- Performance artist and animator Kathy Rose performs at USC hosted and produced by Hench-DADA faculty Professor Sheila Sofian and Instructor of Cinema Practice faculty Lisa Mann.
- Hench-DADA launches a new Minor in Science Visualization.
- The 25th Annual Society for Animation Studies Redefining Animation is launched at School of Cinematic Arts and will be hosted by Hench-DADA at SCA June 23-27th 2013.
Sheila M. Sofian creates films that investigate social issues utilizing a unique hybrid of animation and documentary. She has produced, directed, and animated six independent animated films. Sofian has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, among others. Her award-winning films have been exhibited internationally and are distributed educationally and in home video markets.
Professor Sofian has taught painting-on-glass and documentary animation workshops internationally at several institutions including the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, the Central Academy Of Fine Art in Beijing, China, the University Of Buffalo and the Kansas City Art Institute. She developed curriculum and designed coursework for Documentary Animation Production and has lectured on the subject at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film in Germany, the “Animating Realities: Animation, Documentary and the Moving Image” conference at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scotland, the CineToro Film Festival in Colombia, and the LagunaFest in Coahuila, Mexico.
Ms. Sofian is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in from the California Institute of the Arts.