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Hey, I'm Sophie Dia!

Los Angeles, California

Sophie is a British American film director and documentary cinematographer who has produced and shot films in the Antarctic, at the North Pole and in the Himalayas. Her documentary films include "77 Below" and experimental "Come to the Edge", shot on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica and featuring artist Lita Albuquerque.   The award winning "Talking to the Air: The Horses of the Last Forbidden Kingdom" and "Daughters of the Curved Moon were shot in remote regions of the high Himalaya.  

As a writer/director, Sophie's debut narrative feature film "Dogstar", was a tragic love story between an otherworldly recluse and a misfit junkie and was billed as a rustic Colorado update of O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi.  Critics described it as "pleasingly sensuous" and a "well-crafted, winsome fairy tale". 

She is currently in post production on a documentary on the maverick and youthful horsemen of Kyrgyzstan and working on a story about The Camarillo family of California and the legacy of their rare White Horses.  She is also directing a film about the Transgender community in Kathmandu - "Pink Tiffany". Additionally, the trans-media project Caravan Field Songs and Stories is also in development. 

 

Sophie co-owns and runs Horsefly Films, a production company based in Los Angeles.  As well as promotional films for world class equine clientele worldwide, Horsefly Films are producing a series of documentaries focussed on rare horses and vanishing equine cultures.   Their award winning films "Path to Glory", "Tarpan", "Of Gods and Kings" and "Talking to the Air" are available at www.rareequinetrust.com

 

Sophie has shot and produced work for commercials, documentaries, films and NGO promotions as well as experimental art pieces.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

RUNAROUND SUE

Natchitoches • Drama, Music

RUNAROUND SUE is a small-town Southern bartender known for breaking hearts... until THE WANDERER comes to town.


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White Crow

Los Angeles • Mystery, Thriller

A sickly young woman's life unravels when she receives a heart transplant and begins to take on her donor's personality traits.


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Passion & Progress

Lakeland • Documentary

When people of color set out an ambitious goal to reach their highest potential, only to be faced with societal barriers.


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Blossom

Los Angeles • Documentary

Transgender entertainer/activist Blossom C. Brown finds answers to her troubled past while aspiring a career in the entertainment industry.


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STiGMA

Atlanta • Drama

As Senator Ingram stares down an easy reelection, things become unstable when he is diagnosed with a mental illness.


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The Vth Column

Los Angeles • Horror, Sci-Fi

Horror/Scifi series. Episode 1. A couple flees from a stranger, who refused to let them out of his car, after hitching a ride.


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Stallion of a Dream: California & the Camarillo White Horse

Ojai • Documentary, History

Before low-riders and hotrods, California was the birthplace of an endangered horse that became part of our California cultural identity.


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Meeting My Mom: The CrossFit Priest

Los Angeles • Documentary

My formerly Jewish mom takes a road trip across the West meeting priests & visiting CrossFit gyms after being ordained a priest at age 60.


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King Ester

New York • Drama, LGBTQ

Before the reign, came the rain.


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Echoes in Silence

New York • Drama, Experimental

Six women who are a manifestation of 1 woman embark on a journey of truth & self-discovery whilst formulating a sisterhood along the way.


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Chrysalis

Los Angeles • Drama, Sci-Fi

An astronaut trapped in cryo sleep on a damaged spacecraft uses a visceral childhood memory to break free from her coma and save her crew.


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You Are Going To Explode

Los Angeles • Comedy, Drama

A depressed man searches for meaning to stave off his own spontaneous combustion.


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Up on the Mountain

Port Townsend • Documentary

A documentary about Southeast Asian refugees, Latino immigrants, and rural Americans on a year-round migration to harvest wild mushrooms.


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The Battle for Ranked Choice Voting

Boston • Documentary, News

From Maine to New Mexico, citizens rise for free and fair elections but face opposition from entrenched political interests.


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Maiden

New York • Horror, Thriller

While passing through a small town, a modern-day witch must fight her way through a cult of men to find a young woman who’s disappeared.


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Displaced

New York • Horror

A young black man in Brooklyn must prove his new white neighbors are emissaries from the Satanic cult they both survived as children.


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The Atticus McLaren Mysteries

Edinburgh • Mystery, Drama

An autistic museum technician stumbles onto a mystery and we learn that sometimes finding the answer takes a different way of thinking.


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One Bird at a Time

Portland • Comedy, Drama

When do-gooder and lovable neurotic Julie strives to save the neediest and the craziest in the world, she has to start in her own backyard.


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VOWS

New York • Comedy, Drama

Two actresses from conservative immigrant backgrounds agree to a green card marriage hoping to pursue their very American passions.


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New Recruits

Fremont • Comedy, LGBTQ

New Recruits is a military satire about why young men and women choose to serve in the Army and the headstrong leadership that prepares th


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Passive Aggressive Dads

Blue Hill • Comedy

Two dads try to spend a nice day at the park with their daughters and end up avenging their life's failures upon a group of obnoxious teens.


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Shield

New York • Drama, Family

Zoe overcomes her unusual attachment to a blanket with her foster mom's creative use of comic books.


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The Forgotten

Los Angeles • Drama, Western

In the Old West, two women must defy the bigotry of their time to save an innocent life.


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Woke

New York • Comedy, Drama

A racially mixed , outspoken actress in New York City constantly being told ‘no’ and offering herself a 'yes'


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YAZIDI GENOCIDE FILM

Los Angeles • Drama, War

When ISIS turns a mountain into a massacre, who can you save?


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The Laser Effect

Baltimore • Drama, Sport

The story of Ty Laser, a high school star athlete, who struggles with the gravities of the past and the high expectations of the present.


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Park Slope Moms

New York • Comedy

A high-powered attorney turned 'stay-at-home' mom regains power as PTA President, but ruling with an iron fist sparks a coup.


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Wise Gals

Boston • Crime, Drama

In an alternate 1980s underground, organized crime is ruled by women. Up-and-coming mobster Sophia is ready to take the throne.


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Coming Home: Celebrating the Women Airforce Service Pilots in 2017

Los Angeles • Documentary

A group of the last surviving Women Airforce Service Pilots, all in their 90s, return to Avenger Field, for what may be their last reunion.


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A Room Full of Nothing

Austin • Adventure, Romance

In this Swiss Army Man meets Eternal Sunshine adventure an artistic couple's life takes a bizarre turn when they wake up alone in the world.


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The Atavist

Pittsfield • Adventure, Sci-Fi

A young woman travels to the past, but when the things she leaves alter history, she must get them back to save the future.


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Palace

Upland • Drama, Family

The family-fractured lives of a stubborn mechanic, a retired widower, and a repressed college student intertwine at a bar in rural Indiana.


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Fantastic Santa Monaco

Los Angeles • Drama, Satire

A film about a group of performance artists who are looking for love, connection and significance in Los Angeles.


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Interference

New York • Drama, Thriller

A violent altercation between a police officer and a black man left one person dead. A couple passing by must decide what they believe.


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Self Portrait

New York • Drama, Experimental

A young woman reflects on the authenticity of her parents marriage in a staged dinner scene revealing three individual perspectives.


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Pay to Stay

New York • Horror, LGBTQ

A couple take a mini-vacation to repair their relationship, unaware the AirBNB they rented may lead to their untimely end.


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Exposure

Pepin • Romance, LGBTQ

Two women set off on separate journeys of self-reflection and contemplation. What happened between them? How did the relationship die?


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OR DIE TRYING

Los Angeles • Drama

Four ambitious women attempt to achieve their own definition of success while dealing with the struggles of being a millennial in Hollywood.


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The Great Flip-Off

Philadelphia • Documentary, History

Facing extinction, the last extreme circus bareback riders unite for one final, death-defying performance.


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Shelby's Vacation

Los Angeles • Romance, LGBTQ

Vacationer Shelby and mountain resort manager Carol go on a healing journey of learning why they cling to unrealistic romantic fantasies.


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Greatest Hits

Los Angeles • Documentary

Celebrating 30 years of shooting music, photographer Chris Cuffaro shares stories behind the images of this exciting 2015 exhibition.


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Kinesthesia

Los Angeles • Drama, Shorts Program

Frustrated at her inability to accurately remember a particular time of happiness in her life, Minny sets out to find it again.


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After Ever After

Los Angeles • Drama, Experimental

When is it too late to save a marriage that's been slowly bleeding to death for years?


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Actress

• Documentary

A film about starring in the movie of your life.


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Finding Jenn's Voice

• Documentary

Homicide is the leading cause of death during pregnancy. But no one is talking about it. Until now.


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Directed by Women

• Global Celebration

Inviting the world to fall madly in love with & wildly celebrate women filmmakers & their films.


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Time Signature

Brooklyn • Sci-Fi

Danielle meets her favorite guitarist, Astra, who reveals that she is a time-traveler.


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