Sophia Kruzis an EMMY® Award-winning documentary producer, director and TEDx speaker.
Her debut feature documentary, LITTLE STONES(2018), unites the stories of four women from around the world who are using art to create social change. It was screened at over 100 venues globally, including at the United Nations and United States Congress. It is now available to stream on Amazon Prime.
Kruz story produced episodes of the Netflix documentary series THE CONFESSION TAPES (2019) and EXHIBIT A (2019). Both shows focus on issues in the criminal justice system: false confessions and faulty forensic evidence. Previously, Kruz produced RIDE THE TIGER (2015), a nationally broadcast PBS documentary about neuroscience and bipolar disorder. At the age of 23, she produced, directed, and edited the EMMY® Award-winning film A SPACE FOR MUSIC (2013). In 2015, Kruz co-founded Driftseed, a nonprofit which seeks to empower women and girls through film. Kruz was the recipient of the 2015-2016 University of Michigan CEW Visiting Social Activist fellowship, and was awarded the 2018 Susan B. Anthony Community Award for her service and leadership in the promotion of equal rights for women.
She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Screen Arts & Cultures program (B.A. 2011). Go blue!
Film + TV Credits
LITTLE STONES Driftseed / Gravitas Ventures, 2018 Director + Producer THE CONFESSION TAPES Netflix / A24, 2019 Story + Field Producer
EXHIBIT A Netflix / A24, 2019 Story + Field Producer
PBS NEWSHOUR PBS, 2014 - 2015 Producer + Special Correspondent
BEYOND THE LIGHT SWITCH 3 PBS, 2014 Producer
RED METAL: The Copper Country Strike of 1913 PBS, 2013 Post-producer
PERFECTION Youtube / All3 Media, 2020 Story Producer TRAFFICKED WITH MARIANA VAN ZELLER National Geographic / Muck Media, 2020 Story Producer RIDE THE TIGER PBS, 2015 Producer + Additional Writing
UNREST PBS + Netflix, 2017 Associate Producer Shortlisted for Academy Award
A SPACE FOR MUSIC, A SEAT FOR EVERYONE PBS, 2013 Director, Producer + Editor Michigan Emmy® Award for Best Historical Documentary
TIME DANCES ON 2011 – Director, Producer + Editor
Select Speaking Engagements
UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN New York, NY | 2018
UNITED STATES CONGRESSIONAL SCREENING Washington, DC | 2018
ZONTA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION Keynote Presentation | Yokohama, Japan | 2018
FORD MOTOR COMPANY “CURIOUS MINDS” Keynote Address | Detroit, MI | 2017
AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD SERVICE REEL ACTION / REAL CHANGE Filmmaker Panelist | Los Angeles, CA | 2017
NANCY R. CHANDLER VISITING SCHOLAR LECTURE Bend, OR | 2017
ZONTA INTERNATIONAL NORTH AMERICAN MEETING Keynote Address | Washington, DC | 2017
Watch Kruz's TEDx talk from February 2017
TEDx UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN Ann Arbor, MI | 2017
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN Christobel K. Weerasinghe Keynote Speaker Ann Arbor, MI | 2016