Walker Art Center

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About the Program

The Walker Art Center’s Dialogue and Film Retrospective program brings together some of the most innovative and influential filmmakers of our time with leading critics, writers, and historians. The series, launched with support from the MacArthur Foundation (1990–1993) and funded by the Regis Foundation since 1994, provides an intimate space for directors and actors to discuss their creative process, influences, and body of work. Punctuated with film clips, anecdotes, and personal insights, these conversations take place in the recently renovated 340-seat Walker Cinema. Prior to the dialogue, audiences are treated to a retrospective of the filmmaker’s work, which often includes screening of rare and archival prints.

Since the inaugural conversation between Clint Eastwood and Richard Schickel in 1990, the series has hosted more than 60 guests, including international directors, American masters, independent visionaries, artists, auteurs, and leading screen actors in discussion with writers and critics who help shape the way we think about contemporary film.

Gus Van Sant in dialogue with Scott Macaulay, 2003