Starting February 4, Film Independent kicks off Directors Close-Up: Conversations on the Art of Filmmaking (formerly the Directors Series) every Wednesday at 7:30 pm at the Landmark Theater in West Los Angeles. Now entering its eighth year, this popular panel series continues until March 11, and will provide film lovers and aspiring filmmakers the chance to hear from some of the best indie directors and their collaborators. This year’s moderator, Mary Sweeney, is a longtime creative collaborator of David Lynch as well as a Film Independent Board Member. Featured panelists for this year include Catherine Hardwicke, former Film Independent Fellows Lance Hammer (Ballast) and Courtney Hunt (Frozen River), Jonathan Levine (The Wackness), Elliot Davis (cinematographer for Twilight, Lords of Dogtown), Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment, Passengers), Nancy Richardson (editor for Twilight, Lords of Dogtown) and Savage Grace screenwriter Howard Rodman. For more information on the series, including ticket prices and specific dates, click here.