The power of the film director to make the film that he or she wants in the manner and style intended is a matter of utmost concern to almost every independent. Indeed, autonomy and creative vision are the central issues that provoke directors to seek alternative means to produce their work. Director Jeremy Kagan will moderate this illustrious panel of directors as they tackle the problems filmmakers face in bringing to the screen works that embody their personal vision and passion. Issues ranging from final cut to budget, the search for creative material to film, problems of studio interference and contractual power, and the way to deal with writers, actors, production designers and composers to make the film you want will be analyzed and presented. This panel is sponsored by and produced with the Directors Guild of America.