State Film and Music Office Director Plays a Role in the Cherokee Nation
Tava Maloy Sofsky, a film, television and music veteran who led the Oklahoma Film + Music Industry office for several years, has chosen to take on a similar leadership role within the Cherokee Nation.
The Cherokee Nation announced Friday that Sofsky has accepted a position as its new film commissioner. According to a statement, she will take on the dual roles of film commissioner and director of the tribe’s film office. She will oversee the Cherokee Film Incentive program, among other initiatives and efforts to advance industry growth within the Cherokee Nation.
“Tava is among the best film curators in the world,” said Jennifer Loren, director of Cherokee Nation Film and Original Content. “The fact that she is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation who has stood at the forefront of this industry further demonstrates the true breadth of talent within Indian Country. We are thrilled to have Tava join us as we continue to grow and diversify the film and television industry in Oklahoma.
During his tenure at OF+MO, Sofsky oversaw Oklahoma’s $30 million annual movie incentive program and helped expand the talent and crew base and infrastructure of the organization. State to include four certified sound stages.
Sofsky is an Oklahoma native who began his film career in Los Angeles after earning a bachelor’s degree in film and media studies from the University of Oklahoma. She’s worked on major motion pictures and networked with filmmakers and talent ranging from Steven Spielberg and Anthony Hopkins to John Travolta and Jennifer Lopez.
“It’s an honor to be selected for this role alongside Jennifer Loren, which leads me to imagine the endless possibilities we can accomplish with our growing team,” Sofsky said.