The Olivia Experiment

director Sonja Schenk and writer Alexandra Komisaruk are former film school rooommates who decided to make a movie.  In a mere 13-day shoot on 5D cameras, they produced "The Olivia Experiment."


Mansfield Films' "The Olivia Experiment" has played at film festivals and is enjoying an exciting run of screenings on college campuses around the world.


The film takes on issues of sexual orientation and

restrictive labels in a heartfelt way.  Available here







Sonja Schenk, director and co-producer of "The Olivia Experiment", is a visual artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Los Angeles.  She began as a video artist and has since turned to painting and sculpture while continuing to work as a filmmaker.  She has been an executive producer on popular TV series including “The Bachelor”, “The Bachelorette” and “High School Reunion.”  She has exhibited films and video installations at festivals and galleries including the AFI Festival, Dances With Films, New Langton Arts, Artists Space in New York, the St. Louis International Film Festival and others. Recent visual art exhibitions include the Vincent Price Art Museum, the Berkeley Art Center, the San Diego Art Institute, Tarfest LA, Cerritos College Art Gallery, and the Musee du Papier Peint in Switzerland.  Her work has been featured in NY Arts Magazine, the Eastbay Express, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, and at  She holds an MFA in Film from USC and a BA in Visual Arts and Communications from UCSD.  She also studied fine art in France at the Université de Bordeaux.  She is co-author of The Digital Filmmaking Handbook.





Alexandra Komisaruk, screenwriter and co-producer of  “The Olivia Experiment”, is a four-time Emmy nominee for editing (”The Academy Awards”), and has edited TV programming for ABC, CBS, NBC and cable networks.  Screenwriting credits include the Lifetime thriller “Living With the Enemy" and ABC’s “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”.  She recently produced the acclaimed comedy-drama web series “A Whole New Irving,” winner of two 2017 International Academy of Web Television Awards (Best Lead Actor, Best Ensemble Cast), and winner of Out of the Can's Best Comedy Web Series Award.  Her feature editing credits include documentaries “Dirt! The Movie” (PBS), “Perfect Daughter” (Lifetime), “The Hadza:  Last of the First” on which she is also a producer, and narrative feature “omaha:  the movie”.   She has taught undergraduate editing at Chapman University.  A native Californian, she holds an MFA in cinema-television from USC and a BA in English from Wellesley College.