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. She was awarded the 2018 Susan B. Anthony Community Award from the University of Michigan for her service and leadership in the promotion of equal rights for women.
Her most recent documentary, LITTLE STONES, follows four women using art - dance, music, fashion and graffiti - to create change for women and girls in India, Brazil, Senegal, Germany and Kenya. The film is Kruz's directorial feature debut and won Best Documentary at the 2017 Vail Film Festival, Best Foreign Documentary at the Female Eye Film Festival, and an Award of Excellence at the Impact Docs Awards. It is currently on the international film festival circuit.
Formerly a producer in Detroit Public TV's National Documentary Unit, Kruz produced RIDE THE TIGER (2016), an hour-long documentary on neuroscience and bipolar disorder for national PBS broadcast. From 2010-2013, Kruz held the position of Video Producer & Editor at UMS, the University of Michigan's international performing arts presenter, where she produced, directed, and edited the EMMY Award-winning hour-long documentary A SPACE FOR MUSIC, A SEAT FOR EVERYONE.
In 2015, Kruz co-founded the non-profit organization Driftseed, 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, Womanity Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, and many others. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Screen Arts & Cultures program (B.A. 2011).
Sophia's work has been supported by: