The Creative Chronicle: MIA, a Feature Film About an Immigrant Woman

"I create and perform because making an authentic connection in real life is really hard, and it gets harder as years go by. Art softens us. That's it's power, and that's what draws me to it as a consumer and creator." 
- excerpt from this week's What You're Working On piece featuring Galia Barkol, actor and director who's working on her feature film "MIA". I for one can totally relate to Galia's words - art does soften us. It brings us closer together, and forces us to connect. It's something that's fundamentally human - everyone can think of a time when they were impacted by art. - Lindsay Straube, The Creative Chronicle. Read here.

Highlights from Talks with MIA's Cast & Crew

I can honestly say it was one of the best working environments that I've experienced. The amount of freedom, the amount of talent, the power of the script, have each been such a blessing. I was truly sorry when the shooting wrapped. Many thanks to Galia and her vision.

Nate Washburn, playing Justin

I loved working on this film. I think the best part of working on this production was how close-knit the crew and cast became. It was such an incredibly fast-paced shoot that no one really had time to overthink. It was great seeing each department intermingling and helping each other out. There is a lot of pressure on director/performers to get the shot and get moving, and the pressures were handled with grace. 

Julia Trinidad, 1st Assistant Director

Working with Galia on MIA felt like playing drums for Bob Dylan: exacting, improvised, and partly in Hebrew.

Lucas Rainey, playing Barista

I loved my time on the set of MIA. The cast and crew were exceptional. I had so much fun acting with Galia in our scenes, it was hard to keep a straight face! Her acting and direction made it easy to infuse the character with my clowning. 

Nina Levine, playing Mean Nightshift Lady

It was a very nourishing experience to get involved with MIA. I learned origami from my grandmother early on.  Origami evolved over hundreds of years, and it could be a wonderful form of meditation. I believe the origami scene matched the modern NY setting well in a sense that we all could find peace within, even in our fast-paced age.

Michi Kanno, playing Origami Instructor

I personally relate to my role very much as I have lived in many places and understand the struggle of communicating in a different context and language. 

Wanning Jen, playing Hesitant Origami Student

The challenges and responsibilities that came with working on a small independent film like MIA are also what made working on it such a rewarding project. I feel extremely grateful to have worked with such incredible and hard-working cast and crew.

Keith Michael Miller, Production Manager

It was the best way to spend a day on set. I was nervous to juggle under the time pressures you find on a shoot, but as soon as I arrived, that went away. Everyone was laid back, professional, and I was honestly disappointed when my shots ended. I mean, not too disappointed, my arms were exhausted, but... What I'm saying is, it was great!  

Kevin Percival, playing Juggler

The crew’s hard work and preparation were very much evident because the mood of the set and the work just flowed so smoothly. I really liked the locations and décor as well. What a privilege!

Daniel Danielson, playing Talent Agent

Working on MIA, from the audition to the callback to the shoot, was a great experience. I wanted the opportunity to become the character and to portray her feeling of wanting to belong and to connect.  Working with Galia, cast and crew was memorable for me.

Brenda Crawley, playing Friendly Nightshift Lady