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Soopum Sohn

Soopum Sohn

Assistant Professor of Film

B.F.A., Chung Ang University; Art Center College of DesignM.F.A., American Film Institute; New York University


As director/writer, Soopum’s short films include “Island to Island,” winner of a 2002 Student Academy Award, and “Fish in the Sea Is Not Thirsty,” an official selection of the 2002 Cannes Film Festival (Quinzaine). “Make Yourself at Home,” Soopum’s first feature film as a director/writer, was invited to the 2008 Pusan International Film Festival, Gala Presentation; Oldenburg Film Festival; San Diego Asian Film Festival; and Athens Film Festival.

As cinematographer, Soopum’s films include “Michellville” (dir: John Harkrider), which screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival (American Spectrum), and “SA-KWA” (dir: Yi-Kwan Kang), winner of the International Critics Award at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival.

Soopum holds M.F.A. degrees from American Film Institute (cinematography) and New York University (film directing).


Film Screenwriting, Directing, Cinematography, Editing


  • Cinematographer, Writer and Director, “Make Yourself at Home,” 35mm, 90 minutes
  • Director of Photography, “Sa-Kwa,” 35mm, 118 minutes
  • Director of Photography, “Mitchellville,” 35mm, 83 minutes
  • Cinematographer, Writer and Director, “Fish in the Sea is not Thirsty,” 16mm, 15 minutes Director, Island to Island, 16mm, 8 minutes


Work selected for and honored by numerous juried film festivals and competitions.


  • “Make Yourself at Home,” official selection of the San Diego International Asian Film Festival (2009) and the Athens International Film Festival; chosen as the Gala Presentation for the Pusan International Film Festival (2008)
  • “Sa-Kwa,” International Critics Award, Toronto International Film Festival (2005); Montblanc Award, San Sebastian Film Festival (2005)
  • “Mitchellville,” official selection of the Sundance Film Festival (2005); Grand Jury Prize, Cine Vegas (2004)
  • “Fish in the Sea is not Thirsty,” official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, Director’s Fortnight (2002), and the Hawaii International Film Festival (2002)
  • “Island to Island,” Student Academy Award (2002); Certificate of Merit Award, Chicago International Film Festival (2001); Grand Jury Prize, Athens Film Festival