The Filmmakers




EMMY® award-winning documentary filmmaker Sophia Kruz's work has screened at film festivals and museums globally, and broadcast nationally on PBS. She is a founding member of Driftseed, a nonprofit organization that seeks to build a better world for women and girls through education, outreach and documentary film. Kruz was selected for the prestigious University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women's Visiting Social Activist fellowship for her debut feature documentary Little Stones.

Formerly a producer in PBS Detroit's National Documentary Unit, Kruz produced RIDE THE TIGER (2016), a documentary on neuroscience and bipolar disorder for national PBS broadcast. Her independent documentary work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Whole Foods and Verizon Wireless, among many others. From 2010-2013, Kruz held the position of Video Producer & Editor at UMS, the University of Michigan's international performing arts presenter. She earned her BA in Screen Arts & Cultures at the University of Michigan.



Born in Chicago to an Indian father and an American mother, Meena's mixed cultural background has helped her bring a unique perspective to her work. Driven by her desire to bring affecting stories with social impact to the screen in a visually compelling way, she is a valuable asset and long-term collaborator with award-winning directors.

Meena can be seen in-action on Starz docu-series The Chair produced by Chris Moore (Good Will Hunting, American Pie).  The show followed the filmmakers during the production of feature film HOLLIDAYSBURG, for which Meena was the Director of Photography. Meena studied cinematography at Columbia College Chicago and shot her first two feature films before the age of 21. Following her early success, she relocated to Los Angeles to attend the prestigious American Film Institute. Her work has received numerous awards and critical acclaim, and has screened at film festivals around the world. Meena is a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild. She is a founding member of Driftseed.

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AMRITHA VAZ - Composer

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ANKITA SINGH - Driftseed Co-Founder