Sophie Constantinou, Director / Director of Photography
Sophie Constantinou has earned international acclaim for tackling difficult subjects with artistry and sensitivity. Her directing credits include Divided Loyalties (Golden Gate Award, 1998 SF International Film Festival), a personal exploration of the conflict in Cyprus and Between the Lines, a lyrical documentary about women who cut themselves. Her cinematography credits include PBS’s award-winning Maquilapolis, about the movement to change labor practices in US-Mexican border factories; HBO’s Unchained Memories, which tells the stories of former slaves, using their testimony from the WPA archives; PBS’ Presumed Guilty, a portrait of a Public Defender’s office; and KQED’s Emmy-winning Home Front, about evictions in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Currently, Sophie is working on:Green Streets - This film follows 28-year-old entrepreneur Tyrone Mullins and his friends as they turn trash into cash in the distressed San Francisco housing projects where they live. Through trial and error, they learn to haul 150,000 gallons of waste per month, creating desperately needed jobs and establishing recycling where all previous efforts had failed.
Lunch Love Community is an online documentary project offering shareable films, community engagement, and creative resources to inspire change in the way kids eat. In this spirit, filmmakers Helen De Michiel and Constantinou are co-creating and testing this new form of documentary and distribution. Their intention is to open up a space for personal reflection, further dialogue with others, and inspire action for change. These films are supported by National Endowment for the Arts, Fledgling Fund, San Francisco Foundation, Cal Humanities, and viewers like you.
The New Jewish Filmmaking Project's "Half-Remembered Stories" - an online multi-media documentary experience reclaiming lost Jewish stories from 11 different points of view.
Joann Sfar Draws from Memory - a documentary portrait of graphic novelist Joann Sfar, a collaboration with KQED (PBS), Les Films du Poisson and Valerie Joseph.
Community Leadership Videos, a series of films about Bay Area community cultural leaders and social entrepreneurs, commissioned by the San Francisco Foundation.