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 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 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've worked with Grammy award winning bands like Kinky, Natalia Lafourcade & Aleks Syntek, and done commercials, branded content or promos for Carl's Jr, Indio Beer and Nickelodeon.
Some of my work been shortlisted, awarded or screened at festivals like 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), and a 2021 SANFIC-Morbido Lab participant. 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
Smell: New carpet
Food: Mexican & Italian
Drink: Mojitos & Jamaica
Color: Yellow, Black & Orange
I love… costume parties
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