Ascension (2020) — experimental short film
Shot on location in the Mojave Desert, ASCENSION is a donation-funded three-minute experimental short film exploring religion, trauma, and womanhood. Sonja handled all aspects of production except for scoring and production sound recording.
Surrender Heaven (2018) — proof-of-concept action & science fantasy short film
Shot on location in San Francisco, SURRENDER HEAVEN is a science fantasy drama featuring a bold fight sequence. Sonja wrote, directed, and helped produce this proof-of-concept film which explores PTSD, violence, womanhood, and love. This proof-of-concept short film screened at the Festival de Cannes: Court Métrage (Short Film Corner) and received several nominations including Best Action Short of the Year at a stunts-focused film festival in Las Vegas. Click here to watch.
LOVE: As You Like It (2012) — no-budget feature film
Shot on location in San Francisco for $16,000, LOVE: As You Like It is a feature-length Shakespeare adaptation featuring a cast of actors who have gone on to appear on Broadway, and in films and shows such as WESTWORLD, GLASS, INSECURE, SILICON VALLEY, THE LOOMING TOWER, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, PARKS AND RECREATION, GLOW, HOUSE OF CARDS, I AM THE NIGHT, PROJECT GREENLIGHT, and more. LOVE: AS YOU LIKE IT screened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Seattle True Independent Film Festival, the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival, and the Indie Gathering International Film Festival where it won Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for Best Romantic Comedy. Click to watch.
About My Filmmaker Fund
Help fund my next film by making a contribution to my filmmaker fund! All money raised directly finances my films and allows me to rent awesome locations and great gear, hire talented people, and pay for items like make-up and wardrobe, insurance and worker's compensation, food, supplies, transportation costs, and festival submission fees which can add up quickly. None of the money raised goes into my pocket—I always have and will continue to work for free on any projects of mine that are crowdfunded or fiscally-sponsored by a non-profit organization. Every donation counts!
Thank you so much for giving me the power to continue growing as a filmmaker! —Sonja