Faculty Biography

Soren SorensenSoren Sorensen, M.A. and M.F.A.

Assistant Professor,Screen Studies
Department of Visual and Performing Arts 
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 1-508-793-7189
Email: ssorensen@clarku.edu

 

B.A., Berklee College of Music, 1998
M.A., Rhode Island College, 2012
M.F.A., Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2019

Soren Sorensen joined the Department of Visual and Performing Arts in Fall 2019. Soren Sorensen received a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music in 1998; an M.A. in Art with a concentration in Media Studies from Rhode Island College in 2012; and an M.F.A. in Film with a concentration in Documentary Production in 2019.

Soren Sorensen is an award-winning filmmaker specializing in documentary film and television with an emphasis on social and cultural issues. His first feature-length documentary, My Father’s Vietnam (2016), combines interviews and never-before-seen photographs and 8mm footage of the era, to tell the story of three soldiers, only one of whom returned home from the Vietnam War alive. The film premiered at the 2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival, where it won the Soldiers and Sacrifice Grand Prize. My Father’s Vietnam is currently available on streaming video-on-demand platforms, and on Blu-ray and DVD. Sorensen’s most recent film is the short documentary, With Dad. Based on the book of the same name by photographer and Clark University Studio Art professor Stephen DiRado, With Dad features DiRado’s still photography, specifically during the painful 20-year period of his father’s decline and eventual death from Alzheimer’s disease. The film premiered at the 2020 Rhode Island International Film Festival, where it won the Youth Jury First Prize for Best Short Documentary. The film also won awards in 2020 at the Houston International Film Festival, the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival, and the Mystic Film Festival. In 2021, With Dad won two awards, for Best Short Documentary and Best Editing, at the Red Dirt Film Festival in Stillwater, OK. Soren is currently in post-production on his second feature-length documentary, on the life and music of the Cuban-born pianist and composer, Omar Sosa.