From a graffiti artist in the favelas of Brazil raising awareness about domestic violence, to a choreographer in India using dance to rehabilitate survivors of human trafficking, Little Stones profiles four women, each of whom are contributing a stone to the mosaic of the women’s movement through their art. The 90-minute Little Stones documentary, directed by EMMY® Award-winning filmmaker and PBS producer Sophia Kruz and filmed by award- winning cinematographer Meena Singh demonstrates the world is full of little stones waiting to be discovered.
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
EMMY® award-winning documentary filmmaker Sophia Kruz has a passion for non-fiction storytelling. Her work has screened at film festivals, museums, libraries, community centers, and health-care facilities nationwide, and is broadcast regularly on PBS stations.
Kruz's documentary work is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Marian Chace Foundation, International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and the Womanity Foundation. She is currently a co-founder of the non-profit Driftseed and the University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women 2015-2016 Visiting Social Activist.
Formerly a producer in PBS Detroit's National Documentary Unit, Kruz produced RIDE THE TIGER (2016), a documentary on neuroscience and bipolar disorder and BEYOND THE LIGHT SWITCH, Hour 3 (2015), for national PBS broadcast. From 2010-2013, Kruz held the position of Video Producer & Editor at UMS, the University of Michigan's international performing arts presenter. She earned her BA in Screen Arts & Cultures at the University of Michigan.
CINEMATOGRAPHER & CO-PRODUCER
Meena’s documentary work has taken her all over America, and most notably, she shot scenes for 2013 Oscar winning documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom.
Born in Chicago to an Indian father and an American mother, Meena finds a balance between her eastern heritage and western upbringing through cinema. Her background of global influences has helped her bring a unique perspective to the projects she takes on. This, coupled with her high level of technical knowledge and training, and her desire to bring affecting stories that matter to the screen in a visually compelling way, have made her a highly valuable asset and long-term collaborator with the directors she’s worked with.
She studied cinematography at Columbia College Chicago and shot her first two feature films before the age of 21. Following her early success, she relocated to Los Angeles to attend the prestigious American Film Institute. Her work has received numerous awards and critical acclaim, and has screened at film festivals around the world. Meena is a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild.
Karoliina Tuovinen was born in Finland, raised in Columbus, Ohio, and is currently a Los Angeles-based editor.
Since completing her MFA at the American Film Institute Conservatory, she has edited numerous narrative and documentary features and shorts. Karoliina recently edited WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY, a biography of the legendary filmmaker. It screened at the Cannes International Film Festival and internationally on television and in theaters. Her most recent narrative work can be seen in the soon-to-be released indie romance, HOME, JAMES. Her other feature work includes the documentary, I AM COMIC, a humorous look at the lives of stand-up comedians.
Classically trained in both Western and Indian music, multi-instrumentalist Amritha Vaz has journeyed from performing to arranging and finally composing scores for film and television.
After scoring a CBC documentary about Hungarian refugees, she began working with Oscar and Grammy award winning composer, Mychael Danna. Her work with Danna spanned 11 feature films and two television shows, including the Oscar nominated score for "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus", Marc Webb’s award-winning "500 Days Of Summer", Cannes winner "Adoration" and "The Time Traveler’s Wife". With Danna, she co-composed the scores to Najwa Najjar’s Doha Tribeca award-winning "Pomegranates and Myrrh", and Dilip Mehta’s "Cooking With Stella". Having branched out on her own, she now composes out of her studio in Hollywood where she recently scored the award winning feature documentaries "Made In India" (PBS) & "Music for Mandela", for which she was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Musical Score, and the feature film "Miss India America".
outreach & engagement manager
Ankita is an American attorney licensed in the State of New York and educated in the United States and France.
She earned a JD from American University in DC and two Masters from the University of Paris Nanterre. She then worked in Paris, primarily as an international arbitration associate at White & Case, a top-ranking firm in the practice. After living in Paris for seven years, Ankita moved back to DC and back to her roots in policy and development, most recently as a legal consultant for the World Bank Group. As a passionate advocate for issues of social justice, gender equality, and international development, Ankita was immediately energized and thrilled at the opportunity to found the media non-profit organization Driftseed with Sophia Kruz and Meena Singh, and lead the outreach and education initiatives for Creating4Change.
additional camera (senegal & new york)
Rob is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer based in Washington, DC.
His work spans a wide variety of projects, from documentary television to promotional shorts for nonprofits. His regular clients include National Geographic, Discovery, and the Smithsonian Channel. Most recently, Rob worked on the 4-hour documentary 'The Presidents' Gatekeepers' and the Emmy-nominated special 'Jefferson's Secret Bible.'
EMILY WHITTINGTON - Summer 2015 & 2016
LAUREN IVERSON - Summer 2016
LAUREN SWANSON - Summer 2016
KATIE WEDEMEYER - Summer 2016
KINZA ILYAS- Summer 2015
ELISABETE MAISAO - Brazil
YAYE AMY MBAYE DIOP - Senegal
MADHURIMA GUHA - India
ADITI SIRCAR - India
BERNICE SAINEPO - Kenya
MADHURIMA MUKHOPADHYAY - Bengali
POOJA CHAKRABARTY - Bengali
DR. CAMELA LOGAN - French
KEVIN HALL - German
DOROTHEA ROMER - German