Sophia Birks

Sophia Birks is a returning senior at Arcadia University. She has an individualized major and is pursuing her bachelors in Print and Visual Communication. Originally interested in Photo Journalism, Sophia began her education at Arcadia back in 2013 but mid-way through her Junior year in 2016, Sophia left Arcadia to move to Chicago to study and perform comedy. During her time away Sophia produced shows and performed at theaters like Second City, iO and The Annoyance. During the 2020 pandemic, Sophia made the decision to return to Arcadia to finish her degree to transition her career to focus more on Publishing and Screenwriting. She hopes that through this project, she can bring her great-grandfather’s story to life and explore the boundaries of “truth” in storytelling.

Diving into a true story and adapting it for the screen, I plan to explore the boundaries of “truth” and “art” and their relationship to each other in regards to storytelling. How much of the truth can be sacrificed or elaborated so that it can still be able to have that gleaming title card “Based on a True Story”. Which and whose truth matters the most?