Dia Sokol Savage directed the award-winning Welcome Strangers, following asylum seekers in the moments after they are released from detention. She also directed and co-wrote the scripted feature Sorry, Thanks, which premiered at SXSW and starred Wiley Wiggins (Dazed and Confused). Lena Dunham wrote of the film “Sokol’s script is as seamless as any studio rom-com—if studio rom-coms had astute, nuanced dialogue ... Sokol has not attempted to feminize Mumblecore. Rather, she has commercialized it—and that’s not a bad thing.”
She is also the creator and executive producer of MTV’s hit series 16 and Pregnant and the Teen Mom franchise, one of the longest running documentary series on television.
Her producing work includes Andrew Bujalski's Mutual Appreciation and Beeswax, for which she was nominated for a 2010 Independent Spirit Award, and most recently his 2022 film There There starring Lili Taylor and Jason Schwartzman. She also produced Greta Gerwig and Joe Swanberg's Nights and Weekends, Alex Karpovsky's Woodpecker, and the social justice documentaries Finding Kendrick Johnson, The Holly and Girl Talk. She began her career working for acclaimed director Errol Morris on The Fog of War, Mr. Death and his television series, First Person.