Jenna Sofia tells stories across media. Her work as both performer and writer-director is driven by a desire to investigate human stories and excavate the myth, folklore and other sacred stories therein. Second Seed: Part 1 was Jenna’s theatrical, musical investigation into personal and familial myth and folklore (Dixon Place).
The next best step for this investigation was founding Second Seed Productions, a company devoted to upholding the sacred stories. The idea was to first deconstruct and understand her own personal lore and that of her family, in order to be able to widen circles and explore legend and lore of the whole human family. Break the Camera was the company’s premiere project and Jenna’s directorial debut in film (6 Official Selections including Mill Valley Film Festival, 2 nominations, and 3 awards, including Best Experimental Short [Amazing Shorts! Film Festival in Madrid]).
Jenna can work as a one-woman shop, but thrives in collaboration. Recent collaborations include comedic dance-theatre murder mystery – and subsequent sci-fi noir feature screenplay – Poisoning the Prophets with Tony Bordonaro, and physical-theatre piece A House of Skin and Bone with Nettles Artists Collective.
As an actress, Jenna has played houses from London’s Southwark Playhouse (the Off West End Award-Nominated [Best Ensemble] Summer and Smoke) to LaMaMa ETC in New York City. Film & TV highlights: Chocolate and Cigarettes (Maverick Movie Award Nomination, Best Supporting Actress), The Grid (NYCIFF Winner, Best Pilot), Call the Cobbs (Boulevard Film Festival), Side Piece (Big Apple Film Festival). She appears in the forthcoming film Donut Shop, slated for completion in 2018. She will appear in A Single Evening (shooting February 2019) as a personified Tinder app.
Jenna is currently developing a series of short films, at least one of which is slated for production in early 2019. She is a member of NYC Women Filmmakers and a founding member of The COBWEB (Collective of Badass Women in the Entertainment Business), which she named and co-organizes.
Photo credit: Rafael Acata Photography
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