interview: Michael Apted

Michael Apted's deep documentary experience informs his quest for authenticity, and as the issue of creative rights loomed after Thunderheart, that awareness sparked a decades-long involvement in DGA leadership.

Mira Nair

Mira Nair discusses her 35-plus-year directorial career, highlighting her documentaries (Jama Masjid Street Journal, India Cabaret), independent features (Salaam Bombay!, Mississippi Masala, Monsoon Wedding), and studio features (Vanity Fair, Amelia, Queen of Katwe).

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.

Agnès Varda

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.

Joan Tewkesbury

Joan Tewkesbury discusses working with Robert Altman as the co-writer of Thieves like Us and the writer of Nashville, then building her own directing career in television, the changes she has witnessed for woman directors, and the importance of the DGA’s support of creative rights.