AN INTERVIEW WITH EWA BIELSKA, DIRECTOR, WRITER & PRODUCER OF "HER CALL"
Multi-Award Winner - July 2021 Edition
. Best Director Indie Short
. Best Producer
. Best Acting Debut
. Best First Time Filmmaker Short
DIRECTOR, CO-WRITER, ACTRESS & PRODUCER
Ewa Bielska is a Chicago-based producer, director, actress and artist. Ewa is dedicated to visual storytelling and creating change through communication and connection. She strives to create films and art that embrace new perspectives. Her stories are always looking into the dark corners of humanity and finding the light—addressing themes of justice, transformation, and healing.
Ewa compiled a number of screenwriting, producing, and directing credits as an independent artist. She won multiple awards and recognitions. Beyond just creation and production, she has led discussions and workshops at festivals, universities, conferences and community groups.
“As we make the choices that create the story of our life, the price of a fulfilled state of mind can come at great cost. Our choices lead to our feelings in the present, and possibility
of a more enriched existence in the future. I hope to take audiences on a journey that encompasses the totality of human experience and simulates the catharsis of achievement and human nature. Though we are bred to be weak, as we reach higher and cross the finish lines in our life, we find strength and enlightenment.” ~ Ewa Bielska
Hello Ewa Bielska, you wore multiple hats to bring HER CALL to light. Why did you decide to take on so much for a first film?
The main reason is that film is my passion, and I am a hard worker. Coming out with this story and being in charge as producer, director, actress, and the cast, gave me more expertise and knowledge. The second main reason was budget. I knew that I could efficiently multitask, so I could achieve good quality film with a tiny budget. Also, Covid restrictions limited the number of people allowed on set, so I came up with a solution to replace 4 or 5 people.
Mala is a complex character. Through her story, we are confronted with many layers of "the feminine" as a concept. How did you build this character?
Yes, Mala is a conflicted character. I wrote this character based on my personal experiences, childhood, and people who crossed my path. I always was passionate about human behaviors, psyche, and tats personalities came to life.
Along the same line: You have a co-Author. What can you tell us about the experience
Yes, Patrick Wimp helped with developing my story and easily converting my European language to American slang. Patrick is wise and open-minded, so we smoothly and quickly created a full feature film script.
How can you describe the experience of "directing yourself"? How did that impact your Actor's Direction with the rest of your cast?
Haha, that's the tough one! Yes, it is not easy to be a director and actress, but everything is possible! I think that the impact was primarily positive. My D.P. was amazing, we discussed multiple times what I needed to achieve, and were soon able to pull it off. We got so much blast shooting this film, and I love being in front of the camera or behind it equally.
As a businesswoman, what is your take on what seems to be a never ending multiplication of Indie Production companies? What are the outcomes and challenges in terms of distribution? In which way can it impact the way audiences choose the films they want
As a businesswoman, this gives much more room for the film to succeed and opens up the road for distribution. Shooting Indie always brings the challenge of budget and how many people you can afford to bring a great movie to life.
What are your company's core values that will determine how you pick the films you produce?
I focus on films with character-driven stories. The time, dedication, and quality standards we invested to make "Her Call" are the standards for future films we will produce.
What is the industry like in Chicago? Does it have its own identity and rules? Do you feel it's different from L.A., New York, or Atlanta (which seems to be the latest hub)? How so?
I love Chicago for the organic approach to film. It’s a pretty small community, where everyone helps everyone. Atlanta is a movie Mecca right now, with lots of T.V. series, etc., going on. I would say L.A., is going through a bit of tough time, but it’s coming to life again.