13 episodes

The Directors Podcast is a platform for filmmakers to discuss their craft. Every episode features a conversation between film industry peers breaking down the method and process behind their work. Diverse topics provide a look behind the camera, advice for veteran and aspiring filmmakers, and an examination of the social and cultural elements intersecting the industry.

The Directors Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Aubrey Arnason and Katia Café-Fébrissy.

The Directors Podcast Directors Guild of Canada

    • TV & Film

The Directors Podcast is a platform for filmmakers to discuss their craft. Every episode features a conversation between film industry peers breaking down the method and process behind their work. Diverse topics provide a look behind the camera, advice for veteran and aspiring filmmakers, and an examination of the social and cultural elements intersecting the industry.

The Directors Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Aubrey Arnason and Katia Café-Fébrissy.

    Narrative and Performance in Documentary w/ Director Shannon Walsh

    Narrative and Performance in Documentary w/ Director Shannon Walsh

    Director Shannon Walsh sits down with fellow filmmaker Chase Joynt discuss her latest documentary feature Adrianne & The Castle, as well as her recent book
    The Documentary Filmmaker's Intuition: Creating Ethical and Impactful Non-fiction Films.

    Their discussion also weaves in topics like the tension between filmmaking and political organizing, the activist aesthetic, the industry's reliance on relationship building, using narration, scripting and performative scenes in documentary, and more.

    The Directors Podcast (rebranded from The DGC Podcast)
    is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Aubrey Arnason and Katia Café-Fébrissy. 

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Chelsea McMullan, Brigitte Berman & Robert McCallum

    Chelsea McMullan, Brigitte Berman & Robert McCallum

    This episode features three directors who screened documentary features at TIFF 2023:


    Chelsea McMullan, Director of Swan Song


    Brigitte Berman, Director of Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got


    Robert McCallum, Director of Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe

    Guided by DGC Director Lisa Rideout, they discuss unique approaches to cataloguing footage for the editing room, whether or not to share documentary footage with a film's subjects, some of the challenges they've encountered throughout their careers, and more.

    • 51 min
    Koromousso, Big Sister with Co-Directors Habibata Ouarme & Jim Donovan

    Koromousso, Big Sister with Co-Directors Habibata Ouarme & Jim Donovan

    Koromousso, Big Sister is making its World Premiere at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto on March 9th as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Tickets can be purchased on HotDocs.ca. 

    On this episode Joy Loewen, CEO of the National Screen Institute, sits down with Directors Habibata Ouarme and Jim Donovan to discuss their forthcoming documentary Koromousso, Big Sister. The film centers on a group of African-Canadian women fighting to take back ownership of their bodies after being victimized by female genital mutilation. Ouarme weaves her own journey with those of her friends to explore the lifelong effects of FGM, the feelings of shame and loneliness they've endured and the path they walk toward individual and collective healing. 

    This discussion covers many fascinating topics related to the film including how they managed to capture footage in Burkina Faso, Ouarme's choice to put herself and her story on screen, the dynamic between a first-time filmmaker in Ouarme and an experienced director in Donovan and how they navigated documenting such sensitive and emotional subject matter. 

    • 56 min
    Black Ice & The Swimmers | Directors Hubert Davis & Sally El Hosaini

    Black Ice & The Swimmers | Directors Hubert Davis & Sally El Hosaini

    This episode features Hubert Davis, Director of Black Ice, and Sally El Hosaini, Director of The Swimmers, in conversation about their latest films, which both revolve around athletes and the weight they bear beyond competition itself. Black Ice pulls the history of anti-black racism in hockey to the surface and examines the struggle of Black athletes from pre-NHL to the present day, while The Swimmers dramatizes the true story of two sisters who flee war-torn Syria and make the perilous journey to Europe, with hope of competing in the Olympics. This conversation is moderated by filmmaker Charles Officer, Director of The Porter, Akilla's Escape and Unarmed Verses. 

    The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Katia Café-Fébrissy and Aubrey Arnason.

    This conversation was recorded live at a DGC Visionaries event in Toronto during TIFF 2022.

    • 59 min
    Playing Multiple Creative Roles at Once | DGC Visionaries Panel

    Playing Multiple Creative Roles at Once | DGC Visionaries Panel

    On this episode, filmmaker and DGC Ontario Director Rep Lisa Rose Snow leads a panel of four distinct directors whose latest films played at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival. The panel includes Sean Garrity, director of The End of Sex; Darlene Naponse, director of Stellar; Marie Clements, director of Bones of Crows and Lindsay MacKay, director of The Swearing Jar. Their conversation begins on the subject of juggling multiple creative roles at once before delving into a discussion about the luck, serendipity and magic required to get films made. 

    This conversation was recorded live at a DGC Visionaries event in Toronto during TIFF 2022.

    The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Katia Café-Fébrissy and Aubrey Arnason.

    • 41 min
    Rising Directors on the Fear of Feature Filmmaking | DGC Visionaries Panel

    Rising Directors on the Fear of Feature Filmmaking | DGC Visionaries Panel

    On this episode, Director Zach Lipovsky (Freaks, Kim Possible) is joined by a panel of five emerging filmmakers whose latest feature films played at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival. The panel includes Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, director of When Morning Comes; Sophie Jarvis, director of Until Branches Bend; Ashley McKenzie, director of Queens of the Qing Dynasty; Gail Maurice, director of Rosie; and Anthony Shim, director of Riceboy Sleeps and recipient of the 2022 Jean-Marc Vallée DGC Discovery Award. 

    Their discussion tackles the fear that comes with embarking on a large creative endeavor, as well as the writing process, tonal development and aesthetic choices that went into creating their films. 

    This conversation was recorded live at a DGC Visionaries event in Toronto during TIFF 2022. 

    The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Aubrey Arnason and Katia Café-Fébrissy.

    • 53 min

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