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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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    • TV & Film
    • 4.6 • 666 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.

    Mountain Queen: The Summits of Lhakpa Sherpa with Lucy Walker and Ondi Timoner (Ep. 478)

    Mountain Queen: The Summits of Lhakpa Sherpa with Lucy Walker and Ondi Timoner (Ep. 478)

    Director Lucy Walker discusses her new film, Mountain Queen: The Summits of Lhakpa Sherpa, with fellow Director Ondi Timoner in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. In the conversation, she discusses comparing and contrasting the act of mountain climbing with the struggle of personal life, exploring Lhakpa’s children’s arcs to add to the stakes of the story, and finding and fighting for the end of her feature.

    The film follows the true story of Lhakpa Sherpa, the first Nepali woman to summit and survive Mount Everest. Now a single mother living a quiet life in Connecticut, she returns to the mountain in hopes of building a better life for her family.


    See photos and a summary of this event below:

    https://dga.org/Events/2024/June2024/DocSeries_MountainQueen-0524

    • 44 min
    The Idea of You with Michael Showalter and Kay Cannon (Ep. 477)

    The Idea of You with Michael Showalter and Kay Cannon (Ep. 477)

    Director Michael Showalter discusses his new film, The Idea of You, with fellow Director Kay Cannon in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. In the conversation, he discusses the in-depth process of casting the Hayes character, working with a songwriter who writes for real pop bands to make a full soundtrack, and taking care to craft a realistic story that respects the genre.

    The film tells the story of Solène, who while chaperoning her daughter at Coachella, finds instant chemistry with the lead singer of a popular boyband. But while their whirlwind romance creates an undeniable spark, it isn’t long before his superstar status causes challenges, and Solène discovers life in the spotlight may be more than she bargained for.


    See photos and a summary of this event below:

    https://dga.org/Events/2024/June2024/IdeaOfYou_QnA_0524

    • 31 min
    The Greatest Hits with Ned Benson and Marc Webb (Ep. 476)

    The Greatest Hits with Ned Benson and Marc Webb (Ep. 476)

    Director Ned Benson discusses his new film, The Greatest Hits, with fellow Director Marc Webb in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. In the conversation, he discusses filming at landmark Los Angeles locations to ingrain the city as part of the story, working with the cinematographer to artistically convey the time traveling sequences, and working with his composer to craft a soundtrack that compliments a musically-inclined story.

    The film tells the story of Harriet, who discovers that specific songs can transport her to the past to relive cherished moments with her former partner. But after meeting someone new in the present, she struggles to decide whether to alter the past and reclaim what she lost, or make peace with it and move on.


    See photos and a summary of this event below:

    https://dga.org/Events/2024/June2024/GreatestHits_QnA_0424

    • 29 min
    Sasquatch Sunset with David Zellner, Nathan Zellner and James Ponsoldt (Ep. 475)

    Sasquatch Sunset with David Zellner, Nathan Zellner and James Ponsoldt (Ep. 475)

    Directors David and Nathan Zellner discuss their new film, Sasquatch Sunset, with fellow Director James Ponsoldt in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. In the conversation, they discuss working with actors who are performing in full makeup, their use of live animals throughout the film, and utilizing a score that integrates the sounds of nature as an instrument.

    The film tells the story of a family of sasquatches living in the misty forests of North America. Over the course of one year, they embark on an absurdist, epic, hilarious, and ultimately poignant journey as they fight for survival in an ever-changing world.


    See photos and a summary of this event below:

    https://dga.org/Events/2024/May2024/SasquatchSunset_QnA_0424

    • 31 min
    In the Land of Saints and Sinners with Robert Lorenz and Brian Helgeland (Ep. 474)

    In the Land of Saints and Sinners with Robert Lorenz and Brian Helgeland (Ep. 474)

    Director Robert Lorenz discusses his new film, In the Land of Saints and Sinners, with fellow Director Brian Helgeland in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. In the conversation, he discusses retaining the film’s authenticity in its Irish cast and texture of its 1970s setting, balancing the tone with moments of humor and severity, and using landscape shots of the remote Irish location to accentuate the mood of the film.

    The film tells the story of Finbar Murphy, a man living a quiet life in a remote Irish fishing village, eager to leave his dark past behind. But when a menacing crew of terrorists arrive, he is forced to choose between keeping his secret identity hidden, or defending his community from the encroaching violence.


    See photos and a summary of this event below:

    https://dga.org/Events/2024/May2024/LandofSaintsNSinners_QnA_0424

    • 31 min
    Immaculate with Michael Mohan and Adam Robitel (Ep. 473)

    Immaculate with Michael Mohan and Adam Robitel (Ep. 473)

    Director Michael Mohan discusses his new film, Immaculate, with fellow Director Adam Robitel in a Q&A at the DGA theater in Los Angeles. In the conversation, he discusses how his personal background played into his making of the film, his creative partnership with actress Sydney Sweeney on and off the camera, and using Italian locations to try and keep the setting in a timeless state.

    The film tells the story of Cecelia, an American nun who is offered a new role at a picturesque convent in the Italian countryside. But once there, her dream assignment quickly turns into a living nightmare when she discovers her new home harbors a sinister secret and unspeakable horrors.

    See photos and a summary of this event below:

    https://dga.org/Events/2024/May2024/Immaculate_QnA_0324

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
666 Ratings

666 Ratings

La Escuelita ,

A film school

So many gems shared in every episode. Grateful for the directors’ generosity in giving insight into their process + craft.

hotlanta69! ,

Essential podcast but I have one note

If you’re not going to include audio of the questions being asked by audience members, please try to insist that the speakers restate the question before it’s answered.

iliketolaugh54321 ,

10/10

As a young Director, these conversations are super inspiring! Thank you for sharing them

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