"I was really struck by the subtlety of the way the film is constructed. What’s not seen and what’s left unspoken seem to be driving forces in the film, which in some ways makes it hard to talk about the work. The richness is in the depths of quiet moments that have lingered with me since I saw the film days ago." - Barbara Ann O'Leary from a Q+A on #DirectedbyWomen. Read the full piece.
Dennis Cahlo chat with Galia on acting, directing and creating original content.
In the 83rd episode of Picture Lock (WERA 96.7 FM). Picture Lock is an entertainment website, radio show, podcast, and hour long film review TV show.
"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.
Elise Sievert and Lesley Shannon have a conversation with Galia Barkol on writing and thinking in two languages, filmmaking as therapy and being in the army.
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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
FatChix Films interview Galia on creating independent film, and directing herself in her feature MIA.
"Barkol dares to ask tough questions about our existential nature: who are we, really, when we are stripped of others’ preconceived expectations of us and our own? How are we labeled by our chosen path, and how can we recover the true essence of our being independent of that course?" Click to read the full article.
Excerpts from an interview with Galia in a documentary for "True Artist" series by Brittany Buongiorno and Yunha Moh, discussing creating original content and sources of inspiration.
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"What’s interesting and subtle about Origami is that the model you see – as complex as it might be – is not the truth or the core of the object; it’s just one of many possible expressions of that piece of paper, just as being a dancer is of that woman. Particularly in Origami, you rarely cut or glue or manipulate the paper in any way – you take its basic features as a given and work with them. When it comes to people, it’s harder to respect that boundary." Click to read the full interview.
After retiring due to injury: "I'd known it was time to let go for years. I was just afraid to do it. Finally, my body made the choice for me. Dancing was never a prerequisite to freedom, it was just a tool. Sometimes I'd mistaken the tool for the thing itself...
...I was afraid to stop dancing, because I was afraid of not knowing how to cope with the ordinary aspects of life, with ordinary fears, with my insanity. I was afraid to ask, "Who am I?" and afraid of the silent answer."