Honey Boy, Bombay Beach
ALMA HAR’EL is a film and music video director, best known for her documentaries LoveTrue and Bombay Beach, the latter of which was awarded the top prize at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award, and has been taught in Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab and Film Center as a “genre-redefining work.”
With her first scripted film Honey Boy, written by and starring Shia LaBeouf alongside Lucas Hedges, FKA Twigs and Noah Jupe, Har’el further cements herself as one of the most genre-bending filmmakers today, continuing to push the boundaries of documentary and narrative.
Honey Boy premiered in the dramatic competition at Sundance 2019, where Har’el won the Special Jury Award for Vision and Craft. The film was picked up by Amazon Studios and will be released in theaters on November 8, 2019.
Har’el is also a DGA Award-nominated commercial director. She has garnered countless accolades for her work on campaigns for AirBnB, Coca-Cola, Chanel, and P&G; the latter earning her a 2018 DGA Award nomination for the Winter Olympics commercial “Love Over Bias.”
In addition to her versatile success as a filmmaker, Har’el founded the non-profit Free the Bid, which advocates for inclusiveness in the commercial world with measurable results. This, along with her directing work, landed her in Fast Company’s “Most Creative People of 2018” and Adweek’s “Disruptors of 2018.”