- 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. Sofian has produced seven award-winning independent animated films. Sofian recently completed production on “Truth Has Fallen”, a feature length animated/live action documentary about people wrongfully convicted of murder and flaws in the United States legal system that led to these injustices.
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 Tokyo University of the Arts, the University Of Buffalo and the Kansas City Art Institute. She developed curriculum and designed coursework for Documentary Animation Production and has written on the subject.
Professionally, Sofian’s freelance work includes animation for the feature film “Closetland”, titles for the feature film “10 Things I Hate About You”, “The Strip”, and MTV. She has also worked as staff animator for Metapa, Inc.
Sheila Sofian studied at The United World College of South East Asia in Singapore and Old Dominion University in Virginia before receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Film, Video and Animation at the Rhode Island School of Design and her Master of Fine Arts in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts.
Sofian was head of the Animation Program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia from 1992-1997. She chaired the Animation Program at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita from 2001-2006. Sofian is currently a Professor at the University of Southern California.