For its diamond anniversary, the Directors Guild of America will commemorate 75 years with a year of revels beginning with its awards banquet Saturday in Hollywood.
“We’ve got quite a lot to celebrate, and so we’re going to take the whole year to do it,” says anniversary event chair and past DGA president Michael Apted. “Since the DGA Awards celebrate the year’s outstanding directorial achievements in film and television, we thought it would be the right time and right place to launch our celebration.”
The year is themed “Game Changers,” and will center around honoring those directors of film and television who have impacted and influenced a large span of filmmakers that followed.
DGA Award winners Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, John Rich, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, this year’s award show co-chairs, will make special presentations at the DGA Awards. These will highlight historic milestones, including the founding of the guild, studio recognition and the first contract, the resolution and creation of the membership loyalty oath, the merger with the Radio and Television Directors Guild, establishing the director’s cut and the fight for creative rights, which the DGA today negotiates directly with the heads of the companies.
Some of the DGA Awards events include the premiere of a short titled “Director’s Cut” by Chuck Workman that will mark 75 years of directing history through the compilation of hundreds of clips. Workman also created the 50th-anniversary commemorative short “Precious Images,” which won an Academy Award for best live-action short in 1987 and was inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2009.
There will also be events to honor the work of directors in TV drama, TV comedy, documentaries, news and sports, along with print and online salutes.
A headline-grabber tied into the anniversary celebration will take place on Feb. 19 at DGA headquarters when George Lucas and Christopher Nolan discuss “Star Wars.” The New York kickoff will feature Scorsese discussing “Mean Streets.”