DCU at the Wallis: The Spirit of Independence


DCU at the Wallis: The Spirit of Independence

This year’s Directors Close-Up concludes with special evening featuring 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards Best Director and Best Feature nominees. They’ll discuss their films, their careers, and how they stay true to their personal, artistic visions in the commercial marketplace.

Ellie Foumbi (Our Father, the Devil)
Daniel Kwan (Everything Everywhere All at Once)
Sarah Polley (Women Talking)
Halina Reijn (Bodies Bodies Bodies)
Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

Moderated by Josh Welsh (President, Film Independent)

Attendees are invited to a celebratory reception after the conversation, on site at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Beverages provided by Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, FIJI Water and Jamshid Wine.


$35 for Film Independent Members and the general public.

For those who have a Directors Close-Up 2023 series pass, access to this event is included and you do not need to purchase a ticket.

Don’t have a series pass and want to experience everything the DCU has to offer? Passes are still available here.


Tickets may be purchased from the Wallis box office in person, over the phone, or online via the link below:

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Safety/Event Policies

Masks and full COVID vaccination are no longer required, but are strongly encouraged and recommended while indoors at the Wallis.

The Wallis’ health and safety protocols are subject to change at the venue’s sole discretion or in accordance with CDC, State of California, and Los Angeles County recommendations.

Availability window and registration capacity may vary; always register as early as possible. All ticket sales are final; no refunds or exchanges.

Attendees must follow all rules and guidelines as laid out by Film Independent and/or its partners. If a guest has been registered for an event by a Member, these policies shall apply to that guest. Violation of written policies and/or staff instructions may result in removal from the venue and/or suspension or termination of Membership/access to future events.

Event details and guest participation are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.


Film Independent is committed to hosting events that are accessible. For inquiries regarding accessibility, or to request an accommodation, please contact us at or 323 556 9305.

If you have already purchased your tickets but need assistance, please contact the Wallis Ticket Services at 310 746 4000 for personal assistance.


Parking is available in the underground garage (450 N. Crescent Dr.) with entrances on Crescent Dr. and S. Santa Monica Blvd.

$5 flat rate before 6:00 pm; $8 flat rate after 6:00 pm

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