Sophie Sartain is the director and producer of the feature documentary Mimi and Dona, which aired nationally on PBS/Independent Lens and was named one of the best TV shows of the year by The New York Times. Sartain's other credits include the 2014 documentary Above and Beyond (writer), produced by Nancy Spielberg and winner of the audience award at more than 20 film festivals; the 2012 documentary Hava Nagila (The Movie) (writer/producer), the opening or closing night film at more than 40 film festivals; and the Emmy-nominated 2008 film Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (writer/co-producer).
Sartain is a film envoy with the American Film Showcase, a diplomacy program run by State Department in partnership with the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities' America's Media Maker grants, and is the recipient of grants from ITVS Open Call and the Fledgling Fund.
Sartain's past positions include Executive Director of Editorial Services for MGM Home Entertainment and Managing Editor of Sony Online Entertainment. She has contributed as a writer and consultant on several film projects, including Ishi's Return (PBS, 2016), Rock in the Red Zone (2015), Hotel Everest (2017), Feminists (projected 2017) and In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee (PBS, 2010). As a grant writer, she has raised more than $1 million for documentary projects. As a freelance writer, her clients have included Los Angeles Magazine, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Studios, New Line Home Entertainment, CBS Sports Radio and ABC Radio Networks.
A Morehead-Cain Scholar and graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a masters in film from UT-Austin, Sartain began her career as a reporter for The Houston Post.
Films by Sophie Sartain
A 92-year-old mother has cared 64 years for a daughter who has an intellectual disability. But now she must find her daughter a home in this powerful film that is “as unflinching as it is beautiful” (The New York Times).