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Second Seed Productions is a production company that upholds the sacred stories*.

During this critical moment in history - when it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by anxiety about our swiftly-warming planet, or bombarded by divisive politics and propaganda - we press pause to tell stories that spark memory about the truth of who we are as a human family.

We trace story roots back to meet our ancestors, whose stories push forward through us to meet our children.

Questions we consider in selecting and creating projects: What seeds did our ancestors plant for us? Which do we water? And what new seeds will we sow for future generations?

We foster and produce fiction and nonfiction films, theatre and multi-disciplinary art.

* "The second seed was the sacred stories: myths, legends, fairy tales, folklore, and the perennial themes that keep reappearing in various guises throughout history. They have always been with us, so that however far we have wandered into the Labyrinth of Separation, we have always had a lifeline, however tenuous and tangled, to the truth. The stories nurture that tiny spark of memory within us that knows our origin and our destination. The ancients, knowing that the truth would be co-opted and distorted if left in explicit form, encoded it into stories. When we hear or read one of these stories, even if we cannot decode the symbolism, we are affected on an unconscious level. Myths and fairy tales represent a very sophisticated psychic technology. Each generation of storytellers, without consciously intending to, transmits the covert wisdom that it learned, unconsciously, from the stories told it." 

Excerpt from Charles Eisenstein's essay, The Three Seeds

Some examples of sacred stories (or stories with a strong element of a sacred story present):

The Red Shoes, The Handless Maiden, Skeleton Woman, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin, The Long Sheet by William Sansom, Sandra Cisneros’ poetry, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl’s books (Matilda, The BFG, The Witches…), The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupéry, Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Passion by Jeanette Winterson, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth, The NeverEnding Story (dir. Wolfgang Petersen), Cléo de 5 à 7 (dir. Agnès Varda), L’esquive (dir. Abdellatif Kéchiche), The OA (dir. Zal Batmanglij), Return to Oz (dir. Walter Murch), The Dressmaker (dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse), Winter’s Bone (dir. Debra Granik), The Shape of Water (dir. Guillermo del Toro), and on and on…

 
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founder bio

Second Seed Productions was founded by performer and writer-director Jenna Sofia after she created and performed Second Seed: Part 1, a theatrical, musical investigation into personal and familial myth and folklore (Dixon Place). The idea was to first deconstruct and understand her own personal lore and that of her family, in order to be able to widen circles and explore legend and lore of the whole human family.

The next best step for this investigation was Second Seed Productions, Break the Camera its premiere project and her directorial debut in film (5 official selections, 3 awards and 2 nominations). Jenna can work as a one-woman shop (as she did in Break the Camera), but in reality, thrives in collaboration. Recent collaborations: comedic dance-theatre murder mystery - and subsequent sci-fi noir feature screenplay - Poisoning the Prophets with Tony Bordonaro, and physical-theatre piece A House of Skin and Bone with Nettles Artists Collective.

As an actress, Jenna has played houses from London’s Southwark Playhouse (the Off West End Award-Nominated [Best Ensemble] Summer and Smoke) to LaMaMa ETC in New York City. Film & TV highlights: Chocolate and Cigarettes (Maverick Movie Award Nomination, Best Supporting Actress), The Grid (NYCIFF Winner, Best Pilot), Call the Cobbs (Boulevard Film Festival, NewFilmmakers NY). She appears in the forthcoming films Donut Shop and Side Piece, each slated for completion in 2018.

Jenna is a member of NYC Women Filmmakers and a founding member The COBWEB (Collective of Badass Women in the Entertainment Business), which she named and co-organizes.

Follow her journey on Instagram and check out her personal website.


Projects

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Synopsis

BREAK THE CAMERA (dir. Jenna Sofia, 5 minutes) is an experimental short documentary that stars WWII Army vet and beloved family man Salvatore Pantozzi, who, his granddaughter discovers, lived a whole life before she existed. The film stitches past and present together in a visually dynamic, bittersweet love note from granddaughter to grandfather, narrated by him.

Official Selections:

Mill Valley Film Festival (San Rafael, CA), YoFiFest (Yonkers, NY), Indie Memphis Film Festival (Memphis, TN), Amazing Shorts! Film Festival (Madrid, Spain), Blow-Up International Arthouse Filmfest (Chicago, IL)

Nominations:

Best Experimental Short, Blow-Up International Arthouse Filmiest

Best Short Film, Miami Independent Film Festival - Mindie Monthly Edition

Awards:

Finalist, Blow-Up International Arthouse Filmfest

Honorable Mention Award, LA Underground Film Forum

Honorable Mention Award, Experimental Forum

 
 

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