Directors Close-Up

The annual Directors Close-Up series features intimate, exclusive conversations on the art of directing.


Wednesdays, January 30 – February 27

Over the past decade, Film Independent’s Directors Close-Up has featured some of today’s most acclaimed and accomplished filmmakers discussing their craft in fascinating detail.

Directors Close-Up Series Passes are sold out.

A limited number of single night tickets will be made available the Thursday prior to each individual DCU event.

Film Independent Members receive significant discounts on DCU passes and single night tickets (when available).

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The annual ‘DCU’ consists of five unique events over the course of five weeks in January and February, with each night focusing on a different aspect of the craft of filmmaking. Each event concludes with a hosted reception giving attendees the opportunity to meet their peers and forge new relationships with like-minded people.

No other event drills down so thoroughly to give attendees an insight into the creative process. These are conversations with filmmakers, moderated by filmmakers, for filmmakers and film lovers.

This year’s series will feature incredible talent, including:

Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe)
Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade)
Debra Granik (Leave No Trace)
Nicole Holofcener (The Land of Steady Habits)
Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Tamara Jenkins (Private Life)
Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You)
Paul Schrader (First Reformed)
Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism)

View the full 2019 Directors Close-Up Schedule.