Holocaust institute impacts educators

Article in the Florida Jewish Journal Miami-Dade Jewish News by Sergio Carmona 200 teachers participate in Institute Teachers from South Florida recently learned different ways to incorporate Shoah studies into their teachings from a variety of speakers during the... read more

Leah Warshawski: Filming Family, Finding Humanity

Click here to read the full article by Alex Landers on Directed By Women. #DirectedbyWomen team member Alex Landers recently had the great fortune to speak with Leah Warshawski, director of the award-winning documentary Big Sonia, as the film’s team works to... read more

‘BIG SONIA’: Film tells survivor’s story and more

Leah Warshawski set out to tell the story of her grandmother, Sonia Warshawski, who is now 91 and one of the Kansas City area’s last Holocaust survivors who speaks publicly about her wartime experience. Leah did tell Sonia’s story, through a documentary film titled... read more

BIG SONIA on New Day NW Today!

Our BIG SONIA segment from New Day Northwest / King 5 today is now live! Watch here or below. Our April 2 screening in Seattle is not stand-by only. April 3 tickets (at The Egyptian Theater) are still available for FREE if you register... read more

March Spotlight via KCFilm

Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday are the brave filmmakers who produced the documentary feature FINDING HILLYWOOD. Through the eyes of Warshawski and Soliday we witness the power of healing through a newly emerging film industry bringing people together in... read more

TedX Twin Falls

Leah Warshawski spoke at the TEDx Twin Falls on February 18th, 2017 about The Survival Generation. More... read more

AJFF: Unforgettable ‘Sonia’ Makes Big Impact

There’s a reason why “Big Sonia” won the prize for best documentary and the audience award at the Napa Valley Film Festival and has been nominated for best documentary in AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards: It’s a charming and emotionally moving film, much like the... read more

Big Sonia Nominated for The Cinema Buzz Movie Trip Awards

Movie Trip TV is proud to announce the film nominees for the 2nd Annual Cinema Buzz Movie Trip Awards hosted by Theresa O’Leary.  The winners will be revealed live at the awards show Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Screenland Tapcade 1701 McGee Street, Kansas City, MO... read more

Big Sonia Nominated For AARP Award

Denzel Washington’s Fences dominated the AARP the Magazine’s Movies for Grownups Award nominations with eight nods, including ones for Washington in the best actor and best director categories. Fences, the 1950s-set drama based on August Wilson’s... read more

‘Big Sonia’: Film Review | Napa Valley 2016

Bottom line: An unforgettable woman refuses to forget in this thoughtful exploration of history’s fallout. The Holocaust survivor profiled in Leah Warshawki and Todd Soliday’s film turned 91 during its premiere run at the Napa Valley Film Festival, where it received... read more

Unpaid Film Critic, Seth Shire

November 21, 2016.  DOC NYC concluded its run of incredible documentaries this past Thursday, November 17. Even though the festival has ended, I am still making my way through the screener links sent to me from the festival’s publicist. These screener links enable me... read more

The Jewish Week – Heads Of The Tribe

Sonia Warshawski knows the exact moment when she decided to go public with her past as a survivor of Auschwitz. She was watching television and saw a group of skinhead Holocaust deniers spouting their line, and a voice in her head said, “This was the reason you... read more

A Tiny Grandma Makes a Big Impact in ‘Big Sonia’

Big Sonia tells the story of Sonia Warshawski, a spunky 89-year-old tailoring shop owner and survivor of the Holocaust. In this interview with KCTS 9, co-directors Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday reflect on family, healing and crazy car rides in Sonia’s pink... read more

Big Sonia: A Grandmother-Granddaughter Conversation

Kansas City — As a child growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, Leah Warshawski caught only rare glimpses of her grandmother, who lived across the state in Kansas City. Around the time of her bat mitzva, as she helped her father in his quest to transcribe his family’s... read more

City Arts – Portrait of a Survivor

Big Sonia, the latest documentary by Leah Warshawski, follows in the socially aware steps of Finding Hillywood, her award-winning 2013 history of the Rwandan film industry. But the Seattle-based filmmaker’s follow-up takes a personal turn: Warshawski’s subject in this... read more

Regina and Sonia on KC Live

KC Live interviewed Regina and Sonia about our upcoming work-in-progress fundraiser through the Kansas City Jewish Film Festival. “Sonia Warshawski shares her unique life and how that was translated into a documentary.” Watch... read more

Big Sonia: Small Stature, Big Charisma

Work Hard. Play Hard. Give Back. That’s the motto of Seattle-based production company Inflatable Film, as well as the husband and wife duo who run it. Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday are currently in post-production on their film, Big Sonia, detailing the life of a... read more

Invited to Pitch at HOT DOCS FORUM

Thrilled to announce that BIG SONIA has been invited to pitch to networks and broadcasters at the HotDocs Forum in Toronto in April. Only 19 projects from around the world were selected, so this is a huge honor! For a full list of selected projects please visit the... read more


With an overwhelming number of votes (more than 1,000 votes in 4 days), YOU helped us prove there is a need for this film in the world. Thank you for your love and support we are... read more

IndieWire Project Of The Day

BIG SONIA : Not Your Typical Holocaust Survivor Film January 21, 2015 Here’s your daily dose of an indie film in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see?... read more

5 Women To Watch

Leah Warshawski did not come upon her career in what might be called a conventional sense: Instead, she stumbled into filmmaking while studying in Hawaii while translating Japanese for tourists on a boat. “I never thought I’d make films or want to make films, but... read more

Metcalf South Shopping Center to Close

Metcalf South Shopping Center will close at 4 p.m. Sept. 19. However, the adjacent Sears store, which is independently owned and operated, will remain open, as well as The Glenwood Arts Theatre. Lane4 Property Group said certain covenants previously prevented the mall... read more

Impact in Profile: Leah Warshawski

At 88 years old, Holocaust survivor Sonia Warshawski still has a lot left to teach us. That’s why her granddaughter, film producer/director Leah Warshawski, has begun shooting a documentary called Big Sonia to share the tenacious octogenarian’s incredible life story... read more