In this episode of Directing Magic; Sophia Kruz, director of the visually striking LITTLE STONES documentary, shares the story of women who use art to change the world, joins Marquette. The film features the journeys of Graffiti artist Panmela Castro, Indian dancer Sohini Chakraborty, Senegalese hip-hop star and activist Sister Fa, and American fashion designer Anna Taylor. They discuss Sophia’s technique for getting her documentary subjects to open up about their inner lives, how she chose them from around the world and her one regret in her film festival strategy for the documentary.
Sophia Kruz is an EMMY Award-winning documentary filmmaker and TEDx speaker. Her work has been broadcast nationally and screened at film festivals and museums around the world. Her most recent film, Little Stones, won Best Documentary at the Vail Film Festival, Best Foreign Documentary at the Female Eye Film Festival, and an Award of Excellence from Impact Docs.
Previously, Kruz produced Ride the Tiger, a nationally-broadcast PBS documentary about neuroscience and bipolar disorder. She also produced, directed, and edited the EMMY Award-winning film A Space For Music, A Seat For Everyone.
In 2015, Kruz co-founded Driftseed, a nonprofit which seeks to empower women and girls in the U.S. and around the world through the art of documentary storytelling. Kruz was the recipient of the 2015-2016 University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women Visiting Social Activist fellowship, and her documentary work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Womanity Foundation, and many others.