The Whole World – Director Jason Lehelís ‘Gaia’ is a cinematic high-wire act

Jason Lehel, right, discusses a scene with actor Michael C. Pierce, left, on set filming Gaia.

Jason Lehel, right, discusses a scene with actor Michael C. Pierce, left, on set filming Gaia.

How does one prepare to shoot a film with one trusting lead actress, a crew working for free, nothing but improvisation, a budget of $28,000 and no script to speak of, except a general idea of plot and location?

For Jason Lehel, director of “Gaia,” you work for 30 years.

“It took me all my experience and all my career to get to a place where I could create a film in such an extraordinary way,” he says.

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