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In Development

Standoff

A young girl selling lemonade eludes a crafty kidnapper.

  • Type: Short Film
  • Page Count: 8
  • Genre: Dark Comedy, Drama, Coming of Age
  • Location: Rhode Island, rural
Accolades
  • The Script Lab (TSL) Free Screenplay Contest
  • In Competition, Quarterfinalist
  • (top 7 percent out of 15,200 entries)

Would you like to help green light this film? Please email Sonja to request the script and project overview packet.

Completed Films

Ascension

After attempting suicide, a young cult member with dissociative identity disorder is abandoned in the desert and left to die. As she awaits her ascension into heaven, a war rages within her between the Child, the Preacher, and the Bad One.

  • Type: Short Film
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 3 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Experimental
  • Budget: $1,676
  • Location: Mojave Desert

Sonja wrote, directed, produced, shot, edited, and cast this film.

Surrender Heaven

An alien abductee is caught between two worlds as her personal struggle with PTSD collides with the implanted memories meant to soothe her.

  • Type: Proof-of-Concept Short Film
  • Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 8 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Drama
  • Budget: $25,579
  • Location: San Francisco

Sonja wrote, directed, produced, and cast this film.

Screenings
  • Festival de Cannes: Court M├ętrage (Short Film Corner)
  • Action on Film International Film Festival
Accolades
  • Action on Film International Film Festival
  • Winner: Best Rising Action Star (Female/Short) (Teri Reeves)
  • Nominee: Best Action Short of the Year
  • Nominee: Best Female Filmmaker
LOVE: As You Like It

In this adaptation of William Shakespeare's play As You Like It, a group of dynamic characters living in San Francisco struggle with what it means to love, and to be loved.

  • Type: Feature Film
  • Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 62 minutes
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
  • Budget: $16,008
  • Location: San Francisco

Sonja directed, produced, edited, and cast this film.

Screenings
  • Seattle True Independent Film Festival
  • Fort Myers Beach Film Festival
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • Indie Gathering International Film Festival
  • Vidiots (Santa Monica, CA)
  • San Francisco State University
Accolades
  • Indie Gathering International Film Festival
  • Winner: Best Supporting Actor (Sullivan Jones)
  • Nominee: Best Feature (Romantic Comedy)