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The DGC Podcast

The DGC Podcast

By Directors Guild of Canada

The DGC Podcast is a platform for filmmakers to discuss their craft. Every episode features a conversation between film industry peers breaking down the method and process behind their work. Diverse topics provide a look behind the camera, advice for veteran and aspiring filmmakers, and an examination of the social and cultural elements intersecting the industry.

The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Aubrey Arnason and Katia Café-Fébrissy.
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Playing Multiple Creative Roles at Once | DGC Visionaries Panel
Playing Multiple Creative Roles at Once | DGC Visionaries Panel
On this episode, filmmaker and DGC Ontario Director Rep Lisa Rose Snow leads a panel of four distinct directors whose latest films played at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival. The panel includes Sean Garrity, director of The End of Sex; Darlene Naponse, director of Stellar; Marie Clements, director of Bones of Crows and Lindsay MacKay, director of The Swearing Jar. Their conversation begins on the subject of juggling multiple creative roles at once before delving into a discussion about the luck, serendipity and magic required to get films made.  This conversation was recorded live at a DGC Visionaries event in Toronto during TIFF 2022. The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Katia Café-Fébrissy and Aubrey Arnason.
41:55
November 28, 2022
Rising Directors on the Fear of Feature Filmmaking | DGC Visionaries Panel
Rising Directors on the Fear of Feature Filmmaking | DGC Visionaries Panel
On this episode, Director Zach Lipovsky (Freaks, Kim Possible) is joined by a panel of five emerging filmmakers whose latest feature films played at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival. The panel includes Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, director of When Morning Comes; Sophie Jarvis, director of Until Branches Bend; Ashley McKenzie, director of Queens of the Qing Dynasty; Gail Maurice, director of Rosie; and Anthony Shim, director of Riceboy Sleeps and recipient of the 2022 Jean-Marc Vallée DGC Discovery Award.  Their discussion tackles the fear that comes with embarking on a large creative endeavor, as well as the writing process, tonal development and aesthetic choices that went into creating their films.  This conversation was recorded live at a DGC Visionaries event in Toronto during TIFF 2022.  The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Aubrey Arnason and Katia Café-Fébrissy.
53:39
November 15, 2022
Knowing Your Rights as a Documentary Director
Knowing Your Rights as a Documentary Director
This episode features an in-depth industry discussion between DGC Director Tiffany Hsiung (Sing Me A Lullaby, The Apology) and Nathalie-Anne Brassard, the Directors Guild of Canada's National Film Board and Documentary Director Labour Representative. Their conversation focuses on the latest agreement between the DGC and the National Film Board, which enshrines new economic and creative rights at the NFB, while delving into specifics regarding the financial repercussions of production delays, how Directors can make sure they're properly credited for their work, how the DGC can assist in resolving creative and legal disputes, and much more.  This discussion was recorded live at a DGC Visionaries event in Toronto. The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Aubrey Arnason and Katia Café-Fébrissy. 
55:05
August 01, 2022
Category Woman, Fatima in Kabul, Unloved & Don't Come Searching | Documentary Director Panel
Category Woman, Fatima in Kabul, Unloved & Don't Come Searching | Documentary Director Panel
This episode features a panel of Documentary Directors whose films screened at the 2022 Hot Docs Festival. Phyllis Ellis, Director of Category Woman, Brishkay Ahmed, Director of Fatima in Kabul, Barri Cohen, Director of Unloved: Huronia's Forgotten Children and Andrew Moir, Director of Don't Come Searching are all guided in discussion by fellow filmmaker and Hot Docs Programmer, Aisha Jamal, as they delve into their stylistic and musical inspirations, the color palette of their films, the mechanics of dehumanization and how to research and interview subjects about traumatic events.  This discussion was recorded live at a DGC Visionaries event in Toronto. The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Katia Café-Fébrissy and Aubrey Arnason.
01:00:25
July 18, 2022
Fire of Love, Zero Position & Into The Weeds | Documentary Director Panel
Fire of Love, Zero Position & Into The Weeds | Documentary Director Panel
This episode features a panel of Documentary Directors whose films screened at the 2022 Hot Docs Festival. Jennifer Baichwal, Director of Into The Weeds, Louie Palu, Director of Zero Position and Sara Dosa, Director of Fire of Love are joined by renowned film critic Johanna Schneller to discuss the notion of a "balanced" documentary, the experience of creating films in dangerous locales, the ethics of filming human suffering and how far they're willing to go for their work.  This discussion was recorded live at a DGC Visionaries event in Toronto. The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Katia Café-Fébrissy and Aubrey Arnason.
01:06:30
July 04, 2022
Beautiful Scars, Framing Agnes & The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks | Documentary Director Panel
Beautiful Scars, Framing Agnes & The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks | Documentary Director Panel
This episode features a panel of Documentary Directors whose films screened at the 2022 Hot Docs Festival. Reg Harkema, Director of The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks, Chase Joynt, Director of Framing Agnes and Shane Belcourt, Director of Beautiful Scars come together to talk about how they navigated the complexities of their subjects, the nature of Documentary as a format, the need for specificity in storytelling and the effect their documentaries had on their own perspectives. This discussion was recorded live at a DGC Visionaries event in Toronto. The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Katia Café-Fébrissy and Aubrey Arnason.
50:56
June 20, 2022
Don't Argue With A Great Performance | Stefan Brogren
Don't Argue With A Great Performance | Stefan Brogren
On the second episode of the Talking To Actors series, DGC Director Aubrey Arnason sits down with DGC Director Stefan Brogren to talk about his transition from acting to directing, his early work on Degrassi webisodes, guiding first-time actors and why directors need to get their entire crew emotionally invested in every scene. The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Aubrey Arnason and Katia Café-Fébrissy.
41:52
June 06, 2022
Atom Egoyan | The Changing Role of Film Festivals
Atom Egoyan | The Changing Role of Film Festivals
Prolific DGC Director and Screenwriter Atom Egoyan sits down with Executive Director of the Canadian Film Institute, Tom McSorley, for an extensive conversation about the thematic underpinnings of his work while also covering his early obsession with home movies, choosing niche filmmaking over Hollywood, the changing role of Film Festivals and how film criticism has evolved alongside technology. The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Aubrey Arnason and Katia Café-Fébrissy. This conversation was originally recorded over Zoom in 2020. 
01:31:59
May 09, 2022
Meat The Future | Liz Marshall & the End of Factory Farming
Meat The Future | Liz Marshall & the End of Factory Farming
On Earth Day 2022, we bring you a conversation between two storied and impactful Directors, Shelley Saywell (Kim's Story, A Child's Century of War) and Liz Marshall (Water on the Table, The Ghosts in Our Machine). Their discussion focuses on Marshall's latest documentary Meat the Future, which chronicles the rising "cultivated meat" industry and the possibilities it presents for an end to factory farming and a sustainable climate future. In conversation with Saywell, Marshall covers the film's soundscape and use of drone cinematography, the legal challenges of filming industrial barns, the realities of making films about difficult and potentially traumatizing subject matter, and the importance of presenting animals properly on screen.  The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Aubrey Arnason and Katia Café-Fébrissy. This talk was originally recorded over Zoom in October 2020. 
56:56
April 22, 2022
Talking To Actors featuring Judith Weston
Talking To Actors featuring Judith Weston
On the first episode of the Talking To Actors series, DGC Director Aubrey Arnason sits down with famed Directing Coach Judith Weston to discuss the 25th Anniversary Edition of her bestselling book, Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television. Weston’s students include directors like Alejandro Iñárritu, Ava DuVernay and Taika Watiti, and on this episode she delves into the Director-Actor relationship, what Actors want from their Director, how to help Actors find the right emotions in a scene and much more. The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Aubrey Arnason and Katia Café-Fébrissy.
34:32
April 04, 2022
Questlove | Summer of Soul
Questlove | Summer of Soul
This episode features Odario Williams, of CBC Radio’s Afterdark and the Hip-Hop Collective Grand Analog, in conversation with Questlove about the musician’s BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary feature, Summer of Soul. The acclaimed film represents Questlove’s directorial debut and tells the story of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, a major cultural event that has lived in obscurity for half a century. Throughout this discussion, these two eclectic artists cover Philadelphia vernacular, Questlove's initial decision to pass on Summer of Soul, the significant footage left out of the final cut, tracking down living witnesses and the massive discoveries made about the festival's lineup.  The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Aubrey Arnason and Katia Café-Fébrissy.
01:19:48
March 21, 2022
Mina Shum | Directing Styles & Communicating with Actors
Mina Shum | Directing Styles & Communicating with Actors
On this episode, friends and colleagues Mina Shum (Double Happiness, Ninth Floor, Meditation Park) and Don McKellar (The Drowsy Chaperone, The Last Night, Through Black Spruce) sit down to discuss their perspectives on the craft of directing. From the debate around authoritative directing styles, to the fundamental idea of being a director, these two storied artists provide insight into questions about representation, communicating with actors, and adapting to a variety of storytelling formats. The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Katia Café-Fébrissy and Aubrey Arnason. This talk was originally recorded remotely in 2021.
01:31:13
March 07, 2022
Station 11 | Helen Shaver & Jeremy Podeswa
Station 11 | Helen Shaver & Jeremy Podeswa
Two of television's most prolific directors, Helen Shaver (Orphan Black, Vikings, Maid) and Jeremy Podeswa (Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale) come together to discuss their work on the recent HBO Max miniseries Station 11. A post-apocalyptic story set 20 years after a flu pandemic dismantled civilization, the show follows a group of traveling performers as they come into conflict with a violent cult. Shaver and Podeswa break down their directing approach in detail, discussing how to make a dystopic setting feel unique, filming and editing non-linear scenes, and the emotional experience of shooting a show about a pandemic, during a pandemic.  The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Aubrey Arnason and Katia Café-Fébrissy.
59:30
February 21, 2022
Jennifer Abbott | Climate Grief & The New Corporation
Jennifer Abbott | Climate Grief & The New Corporation
Award-winning DGC Director Jennifer Abbott discusses her two latest documentary features The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel and The Magnitude of All Things alongside filmmaker and climate activist Avi Lewis (This Changes Everything, The Take). Through the lens of Abbott's profound documentary work, these two filmmakers dissect the structure and challenges of essay films, while tackling topics like climate grief, the regulation of Big Tech, and the intertwining nature of capital, climate breakdown and the pandemic.  The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Katia Café-Fébrissy and Aubrey Arnason. This talk was originally recorded over Zoom in 2021. 
01:15:46
February 07, 2022
Stanley Nelson | Attica & the Illusion of Objectivity
Stanley Nelson | Attica & the Illusion of Objectivity
Acclaimed Director Stanley Nelson sits down with DGC Director Charles Officer (Unarmed Verses, The Skin We're In, Akilla's Escape) to discuss his latest documentary feature, Attica. The two delve into the craft of documentary filmmaking, covering the nuances surrounding point of view, the mechanics and challenges of interviewing subjects, the labor invested in archival footage, and the importance of keeping an audience entertained throughout. Their invaluable discussion offers incredible insight for filmmakers, storytellers, and anybody with an interest in documentaries. The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Katia Café-Fébrissy and Aubrey Arnason.
01:15:10
January 24, 2022
Helen Shaver | Happy Place & the Portrayal of Trauma
Helen Shaver | Happy Place & the Portrayal of Trauma
Helen Shaver is joined by Director Jeremy Podeswa (Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, The Pacific) to discuss her feature film, Happy Place. Adapted from Pamela Sinha’s stage play of the same name, the film portrays the experiences of a group of women at an in-patient care facility. Shaver speaks on the process of putting trauma on screen, preparing for heavy scenes with the film’s lead, Clark Backo, and her personal journey from actor to director. The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Aubrey Arnason and Katia Café-Fébrissy. This talk was recorded remotely in 2020.
01:07:31
January 10, 2022
Jeff Barnaby | Blood Quantum & the Depth of Genre Filmmaking
Jeff Barnaby | Blood Quantum & the Depth of Genre Filmmaking
Director Jeff Barnaby is joined by Jesse Wente, Executive Director of the Indigenous Screen Office, to discuss the 2020 release of his feature film Blood Quantum. Their in-depth conversation covers many topics, including the initial audience reactions to the film, the political history of Zombie movies, and the process of challenging typical representations of Indigenous peoples.  The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Katia Café-Fébrissy and Aubrey Arnason. This talk was recorded over Zoom in 2020. 
01:24:07
December 27, 2021
Scarborough | Directors Shasha Nakhai & Rich Williamson
Scarborough | Directors Shasha Nakhai & Rich Williamson
Co-Directors Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson sit down with film critic and Variety contributor Jennie Punter to discuss their debut feature, Scarborough. The film was adapted from Catherine Hernandez's novel of the same name and follows three children from a low-income neighborhood as they come together at an after-school reading program. The film held its premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, where it finished as the runner-up for the People's Choice Award. Nakhai and Williamson discuss the years-long journey to finishing the film, how they learned and adapted to working with child actors, the challenges of transitioning from documentary filmmaking and what it was like working with each other as Co-Directors.   The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Katia Café-Fébrissy and Aubrey Arnason.
35:38
December 13, 2021
Jeffrey St. Jules | Sleep, Short Films & Surrealist Storytelling
Jeffrey St. Jules | Sleep, Short Films & Surrealist Storytelling
DGC Director and screenwriter Jeffrey St. Jules discusses his distinguished filmography with visual artist and fellow DGC Director Randall Okita (See For Me, The Lockpicker). Okita guides their discussion from St. Jules’ early surrealist short film, The Tragic Story of Nling, through to his latest psychological thriller, Cinema of Sleep. Together they explore the ever-evolving approach to filmmaking that has led St. Jules to become one of Canada’s most distinct storytellers. Time Stamps 00:00:13 – Introductions 00:01:55 – Does St. Jules dream? 00:04:58 – Childhood storytelling and imagination 00:08:15 – Growing up in rural Nova Scotia 00:13:50 – The Tragic Story of Nling 00:21:33 – Let the Daylight Into The Swamp 00:30:49 – How fatherhood impacted St. Jules’ filmmaking 00:33:11 – Bang Bang Baby 00:36:25 – Cinema of Sleep 00:55:39 – St. Jules’ shooting process 00:58:57 – Are film sets a war zone? 01:00:22 – The creative value of naïveté 01:04:00 – St. Jules’ writing routine 01:12:17 – Closing thoughts The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Katia Café-Fébrissy and Aubrey Arnason.
01:15:19
November 29, 2021
Kari Skogland & Kevin Feige | Creating The Falcon and The Winter Solider
Kari Skogland & Kevin Feige | Creating The Falcon and The Winter Solider
DGC Director Kari Skogland and President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige come together at the 2021 Banff World Media Festival to discuss the making of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and the process of translating the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the TV screen. Moderated by Kelley Carter of ESPN's The Undefeated.  Time Stamps:  00:00:00 - Introductions 00:02:44 - Expanding the MCU into television 00:04:18 - Kari's pitch for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier 00:07:37 - Shooting Falcon to be "screen-agnostic" 00:09:24 - The impact of streaming platforms on storytelling 00:10:57 - The creative process behind Sam Wilson's climactic speech 00:13:50 - What Marvel looks for in creatives 00:15:49 - Kari's use of video in her initial pitch meeting 00:18:54 - The lessons Marvel has taken from Falcon 00:20:23 - Introducing Isaiah Bradley to the MCU 00:22:54 - How many projects does Marvel work on simultaneously?  00:23:52 - Advice for up-and-coming filmmakers 00:26:11 - Staying true to the spirit of source material 00:31:30 - Marvel's working environment 00:33:44 - Kevin's book recommendations 00:38:40 - How Falcon, WandaVision and Loki will feed into Phase 4 of the MCU 00:42:45 - Final Thoughts The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Katia Café-Fébrissy and Aubrey Arnason.
46:58
November 15, 2021
Deborah Chow | 2021 DGC Visionary Award
Deborah Chow | 2021 DGC Visionary Award
Every year at the St. John’s International Women's Film Festival (SJIWFF), the Directors Guild of Canada presents a Director with the DGC Visionary Award. This episode features The Globe and Mail's Johanna Schneller presenting this year's award to DGC Ontario Director Deborah Chow, whose illustrious career has led her from working on shows like Mr. Robot, American Gods and The Mandalorian, to directing all six episodes of the upcoming Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi. Hear Chow accept the award and speak to Schneller about her path to becoming a Director and the skills she places at the core of the profession.  The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Katia Café-Fébrissy and Aubrey Arnason.
15:34
November 01, 2021
Danis Goulet | Night Raiders & the Possibilities of Indigenous Futurism
Danis Goulet | Night Raiders & the Possibilities of Indigenous Futurism
Director Danis Goulet and Indigenous Screen Office Co-Executive Director Kerry Swanson discuss Goulet's acclaimed feature, Night Raiders. Set in a dystopic North American future, the film follows a Cree mother as she attempts to rescue her daughter from a state-run education camp. After premiering at the Berlin Film Festival and showing at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, Night Raiders is set to headline the upcoming imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Goulet and Swanson discuss the initial creative drive behind the film as well as: The freedom of genre filmmaking The possibilities of Indigenous Futurism Intense studio resistance to using Cree language on screen Goulet's perspective on the 'Warrior Woman' archetype Implementing Indigenous cultural practices on set and more... The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Katia Café-Fébrissy and Aubrey Arnason.
01:16:25
October 18, 2021
Bretten Hannam | Directing Wildhood & Working with Cinematographer Guy Godfree
Bretten Hannam | Directing Wildhood & Working with Cinematographer Guy Godfree
Director Bretten Hannam (Wildfire, North Mountain) discusses their feature film Wildhood with Director Shane Belcourt (Red Rover, Tkaronto). Wildhood tells the story of two-spirit Mi'kmaw teenager Link as he flees an abusive home and attempts to rediscover his heritage. The acclaimed film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and opened the 2021 FIN Atlantic International Film Festival. Hannam and Belcourt delve into the making of the feature and discuss:  Hannam's casting process for the young leads Hannam's experience working with prolific Canadian Cinematographer Guy Godfree Shooting and dubbing the film in the Mi'kmaq language The striking challenge of directing elders on set The Director-Assistant Director relationship The process of editing Wildhood remotely and more... The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Katia Café-Fébrissy and Aubrey Arnason.
01:11:39
October 04, 2021
Sarah Polley | The Adaptation Process & Changing Expectations for Directors
Sarah Polley | The Adaptation Process & Changing Expectations for Directors
Director Sarah Polley (Take This Waltz, Stories We Tell, Alias Grace) speaks with Director Thom Fitzgerald (Cloudburst, Forgive Me, Cam Boy) about the process of adapting literature to the screen, while touching upon: the cultural norms of pitch meetings  the vulnerability of original screenplays  the best on-set advice Sarah's received  changing behavioral expectations for directors  Sarah's perspective on rehearsing scenes  the pros and cons of crew bonding exercises the importance of post-production sound design and more... This talk was recorded over Zoom during the first half of 2020.  The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Aubrey Arnason and Katia Café-Fébrissy.
01:31:42
September 20, 2021
Michael McGowan | TIFF 2021: All My Puny Sorrows
Michael McGowan | TIFF 2021: All My Puny Sorrows
Director Michael McGowan discusses his latest feature, All My Puny Sorrows, with The Globe and Mail's Johanna Schneller. Adapted from the Miriam Toews novel of the same name, All My Puny Sorrows tells the story of a renowned pianist battling suicidal urges and the sister trying to keep her alive. McGowan's moving film was selected to make its premiere at TIFF 2021.  The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Aubrey Arnason and Katia Café-Fébrissy.
01:14:01
September 06, 2021
John Fawcett | Orphan Black & the Director-Actor relationship
John Fawcett | Orphan Black & the Director-Actor relationship
Orphan Black Co-Creator and Director John Fawcett (Ginger Snaps, The Dark, The Man in the High Castle) and acclaimed actor Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black, Perry Mason, She-Hulk) discuss their experience working together on the award-winning sci-fi series. The duo get deep into the dynamics of the Director-Actor relationship and cover: Dealing with imposter syndrome Overcoming social anxiety as a Director Creating an on-set persona Overpreparing for a shoot John's attraction to small, intimate projects Tatiana's experience with one-off Directors and guest actors Conquering a fear of mistakes  John's approach to rehearsing scenes Earning an actor's trust This talk was recorded over Zoom in 2020.  The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Aubrey Arnason and Katia Café-Fébrissy.
01:34:50
August 23, 2021
Clement Virgo | Directing The Wire, juggling authenticity with cultural sensitivity and the challenges of episodic TV
Clement Virgo | Directing The Wire, juggling authenticity with cultural sensitivity and the challenges of episodic TV
Director Clement Virgo (Greenleaf, Book of Negroes, The Wire) and TIFF Co-Head Cameron Bailey discuss a wealth of topics, starting from Virgo's early work on a famous episode of The Wire and ranging out to:  Getting gigs as a TV Director The power of shooting a scene in a single take Pitching TV projects to networks Learning from Hitchcock Juggling authenticity with cultural sensitivity The handling of diversity in America and Canada Getting your film into TIFF Virgo's writing process Prepping for a film shoot Dealing with difficult crew members This talk was recorded remotely in the first half of 2020.  The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Katia Café-Fébrissy and Aubrey Arnason.
01:24:28
July 26, 2021
TIME with Director Garrett Bradley & Lydia Ogwang
TIME with Director Garrett Bradley & Lydia Ogwang
Director Garrett Bradley discusses her Oscar-nominated documentary, TIME, with TIFF Programmer Lydia Ogwang. Their discussion covers the intergenerational effects of incarceration, the invisibility of the prison-industrial complex, images as evidence, the political significance of the Black Family Archive & building trust with documentary subjects.  The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Katia Café-Fébrissy and Aubrey Arnason.
49:52
July 12, 2021
Someone Like Me with Directors Steve J. Adams & Sean Horlor
Someone Like Me with Directors Steve J. Adams & Sean Horlor
Directors Steve J. Adams and Sean Horlor talk to filmmaker Tiffany Hsiung (Sing Me A Lullaby, The Apology) about the duo's latest documentary, Someone Like Me. The film centers on Drake, a gay Ugandan asylum seeker, as he resettles in Canada and the group of queer volunteers tasked with supporting him. This conversation intertwines personal and professional topics, such as developing and directing as a couple, building relationships with the documentary's subjects, filming during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and big takeaways about Canada's refugee program.  The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Katia Café-Fébrissy and Aubrey Arnason. 
01:03:03
June 28, 2021
Wuhan Wuhan with Director Yung Chang & Steve James
Wuhan Wuhan with Director Yung Chang & Steve James
Director Yung Chang sits down for an in-depth conversation about his newest documentary, Wuhan Wuhan, with fellow documentary filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, City So Real). Chang goes over a variety of topics including his unique experience directing the film, the process of getting footage out of China, learning not to force a narrative structure in the editing room, the therapeutic effect of the camera on a documentary's subjects and his personal impetus for entering the film industry. The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Aubrey Arnason and Katia Café-Fébrissy.
01:01:37
June 14, 2021
Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy with Director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers & Shane Belcourt
Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy with Director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers & Shane Belcourt
Director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers discusses her newest documentary, Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy, with fellow filmmaker Shane Belcourt (Red Rover, Tkaronto). The documentary provides an intimate look at the effects of the opioid crisis on the Kanai First Nation, chronicling the mission of community members, first responders and medical professionals to confront the crisis with innovative harm reduction techniques. In this extensive conversation, the two directors talk about the problems with abstinence treatment models, the meaning and philosophy of Kímmapiiyipitssini, Tailfeathers' immersive four-year filmmaking process, her difficulty staffing a fully Indigenous crew and the challenge of bringing in outsiders to film an Indigenous community.  The DGC Podcast is produced by the Directors Guild of Canada National Directors Division and hosted by filmmakers Aubrey Arnason and Katia Café-Fébrissy.
58:38
June 10, 2021