I'm either painting rainbows or thunderstorms behind you. Depends on the mood you catch me in. My imagination is my best friend.
My name is Sofia Garza-Barba. I’m a Mexican genre bending writer/director with a whimsical POV living in LA. Thanks to Mexican TV, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Black & White Mexican cinema and MTV, I grew up mesmerized by the magical worlds I saw on the screen, which lead me to where I am now. Directing music videos, commercials and films is what I was born to do.
I love stop motion animation, mixed media art, food, color, monsters, dark humor & magical realism. My work is highly art driven, hand crafted, planned and harmonized from the idea to the screen. I love mixing genres and cultures to find a balance between the two.
I've worked with Grammy award winning bands like Kinky, Natalia Lafourcade & Aleks Syntek, and clients like Sony Music, Nickelodeon, Universal, Coca-Cola and Carl's Jr.
Some of my work been shortlisted, awarded or screened at festivals like SITGES, GIFF, CINEQUEST, LAShorts, Festival de Cannes (Short Film Corner), LaFemme, Tribeca (Nespresso Talents), One Screen, Cleveland International Film Festival, Shiny Awards and San Diego Film Festival.
I'm a 2018 mentee of Ryan Murphy’s Half Initiative program, a 2019 graduate fellow director of the CDDP (Commercial Director's Diversity Program), a 2021 SANFIC-Morbido Lab participant, and a fellow director of 2021 Tomorrow's Filmmakers Today by HBO. I proudly work both in the U.S. and Mexico and I'm currently in development for my first feature called Santos Remedios (Holy Remedies).
To find out more about me and my work, contact me or visit my company website http://www.espinablanca.com/
Song: Goodbye Horses by Q Lazzarus
Candy: Haribo Gummies & Vero chilitos
Smell: New carpet
Food: Mexican & Italian
Drink: Mojitos, Jamaica & Mezcal
Color: Yellow, Black & Orange
I love… costume parties & eyes
I hate… negative energy
Not everyone knows that… A real Mexican luchador chipped my tooth
First movie I watched in a theatre was…The Witches
If I weren’t a filmmaker, I would be a… Chef
Movies: Amelie, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, The Shape of Water, Edward Scissorhands, Hable con Ella, Little Shop Of Horrors, Eternal Sunshine of A Spotless Mind
Series: Veneno, Fleabag, Pose, Stranger Things, I May Destroy You, Barry