Sneaky Little Sister Films is a video production and motion graphics company in Oakland. We make videos that:
- explain a product or a service,
- tell a story or a history,
- entertain and enlighten.
So if you need to explain something to a group of people, maybe an animation or video can help. We’re happy to talk it over!
Kia Simon, an award-winning filmmaker, started Sneaky Little Sister Films in 2004 in Oakland, California, with a focus on motion graphics and narrative storytelling. Kia says “The design we create should always be telling the story, not distracting from it. It’s always about the ideas that are being communicated.” In addition to mastering new design tools and methods, Kia enjoys learning about new topics and fields through her work. Kia recruits and cultivates artists with diverse design styles and sensibilities, helping them to improve and grow their skills.
Kia’s narrative films, music videos and documentaries have played in festivals all over the world. Her documentary Looking for Sly won awards for Best Short Doc at SXSW, LA International Short, and Tortured Artist Film Festival. Her music videos have been in rotation on MTV, and won awards from Zoie Fest and Berkeley Film Festival. The Pacific Pioneer Fund awarded her the Emerging Filmmaker Grant. Both PBS’s video i and Varnish Art Gallery in San Francisco have presented retrospectives of her work. She participated in AFI’s Women Director’s Workshop and in Film Independent’s Director’s Lab and Fast Track Program.
Eva Hesse Created animated sequences, chapter titles, and photo animations for this feature documentary about the sculptor Eva Hesse.
Kabluey Created the opening title and credit animations for this feature film starring Lisa Kudrow and Directed by Scott Prendergast.
Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone Created animated sequences for a series of historical sections in this feature documentary, and managed a team of illustrators and designers to meet an ambitious deadline.
Lipstique Directed this music video for San Francisco producer Silence Fiction, starring internationally famous drag queens including Fauxnique and Peaches Christ. Lipstique screened at festivals around the world including: Frameline, BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Milan GBLT Film Festival, Brussels Pink Screens, Southwest Lesbian and Gay and more.