B:1987 South Central LA | Living in the South
Sophia Nahli Allison is an experimental documentary filmmaker. She disrupts conventional documentary methods by reimagining the archives and excavating hidden truths. She conjures ancestral memories to explore the intersection of fiction and non-fiction storytelling.
Sophia received her Master's in Visual Communication from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as a Roy H. Park Fellow and holds a BA in photojournalism. She is currently completing a new documentary.
Sophia is a 2018 Sundance Institute New Frontier Lab Programs Fellow. She is a recipient of a 2018 Glassbreaker Films Catalyst Grant and a Getty Bursary Creative Grant. Sophia is a 2018 Artist-in-Residence at The Center for Photography at Woodstock and will be a 2019 3Arts Residency Fellow at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. She was named the 2017 Student Video Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographer Association and was a participant of the Eddie Adams Workshop, the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, and the 2nd Annual New York Times Lens Blog Portfolio Review. She has interned at The Seattle Times, The Tampa Bay Times, and The Chicago Reporter. As an educator she's taught photo and video to youth in Chicago and Los Angeles and is a grateful recipient of a 2014 Chicago 3Arts Award, a $25,000 grant for her work as a teaching artist.