Discipline: Film/Video

Sheila M. Sofian

Discipline: Film/Video
Region: Los Angeles, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 1995

Sheila M. Sofian creates films that investigate social issues utilizing a unique hybrid of animation and documentary. Sofian has produced seven award-winning independent animated films, including Truth Has Fallen, a feature-length animated/live action documentary about people wrongfully convicted of murder and flaws in the United States legal system. Sofian has received grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Rockefeller Media Arts Award, the Roy W. Dean Film Grant, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Women in Film Foundation, and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts. Sofian’s films have exhibited internationally, including MoMA, Annecy Animation Festival, Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Zagreb Animation Festival, and CaixaForum in Barcelona, Spain. Sofian is currently full professor at the University of Southern California.


New Hampshire

Sheila M. Sofian worked in the New Hampshire studio.

New Hampshire Studio, originally named Peterborough Studio, was given to MacDowell by Mr. and Mrs. William Schofield, Mrs. H. A. Chamberlain, Mrs. Andrew Draper, and Miss Ruth Cheney. The studio was renamed in 1943. The Gilbert Verney Foundation established an endowed maintenance fund in 1990, and a bequest in memory of MacDowell Fellow Victor Candell underwrote the…

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