making films: behind the scenes

Take another look behind the scenes in director Eva Michon's Making Films with Alma Har'el video: a look at the making of JellyWolf and the current state of play within the film industry through the eyes of female filmmakers championing diversity, and Alma Har'els Free The Bid initiative. 

Directed by the award-winning Los Angeles-based director Eva MichonMaking Films with Alma Har'el takes a look behind the scenes at the making of Alma Har'els JellyWolf, commissioned for The Fifth Sense, and a look at the film industry through the eyes of leading female filmmakers including directors Crystal Moselle, Lola Bessis, Janicza Bravo and Sundance Institute’s Tabitha JacksonFree The Bid, Alma's very own initiative that is tackling gender inequality within the film industry, is also featured and discussed.

Alma Ha'rel and Kiersey Clemmons on set for JellyWolf
Alma Ha'rel and Kiersey Clemmons on set for JellyWolf
Alma Har'el
Alma Har'el
Alma Har'el and Coconut the horse
Alma Har'el and Coconut the horse
Tabitha Jackson's office at Sundance Institute
Tabitha Jackson's office at Sundance Institute
I’m drawn to films that are asking the question, ‘Who are we and what are we doing here?’ and to film-makers who describe the world expressively and poetically, and imaginatively. I’m fascinated by how can we increase the kinds of films we’re watching, to enable and support film-makers to really push the boundaries and have a great cultural conversation about how we’re describing the world - Tabitha Jackson
Director Crystal Moselle
Director Crystal Moselle
The modern day filmmaker has access to make things so easily. I just want to do something and not depend on other people: nowadays you can just pick up the camera and do everything yourself. I get inspired by people, either crafting a story around them or taking their story and creating something from it - Crystal Moselle
Director Janicza Bravo at home
Director Janicza Bravo at home
I am interested in people who feel lonely, who feel isolated, who feel invisible, people who feel that there is no one that’s in their corner. I find those kinds of characters really sexy and interesting. I feel characters who are flawed are the most exciting to watch and to root for. Diversity is important too – it has to do with how you see the world. Do you want to be in a world that is only one kind of person? - Janicza Bravo
​Director Eva Michon and Cinematographer Ava Berkofsky at the Hollywood Cemetery
​Director Eva Michon and Cinematographer Ava Berkofsky at the Hollywood Cemetery
Director and Actress Lola Bessis
Director and Actress Lola Bessis
Agnes Varda is a real inspiration to me, she is at the same time strong and powerful and yet a sensitive woman. Her and her partner Jaques Demy were the perfect couple, even though they made very different films. People say his film and art were feminine, while her films were harder more political. I think it’s proof that we can’t be pigeonholed into only making ‘films for women’ or ‘films for men’ - Lola Bessis
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