Episode 10: Life Is Not A Tuna & White Bean Salad
with Filmmaker & Screenwriter Sophia Romma
Sophia is a playwright, screenwriter, and a film & theater director. She is a producing artistic director of Garden of the Avant-Garde Productions and she’s also a member of the New York City Bar Association, working in human rights.
She was the screenwriter and producer for the international arthouse film Poor Liza, which won a Garnet Grand Prix award. The film starred Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Ben Gazzara and Emmy & Academy award winner Lee Grant.
Sophia has written and directed three films for New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program.
Outside of film, Sophia has written fourteen different stage plays which have been produced either off-Broadway or “off, off Broadway”.
Sophia’s latest project, which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime is Used and Borrowed Time. It is a 2020 time travel film about an aging actress who is magically returned to the year 1965 in segregated Alabama.
Sophia penned screenplays and directed three films for New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program. She also wrote and directed a series of cutting-edge short films for the New York Film Academy
Pornography!” and “Commercial America in the 90’s.” She wrote the screenplay for the documentary “Call Girls for Hire: The Sex Slave Trade Epidemic in Eastern Europe,” for which she was honored with Moscow’s Social Awareness Documentary Film Award at the Moscow Women Make Documentaries Film Festival.
Romma also wrote and directed a series of cutting-edge short films for the New York Film Academy: “Underneath Her Make-Up” (unveiling the stigmatized and hounded LGBTQ community in India) and “The Frozen Zone” (shedding light on the supernatural healing powers of ancient shamanism and its infinite wisdom).
Dr. Romma is the author of fourteen stage-plays, produced Off-Off Broadway/Off-Broadway, three of which were produced at La MaMa E.T.C. Her play, “The Past Is Still Ahead” which she wrote and directed, ran at the Cherry Lane Theatre, at the Midtown International Film Festival and toured Montauk, London, Moscow, Montreal and Seoul.
The Negro Ensemble Company presented “The Mire” at the Cherry Lane Theatre; it was heralded by the New York Times for “grinding down stubborn cultural borders with love’s symphony.” Romma’s “Cabaret Émigré” was lauded by The Villager for “delving deep into the dislocated émigré’s soul in erotic quantum verse.”
Romma graduated from Tisch School of the Arts, earning her B.F.A. from the Dramatic Writing Program and her M.F.A. from the Dramatic Writing and Cinema Studies). She holds a Ph.D. in Philology from Maxim Gorky Literature Institute and a Masters of Law from Fordham University School of Law.