Directors Close-Up Schedule

Description of weekly events for Directors Close-Up 2020

Each listed event will take place at The Landmark Theatre (10850 W Pico Blvd) and begin promptly at 7:30 pm. Each event will be followed by a hosted reception.

Directors Close-Up Series Passes are sold out.

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

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And now… here’s the official schedule for Directors Close-Up 2020. Don’t forget to check back often for event updates and newly added participants.

Schedule, content, speakers and moderators are subject to change at any time.


Hustlers: Creating the Visual Language of a Film

From stripper poles to scams and surrogate sisterhood, Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers proved that slick, kinetic crime dramas know no race or gender. For the opening session of DCU 2020, Scafaria and members of her creative team take us behind the scenes of her indie smash to explore their creative collaboration. We’ll get insight into the conversations and decisions that are needed to bring a director’s vision to the screen.

Lorene Scafaria (writer/director; Hustlers, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World)
Mitchell Travers (costume designer; Hustlers, Eighth Grade)

Moderated by John August (writer; Aladdin, Big Fish)


Marriage Story: Casting and Directing Actors

Winner of this year’s Robert Altman Award, Marriage Story is a searing portrait of a disintegrating relationship, made all the more affecting by focusing on the minute and quotidian. This week, writer/director Noah Baumbach gives us an insight into his casting process and how he works with an ensemble cast to bring his characters to life.

Noah Baumbach (writer/director; Marriage Story, Frances Ha)
Martha Kelly (actor; Marriage Story, Baskets)
Francine Maisler (casting director; Marriage Story, The Big Short)
and others.

Moderated by Jane Anderson (writer; The Wife, Oliver Kitteridge)


Thinking Inside the Box: Directing Television

If the 00s heralded a new Golden Age of Television, we’re now firmly in the midst of its Gilded Age. With provocative subject matter, creative freedom and innovative new approaches to storytelling, the influx of independent filmmakers into cable and streaming television has changed the landscape dramatically. This week’s session features independent directors who’ve carved out successful careers in television while still retaining their unique voices.

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, Empire)


The Spirit of Independents: A Directors Roundtable

At this year’s perennial DCU favorite, 2020 Spirit Award-nominated directors discuss their craft, their journeys as artists and the ways in which they have been able to balance their artistic integrity with making moves that resonate with audiences.

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre (cowriter/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)


Wendy: Breathing New Life into Pan

We conclude DCU 2020 with acclaimed filmmaker Benh Zeitlin, who gives us a peek inside his longtime musical partnership with composer Dan Romer, and how together they created the musical soundscape for a new Neverland.

Benh Zeitlin (writer/director; Wendy, Beasts of the Southern Wild)
Dan Romer (composer; Wendy, Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Moderated by Glenn Kiser (Senior Director, The Dolby Institute)