Sophia Takal

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Sophia Takal
Born (1986-05-12) May 12, 1986 (age 35)
Alma materBarnard College
  • Actress
  • film director
  • producer
  • film editor
Years active2009-present
Spouse(s)Lawrence Michael Levine

Sophia Takal is an American actress, writer and director, perhaps best known for her work in independent features such as All the Light in the Sky, Supporting Characters and Gabi on the Roof in July. Filmmaker magazine named Takal one of the "25 New Faces of Film" in 2011.[1] She directed and co-wrote the 2019 remake of the 1974 horror film Black Christmas.[2]

Early life[edit]

Takal is from Montclair, New Jersey.[3]


Takal has worked on and starred in numerous independent films, some associated with the mumblecore movement.[4]

In March 2011, Takal's first directorial effort, Green, was premiered at the South by Southwest Festival and was positively received, winning Takal the festival's Chicken and Egg Emergent Narrative Woman Director prize. She also wrote the film.[5] In 2015, Takal directed another feature-length film, Always Shine. The film stars Mackenzie Davis, Caitlin FitzGerald, and her husband Lawrence Michael Levine.[6]

Takal and her husband operate a production company called Little Teeth Pictures.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Takal is married to the filmmaker Lawrence Michael Levine, a frequent collaborator and co-star.[8] She studied film at Vassar before graduating from Barnard College.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Gabi on the Roof in July Gabi Also producer
2011 Green Robin Also writer and director
2011 The Zone Sophia
2011 The International Sign for Choking Anna
2011 Cat Scratch Fever Anna
2011 V/H/S Stephanie Segment "Second Honeymoon"
2012 Gayby Honey
2012 Supporting Characters Amy
2012 The Men of Dodge City Sophia
2012 All the Light in the Sky Faye
2012 Open Five 2
2013 Molly's Theory of Relativity Molly
2013 Detonator Belle
2013 Hellaware Bernadette
2013 24 Exposures Callie
2013 Cheatin' Ella
2014 God's Pocket Temple Graduate
2014 The Other Men of Dodge City Sophia
2014 Wild Canaries Barri Also producer
2014 Uncle Kent 2 Public Domain Superhero
2015 Devil Town Eve Phillips


Year Title Notes
2011 Green Also writer
2016 Always Shine Also producer
2018 Into the Dark Episode: "New Year, New You"
2019 Black Christmas Also co-writer
2021 One of Us Is Lying 2 episodes


  1. ^ "25 New Faces of Independent Film 2011". Filmmaker. 2011. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  2. ^ Ito, Robert (2019-12-12). "With 'Black Christmas,' Sophia Takal Makes a #MeToo Slasher". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  3. ^ "Montclair Film Festival back next week". April 25, 2014.
  4. ^ "Joe Swanberg selects Sophia Takal". Dazed & Confused. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
    - "'24 Exposures': Mumblecore meets softcore meets big bore". Chicago Sun Times. February 6, 2014.
  5. ^ "In Greenpoint, Life Inspires Art". The Wall Street Journal. May 27, 2011.
  6. ^ "He Said, She Said: How to Work with Your Spouse on an Indie Film and Not Kill Each Other". Indiewire. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  7. ^ "About". Little Teeth Pictures. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  8. ^ "SXSW 2014: Lawrence Levine and Sophia Takal chase 'Wild Canaries'". Los Angeles Times. March 7, 2014.
  9. ^ "Sophia Takal". Filmmaker. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
    - "Sophia Takal '07 writes, directs, and stars in "Green"". Barnard Alumnae. Retrieved September 3, 2014.

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