It takes time to hone and develop a director’s relationship with actors. It requires a sense of trust, an ability to make decisions quickly, and improvise when necessary.

On May 3, 2022, The Gotham’s Expanding Communities program – in partnership with SAGindie and Black Film Space – hosted a conversation with filmmakers to discuss their process on set and how they get the best performances out of their actors. Attendees were treated to insight on how best to manage their relationships with actors and what skills are needed to walk away with the best film project.

You can now watch the full panel video below!


Expanding Communities: Directing with Trust – Working with Actors


  • Mariama Diallo (writer/director, Master)
  • Carey Williams (director, Emergency)
  • Moderated by SAGindie Executive Director Darrien Michele Gipson


About Expanding Communities

Expanding Communities, a program of The Gotham Film and Media Institute, is dedicated to providing resources, a community space, and industry access to individuals with Disabilities and Black, Indigenous, PoC, and LGBTQIA+ creators across film, TV, and audio industries. Through partnerships with organizations aligned with uplifting underrepresented voices, the program acts as a platform for both creators and organizations to reach new audiences, develop networks of potential collaborators, and access career advancement resources and opportunities within the media and entertainment industry.


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