Sophie Jones

Director: Jessie Barr Run Time: 85 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Elle, Jessica Barr, Natalie Shershow, Sam Kamerman

Country: United States
Language: English

Presented in the Virtual Screening Room in partnership with Oscilloscope.

“A refreshing, deeply human meditation on girlhood, sex, and grief… Sophie Jones is exactly what it needs to be: A quiet, brilliant film”

– Lena Wilson for The Playlist

About the film:

Written with her cousin Jessica Barr based on their own experiences losing a parent, Director Jessie Barr’s debut feature provides a stirring portrait of a sixteen year old. The film had its World Premiere in competition at the Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville 2020 and screened at festivals around the world.

Stunned by the untimely death of her mother and struggling with the myriad challenges of teenage life, Sophie (played with striking immediacy by Jessica Barr) tries everything she can to feel something again while holding herself together in this sensitive, acutely realized, and utterly relatable coming-of-age story.

About the filmmaker:

Director, writer, actor, and producer Jessie Barr is a two-time 2020 Sundance Fellow based in Los Angeles. Along with Lena Hudson, Barr is developing an original series inspired by their award-winning short film Too Long at the Fair, which premiered online as a 2019 Short of the Week.

Jessie also stars in the 2015 critically acclaimed, award-winning original series Om City, which she created, wrote, and produced with her husband, filmmaker Tom O’Brien. She can be seen next co-starring in the feature film The Beta Test by Sundance and SXSW award-winning filmmaker Jim Cummings which world premiered at Berlinale in March 2021.

Read more from Barr on turning her personal story of grief into art in her article on Sophie Jones for Talkhouse.

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