I'm a bit of an interview junkie - if it's with a filmmaker that I admire, I'll probably watch it. As an aspiring film director myself, hearing the thought processes of other directors is always helpful. Here are 10 interviews and press conferences that I enjoy and have taken some knowledge from to apply to my own work.
1. Abbas Kiarostami - Masterclass Q&A session at the 2010 Estoril Film Festival for his film Certified Copy as well as the current path of his filmmaking career.
2. Pedro Almodóvar - Forum at the NYFF '11 concerning his film The Skin I Live In.
3. Nicolas Winding Refn - DP/30 interview with Refn on the topic of the entire production of his 2011 film Drive.
4. Jean-Luc Godard - The Dick Cavett Show in 1980 in which Cavett discusses cinema with Godard and discusses his (then) new film Every Man For Himself.
Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93HCeGy6vzk
Part 2 Sadly, part 2 was removed by the owner.
Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAsUE1qNgMs
Part 4,5,6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBFRZ-PLL-s
5. Martin Scorsese - An interview from 1993 on The Charlie Rose Show with Rose and Scorsese discussing Fellini's influence on Scorsese's work and cinema in general.
Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SNpgW0PWrM
Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pIpd72ix_E
6. Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach - A 90 minute discussion between Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach at the New York Public Library (NYPL) in 2009 in promotion of their film Fantastic Mr. Fox [the conversation begins at the 2:30 mark].
7. John Cassavetes (and company) - A brief conversation about his film Opening Night (1978) that gradually escalates into an indictment of the modern TV era and the landscape of the American movie-going world. It's wonderful to see Cassavete's passion for his own unique work and praise for his cast members/actors.
8. Whit Stillman - An intensive interview conducted by The Seventh Art in 2012 with Whit Stillman as they go through his filmography and discuss the origins of his work. [For more of their interviews with filmmakers, you can check out The Seventh Art at: http://www.theseventhart.org/main/]
9. The Coen Brothers and Noah Baumbach - This is a pretty cool interview conducted by Noah Baumbach with The Coen Brothers at a Film Society . It's nice to hear a filmmaker interview another filmmaker(s).
10. Lars von Trier - This interview concerns the formation of Lars von Trier's Europe Trilogy (The Element of Crime, Epidemic, and Europa). [Be sure to turn on the English subtitles on Youtube for this interview (as it is in Danish) by selecting the "cc" button.]
Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVUnZjnqzvg
Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt61P-xyQeI
Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSC60PuF-14