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Brought to you by the Directors Guild of America, "The Director's Cut" will bring you the behind-the-scenes stories of today's most talked about films. Each episode features a different director interviewed by one of their peers, leading to revealing conversations about the grueling, but rewarding process of bringing their films to life.
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Director Pablo Larraín discusses his new film, Spencer, with fellow director Rebecca Miller in a Q&A at the DGA theater in New York. Set years after the fairy-tale wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, when the bliss has grown cold and rumors of affairs abound, the film picks up the true story on one Christmas holiday, as Diana wrestles with the pivotal decision of whether or not to leave. Please note: spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2022/January2022/Spencer_QnA_1121.aspx
Director Blerta Basholli discusses her new film, Hive, with fellow director Nicole Kassell in a Q&A at the DGA theater in New York. The film recounts the true story of Fahrije, a woman who pulls together the other widows in her patriarchal village to launch a business selling a local food product. Their newfound independence draws the hostility of the men in the village who condemn their efforts, sparking a feud that threatens their sovereignty and the financial future of their families. Please note: spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2021/December2021/GCS_HIVE_1121.aspx
Director Matthew Heinman discusses his new film, The First Wave, with fellow director Marc Levin in a Q&A at the DGA theater in New York. Please note: spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2021/December2021/DocSeries_TheFirstWave_1121.aspx
Director Edgar Wright discusses his new film, Last Night in Soho, with fellow director Phil Lord in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. The film follows an aspiring fashion designer who encounters an ambitious singer when she mysteriously travels to the 1960s, but their façade of glamour soon cracks into something much darker. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2021/December2021/LastNightSoho_QnA_1023.aspx
Director Jeymes Samuel discusses his new film, The Harder They Fall, with fellow director Baz Luhrmann in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. The film tells the story of an outlaw who reunites his old gang to track down and exact revenge on an enemy who is being released from prison. Please note: spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2021/December2021/HarderTheyFall_QnA_1021.aspx
Director Alan Taylor discusses his new film, The Many Saints of Newark, with fellow director Greg Mottola in a Q&A at the DGA theater in New York. A prequel to the award-winning television series The Sopranos, the film follows a young Tony Soprano as he grows up in one of the most tumultuous eras in New Jersey history. As he idolizes his uncle Dickie Moltisanti, we see how the relationship influences his adolescence and contributes to his transformation into the all-powerful mob boss he will someday become. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2021/December2021/ManySaintsOfNewark_QnA_1021.aspx
Director Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson discusses his new film, Summer of Soul (...Or When the Revolutioun Could Not Be Televised), with fellow director Amir Bar-Lev in a Q&A at the DGA theater in New York. The film shines a light on archival footage of The Harlem Cultural Festival, an epic event celebrating Black history, culture and fashion that took place in the summer of 1969. Standing as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, the film includes concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, B.B. King and more. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2021/December2021/1021_DocSeries_SummerOfSoul.aspx
Director George Clooney discusses his new film, The Tender Bar, with fellow director Jason Reitman in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. Adapted from a memoir of the same name, the film tells the story of J.R., a fatherless boy who hangs out with his bartender Uncle in a bar that caters to an assortment of quirky characters. As his mother struggles to provide her son with opportunities and move out of her begrudgingly supportive father’s home, J.R. begins to pursue his romantic and professional dreams. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: www.dga.org/Events/2021/Novembe…Bar_QnA_102101.aspx
Director Denis Villeneuve discusses his new film, Dune, with fellow director Christopher Nolan in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. An adaptation of Frank Herbert’s groundbreaking science fiction novel, the film follows the son of a noble family, who is entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and vital element in the universe. Please note: spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2021/November2021/Dune_QnA_1021.aspx
Director Alexandre Moratto discusses his new film, 7 Prisoners, with fellow director Victoria Hochberg in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. The film tells the story of 18-year-old Mateus, who accepts a job in far-away São Paulo to provide a better life for his family. Once there, Mateus rebels after discovering that he and the other young men are held as prisoners to “work off” their “travel expenses.” He is ultimately forced to choose between helping the very man who imprisoned him or risk his and his family’s future. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2021/November2021/GCS_7-Prisoners_0921.aspx
Director Marilyn Agrelo discusses her new film, Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street, with fellow director Annetta Marion in a Q&A at the DGA theater in New York. Inspired by the book by Michael Davis, Street Gang takes us inside the minds and hearts of the artists, writers, producers, and educators who created Sesame Street, revealing not only how these visionary creators changed our world, but also what it was like to be at the center of a cultural and social phenomenon. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2021/November2021/0921DocSeries_StreetGang_NY.aspx
Director Siân Heder discusses her new film, Coda, with fellow director Suzi Yoonessi in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. The film follows Ruby, a Child of Deaf Adults who is the only hearing person in her deaf family. After the family fishing business is threatened, Ruby must choose between staying with her parents and leaving to pursue her love of music. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2021/November2021/CODA_QnA_092126.aspx
Director Theodore Melfi discusses his new film, The Starling, with fellow director David E. Talbert in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. In the film, a feisty starling sets up a nest at the home of Lilly, who is grieving a recent loss. As she battles with and attempts to rid her home of the combative bird, Lilly rediscovers her capacity for growth and love. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2021/November2021/TheStarling_QnA_092125.aspx
Director Paul Schrader discusses his new film, The Card Counter, with fellow director John Patrick Shanley in a Q&A at the DGA theater in New York. The film weaves the story of an ex-military interrogator turned gambler, who is haunted by the ghosts of his past decisions. When he is approached by a vulnerable and angry young man seeking revenge against a mutual enemy from their past, he sees a chance for salvation, but risks a fall back into dark territory. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2021/October2021/CardCounter_QnA_092112.aspx
Director Stephen Chbosky discusses his new film, Dear Evan Hansen, with fellow director Paul Hedges in a Q&A at the DGA theater in New York. An adaptation of the award-winning Broadway musical, the film presents the story of a high school senior with a social anxiety disorder, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance after the suicide of a fellow classmate. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2021/November2021/DearEvanHansen_QnA_092112.aspx
Directors Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly discuss their new film, Queenpins, with fellow director Cindy Chupack in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. Inspired by a true story, the film is about a bored and frustrated suburban homemaker, who hatches an illegal coupon club scheme with her best pal to scam millions from mega-corporations and deliver deals to fellow coupon clippers. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2021/October2021/Queenpins_QnA_092111.aspx
Director Destin Daniel Cretton discusses his new film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, with fellow director Jon M. Chu in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. The film welcomes a new superhero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, telling the story of a martial arts master who must confront the past he thought he'd left behind when he is drawn in to the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2021/October2021/ShangChi_QnA_092105.aspx
Director Lisa Joy discusses her new film, Reminiscence, with fellow director J.J. Abrams in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. The film tells the story of Nick, a futuristic private investigator who helps his clients access lost memories. When an alluring new client named Mae disappears, Nick becomes obsessed with finding her and uncovers a violent conspiracy. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: www.dga.org/Events/2021/October…nce_QnA_082129.aspx
Director Morgan Neville discusses his new film, Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, with fellow director Ondi Timoner in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. The film reveals how Bourdain went from chef at an obscure New York restaurant to a bestselling author, world traveler, Emmy-winning television writer and producer, and one of the most notorious and beloved figures in the food world and beyond. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2021/October2021/LA_DocSeries_RoadRunner.aspx
Director Liesl Tommy discusses his new film, Respect, with fellow director Radha Blank in a Q&A at the DGA theater in New York. The film follows the remarkable life of the “Queen of soul” Aretha Franklin, from her early days singing in her father's church choir to becoming a legendary international musical superstar. Please note spoilers are included. See photos and a summary of this event below: https://www.dga.org/Events/2021/September2021/Respect_QnA_0821.aspx
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Comments (4)

Tony D

documentary? did we watch the same movie?

Jul 27th
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Ben Sharples

this conversation is so awkward but so rich

Feb 5th
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Derek Carlisle

derekscottcarlisle-A DGA Podcast-TheDirectorsCut

Jan 19th
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Pratik G.

Thank you so much for doing this!

Jan 10th
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