Alfonso Cuaron and Alexander Payne at Film Independent's Directors Close-Up

The latest speakers for Directors Close-Up 2014 have been announced.

Leading independent directors will be on-hand for this intimate five-week series on the creative process and craft of filmmaking. Join us for an insightful look at the collaboration behind the scenes of some of the year's finest films. Passes are now available. 

February 11 - Alfonso Cuarón: The Force Behind Gravity
Whether embarking upon a journey through Mexican back roads in Y Tu Mamá También or into the infinite space of Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón has always pushed the limits of the medium. 
Reception to follow discussion.

February 19 - Writing and Directing

Explore the writing process and the writer/director collaboration with panelists Julie Delpy (Before Midnight, 2 Days in New York), Bob Nelson (Nebraska) and Scott Neustadter (The Spectacular Now). Moderated by John August (Frankenweenie, Big Fish). 
Reception hosted by Writers Guild of America, West

February 27 - The Independent Spirit: A Conversation with Alexander Payne
Join us as this 2014 Spirit Award nominee discusses his films, career and the ways in which he has been able to balance artistic integrity with the demands of the marketplace. Moderated by David Ansen (Los Angeles Film Festival).
Reception hosted by the Mississippi Film Office

March 5 - Casting and Directing Actors
Hear from different points of view on whatÂ’s behind a great performance as actor/director Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace) and actor Tom Bower discuss the ways in which they collaborate. Moderated by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen).
Reception hosted by Relativity Media

March 12 - Television: Directing Outside of the Lines
Ernest Dickerson (The Walking Dead, The Wire), Jeremy Podeswa (Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom) and Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight, United States of Tara) explore the creative process in television, the role of the director, and the possibilities and limitations of the medium. Moderated by Alan Poul (The Newsroom, Six Feet Under).

To purchase a series pass, and for more information, visit the Director's Close-Up webpage.