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[UPDATED 4/7/20]

SAGindie is once again sponsoring Film Independent’s annual DIRECTORS CLOSE-UP series, taking place January 15 – February 12, 2020 in Los Angeles. Every year, DCU brings together the creative folks behind some of the past year’s most memorable movies to share behind-the-scenes stories, motivation, and knowledge. Series passes are sold out, but keep an eye on the schedule for Single Night Tickets!

Check out the schedule, video, and highlights below.



Week 1 – January 15 – Hustlers: Creating the Visual Language of a Film


  • Lorene Scafaria (writer/director, Hustlers)
  • Mitchell Travers (costume designer, Hustlers)
  • Moderated by John August (writer, Aladdin)


Week 2 – January 22 – Marriage Story: Casting and Directing Actors


  • Noah Baumbach (writer/director, Marriage Story)
  • Martha Kelly (actor, Marriage Story)
  • Francine Maisler (casting director, Marriage Story)
  • Moderated by Jane Anderson (writer, The Wife)


Week 3 – January 29 – Thinking Inside the Box: Directing Television


  • Kyle Patrick Alvarez (director, Homecoming, Tales of the City)
  • Silas Howard (director, Pose, Transparent)
  • Marvin Lemus (creator, Gentefied)
  • Lynn Shelton (director, Dickinson, GLOW)
  • Moderated by Wendy Calhoun (producer/writer, Prodigal Son)


Week 4 – February 5 – The Spirit of Independents: A Directors Roundtable


  • Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre (co-writer/director, The Mustang)
  • Alma Har’el (director, Honey Boy)
  • Lorene Scafaria (writer/director, Hustlers)
  • Lulu Wang (writer/director, The Farewell)
  • Olivia Wilde (director, Booksmart)
  • Moderated by Josh Welsh (President, Film Independent)


Week 5 – February 12 – Wendy: Breathing New Life into Pan


  • Benh Zeitlin (writer/director, Wendy)
  • Dan Romer (composer, Wendy)
  • Moderated by Glenn Kiser (Senior Director, The Dolby Institute)

Film Independent Directors Close-Up 2020 is sponsored by SAGindie, Directors Guild of America, and Landmark Theatres.


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