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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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    • 4.6 • 583 Ratings

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.

    God's Country with Julian Higgins and Chloe Okuno (Ep. 371)

    God's Country with Julian Higgins and Chloe Okuno (Ep. 371)

    Director Julian Higgins discusses his new film, God's Country, with fellow director Chloe Okuno in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. In the conversation, Higgins discusses pulling off night exteriors on a small budget, the year hiatus during production, and the power of an impassioned letter.

    Based on a James Lee Burke's short story "Winter Light" and his own short film of the same name, Higgins' feature tells the story of a college professor who finds herself drawn into an escalating battle of wills after she confronts two hunters who claim they're just passing through.

    Please note: spoilers are included.

    See photos and a summary of this event below:

    https://www.dga.org/Events/2022/November2022/GodsCountry_QnA_0922.aspx

    • 33 min
    Gigi & Nate with Nick Hamm and Ben Lewin (Ep. 370)

    Gigi & Nate with Nick Hamm and Ben Lewin (Ep. 370)

    Director Nick Hamm discusses his new film, Gigi & Nate, with fellow director Ben Lewin in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. In the conversation, Hamm speaks about why he decided to take on the project, his approach to the rehearsal process, and the effect of Covid-19 on the production.

    Based on true events, the film tells the story of Nate Gibson, a young man whose life is turned upside down after he suffers a near-fatal accident. Although moving forward seems impossible, he finds much needed hope with the assistance of Gigi, a curious and intelligent monkey trained to assist Nate with his basic needs.

    Please note: spoilers are included.

    See photos and a summary of this event below:

    https://www.dga.org/Events/2022/October2022/GigiAndNate_QnA_0922.aspx

    • 27 min
    Barbarian with Zach Cregger and David F. Sanberg (Ep. 369)

    Barbarian with Zach Cregger and David F. Sanberg (Ep. 369)

    Director Zach Cregger discusses his new film, Barbarian, with fellow director David F. Sanberg in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. In the conversation, he discusses creating a photoboard for the film with his cinematographer, shooting Detroit for Bulgaria, and pulling off the last scene in the film in only 40 minutes.

    The film tells the story of Tess, a young woman who arrives at her Airbnb late at night only to find that her rental has been mistakenly double-booked and a strange man is already staying there. Against her better judgment, she decides to stay the night, but soon discovers that there is much more to be afraid of in the house than the other guest.

    Please note: spoilers are included.

    See photos and a summary of this event below:

    https://www.dga.org/Events/2022/October2022/Barbarian_QnA_0922.aspx

    • 27 min
    Thirteen Lives with Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman (Ep. 368)

    Thirteen Lives with Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman (Ep. 368)

    Director Ron Howard discusses his new film, Thirteen Lives, with fellow director Akiva Goldsman in a Q&A at the DGA theater in New York. In the conversation, Howard reveals how much of the stunts the actors performed, his thoughts on the future of theatrical film, and his favorite scene in the film.

    The film follows the miraculous story of the 2018 Tham Luang Nang Non rescue, in which an international team of divers was assembled to save a group of 12 young boys and their soccer coach after they became trapped in a system of flooded caves in Thailand.

    Please note: spoilers are included.

    See photos and a summary of this event below:

    https://www.dga.org/Events/2022/September2022/ThirteenLives_QnA_0822.aspx

    • 35 min
    Where the Crawdads Sing with Olivia Newman and Catherine Hardwicke (Ep. 367)

    Where the Crawdads Sing with Olivia Newman and Catherine Hardwicke (Ep. 367)

    Director Olivia Newman discusses her new film, Where the Crawdads Sing, with fellow director Catherine Hardwicke in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. In the conversation, Newman reveals how she pitched the film to producers, discusses the difficulty of doing chemistry reads via Zoom, and talks about the necessity of being flexible as a director.

    Based on the best-selling novel, the film follows Kya, an abandoned girl raised in the marshland, who finds herself falsely accused of murder by a small town in North Carolina. When the town attempts to prosecute her, Kya must clear her name as the truth of what happened lies within the murky waters of the marsh.

    Please note: spoilers are included.

    See photos and a summary of this event below:

    https://www.dga.org/Events/2022/September2022/WhereTheCrawdadsSing_QnA_0722.aspx

    • 32 min
    Summering with James Ponsoldt and Ry Russo Young (Ep. 366)

    Summering with James Ponsoldt and Ry Russo Young (Ep. 366)

    Director James Ponsoldt discusses his new film, Summering, with fellow director Ry Russo Young in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. In the conversation, they speak about why Ponsoldt wanted to make the film, his cinematic influences for the project, and how he helped the young actresses to function as a group and build chemistry.

    The film follows four best friends on the brink of starting middle school who struggle with the harsh truths of growing up as they realize their lives are about to change forever. On the last weekend of summer, they embark on a mysterious adventure.

    Please note: spoilers are included.

    See photos and a summary of this event below:

    https://www.dga.org/Events/2022/September2022/Summering_QnA_0722.aspx

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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583 Ratings

Algonquian123 ,

Insightful!

Hearing directors interviewed by other directors is an excellent format!

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Great interviews

Love the insight!!

Jchalfant ,

Dan Adams is a crook and the DGA should be ashamed

He bounced a 12k check to my production company after we delivered final VFX shots on his film Golden Boys. The guy left us unable to pay our artists.

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