|Alma Har’el Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6 in|
|Date of Birth||July 2, 1976|
Alma Har’el is an Israeli music video director and film director who is best known for her direction of the 2019 drama film Honey Boy, her feature film directorial debut, for which she won a Directors’ Guild of America Award in the ‘First-Time Feature Film’ category. She was the first female director to have achieved the feat. Renowned for her surreal style of filmmaking that blurs the lines between documentary and fiction, she had won the ‘Best World Documentary’ award at the Tribeca International Film Festival for her 2011 film Bombay Beach. She had also won the ‘Best Documentary’ award at the 2016 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for her direction of LoveTrue. In July 2011, she had been included in Filmmaker magazine’s list of ’25 New Faces of Cinema’.
Tel Aviv-Yafo, Gush Dan, Israel
Sleepy Hollow, Chino Hills, San Bernardino County, California, United States
Music Video Director, Film Director
- Siblings – She has 2 siblings.
She is represented by –
- William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME), Booking Agency (Film & TV), Los Angeles, California, United States
- Epoch Films, Booking Agency (US Commercials), Los Angeles, California, United States
- Lief, Booking Agency (UK and Europe Commercials), London, England, United Kingdom
5 ft 6 in or 167.5 cm
58 kg or 128 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Alma has dated –
- Boaz Yakin (2004–2012) – Alma had married Israeli-American screenwriter, film director, and producer Boaz Yakin in 2004. The couple had parted ways in 2012.
- Byron Bowers (2016-Present)
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
- Petite frame
- Curly, frizzy, shoulder-length hair
- Affable smile
- Radiant face
Alma Har’el Facts
- She had started her career as a photographer and a VJ at live music concerts. She often credits this experience as a turning point in her career as she had never attended a film school and live VJing was a learning avenue of sorts.
- A music video that she had directed, for the 2009 song titled Elephant Gun, had been placed at number 30 in Paste Magazine’s list of the ‘Top 50 Videos of the Decade’.
- She holds the record for being the first female director in the history of the DGA (Directors’ Guild of America) Awards to have been nominated for both commercial directing (2018) and narrative directing (2020).
- Between 2014 and 2016, she had served as the ‘Global Creative Director’ at RYOT, an American immersive media company that specializes in virtual and augmented reality.
- In 2016, she had founded Free The Bid, a non-profit organization that advocates for greater hiring of female directors in the advertising industry. In its early days, it had called on ad agencies around the world to include at least one female director each time they triple-bid a commercial production. The organization had even urged such agencies to include diversity in some other form in case they could not find female candidates suitable for the job.
- Her initiative was positively received by several major ad agencies around the world and in November 2016, she had been honored with the ‘Female 3 Cheers Award’ at the annual 3% Movement Conference, an organization aiming to expand the number of creative directors beyond 3%.
Featured Image by Alma Har’el / Instagram