Sheila M. Sofian: Producer & Professor, School of Cinematic Arts, USC

Sheila M. Sofian creates films that investigate social issues utilizing a unique hybrid of animation and documentary. Sofian has produced seven award-winning independent animated films. She recently completed production on “Truth Has Fallen”, a feature length animated/live action documentary about people wrongfully convicted of murder and flaws in the United States legal system that led to these injustices.

Professionally, Sofian’s freelance work includes animation for the feature film "Closetland", titles for the feature film "10 Things I Hate About You", “The Strip”, and MTV. She has also worked as staff animator for Metapa, Inc. Sheila Sofian studied at The United World College of South East Asia in Singapore and Old Dominion University in Virginia before receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Animation at the Rhode Island School of Design and her Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. Sofian was head of the Animation Program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia from 1992-1997. She chaired the Animation Program at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita from 2001-2006. Sofian is currently Full Professor at the University of Southern California.

What do you love most about Your City?

I love the variety of nature surrounding Los Angeles: hiking trails, beaches, desert, mountains. I also love the vitality of the city: museums, theaters, and alternative venues. There is always something exciting happening!

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Tofu veggie scramble at Sage Bistro.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Sleeping hopefully. Getting up on days I teach.

10:00 AM – Either teaching or arriving on campus (USC.)

12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?

Veggie Grill- I love the Quinoa Power Salad, the Rustic Farm Bowl, and the Grilled Quinoa & Veg Burger.

7:00 PM -  Eating dinner with my husband with our cats on our laps.

11:00 PM – Either working or watching a movie, depending on the day.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Coffee. One or two cups. At the end of the day I love a glass of wine on occasion.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Thekangaroosanctuary Instagram account!

What should everyone try at least once?

Yoga. [Also ballooning and black bean brownies…]

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Japan.