AIVF is proud to present an important artist in contemporary media. Sheila M. Sofian is an internationally recognized filmmaker using a unique technique of combining documentary narrative with animated visuals. Her award-winning work has been shown throughout the world in festivals and on television. She is a recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and will explore her innovative animation/documentary style. This screening and lecture will discuss her recent works exploring domestic violence, the war in Serbia, as well as other pieces. Ms. Sofian will discuss her experiences over the last 15 years in exhibiting her work and provide important knowledge concerning distribution of short films. She is currently Chair of the Animation Program of the College of the Canyons and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and holds an MFA from Cal Arts.