Taylor Hackford, Directors Guild of America

November 30, 2010 · Posted in Speaker Bios 

Taylor Hackford
President, Directors Guild of America, and
Academy Award-winning Director

Taylor Hackford is serving his first term as President of the Directors Guild of America, which protects and extends the creative, working and economic rights of its more than 14,000 members in the U.S. and abroad as the entertainment industry’s premier labor organization.

Both a feature film and documentary director for 35 years, Taylor Hackford joined the DGA in 1974, and was elected to the Western Directors Council in 1996 and the National Board in 2002. He serves as Chair of the Western Directors Council.  In 2007, he was awarded the DGA’s Robert Aldrich Award for Outstanding Service to the Guild.

In addition to helming the iconic feature hits An Officer and a Gentleman, Against All Odds and the cult thriller Dolores Claiborne, Taylor Hackford has directed The Idolmaker, The Devil’s Advocate, White Nights, Everybody’s All-American, and Proof of Life. He developed and produced La Bamba, the most successful Latin-themed feature film in history.

His documentary work is equally as acclaimed with Chuck Berry: Hail!, Hail! Rock n’ Roll and the Oscar winning documentary When We Were Kings. Taylor Hackford began his career at KCET, the Public Television station in Los Angeles, working as a political journalist and at the same time pioneering uninterrupted Rock n’ Roll performances on American television, so it is no surprise that one of his most recent projects – 15 years in the making – was Ray, a dramatic film portrait of Ray Charles, starring Jamie Foxx. Ray was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. It also was nominated for DGA and Golden Globe Awards. The film garnered Jamie Foxx the Best Actor accolade for 2004.

Taylor’s film, Love Ranch, has just been released in theatres.  Currently, he is involved in pre-production on the feature film The Merchant of Shanghai, which he is set to direct in China.

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