Sonja Kelly

Los Angeles, California

About Me

Experienced and award-winning "actor's director" with a degree in Cinema-TV production from USC who has screened at the Festival de Cannes: Short Film Corner, the Seattle True Independent Film Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Indie Gathering International Film Festival, the Action on Film International Film Festival, and the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival.

I'm well-versed in all aspects of filmmaking from development through post, and although I generally write my own material (with a preference for science fiction, fantasy, and psychological thrillers), I'm also very open to directing other people's screenplays.

My passion lies in working with actors to craft unforgettable, authentic performances, but because I also have experience as a producer, cinematographer, casting director, and editor, I am able to work well with others to establish a cohesive vision. I also have experience working with a wide range of indie budgets from $0 up to $25,000 for five pages (which works out to a $450,000 budget for a 90 page film). I'm based in Los Angeles, but can work local in LA or San Francisco.

I have been in the industry since 2007.

2019 Directing Reel
Added on 10/13/2019
Includes excerpts from various works (2012 to 2019).


Director, Writer, Producer – Whisper Back

June, 2019 — current
Short Film – Independent

Director, Writer, Producer – Surrender Heaven

September, 2017 — January, 2018
Short Film – Independent (Proof-of-Concept)

Director, Writer, Producer – LOVE: As You Like It

January, 2012 — December, 2012
Feature – Independent

Director, Producer – Classical Pilates for the Young Dancer

September, 2009 — October, 2009
Other – "Classical Pilates for the Young Dancer" DVD

Director, Writer, Producer – Drake

January, 2009 — March, 2009
Short Film – University of Southern California

Director, Writer, Producer – Baby Blue

November, 2008 — December, 2008
Short Film – University of Southern California

Director, Writer, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor – They Call Us Kids

May, 2008 — June, 2008
Online – College of Marin

Director, Producer – A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

May, 2007 — July, 2007
Short Film – Independent

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