• HELLO, MY NAME IS VIA

    I'm an alumna of Sundance's Latino Screenwriting Project

    (a script lab for Latino writers),

    and winner of the Virginia Screenwriting Competition,

    both for my feature-length, magical realist script THE RADISH BABY.

     

    Recently, I directed my first short film,

    THESE COLORS DON'T RUN.

    It has an all-female (mostly Latinx) cast, and was shot on real film!

    Screenings in Fall 2017 will be at the

    Austin Film Festival, the New York Latino Film Festival (sponsored by HBO), the Cucalorus Festival, the High Falls Film Festival, and DC Shorts.

     

    I have a strong background in education, social justice, and anthropology/linguistics. I love to write screenplays,

    consult on scripts, create comedy content for Youtube...

    and I'd love to work with you.

     

    My projects have been recognized by:

    Latino Screenwriting Project Fellow 2015

    Selected for a three-day lab to workshop THE RADISH BABY, my feature-length, magical realist script. Sponsored by The Sundance Institute and

    CineFestival San Antonio.

    Tangerine Entertainment Fellowship Finalist for Stowe Story Labs 2015

    Winner of the 2015 Virginia Screenwriting Competition

    The very contest that helped launch Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and Megan Holley's (SUNSHINE CLEANING) careers.

    Fox Writers Intensive Nominee

    Selected by Melissa Silverstein of Women And Hollywood as one of five nominees for the Fox Writers Intensive - a rigorous, four-month curriculum focused on 1) developing original material; 2) learning and honing writing skills for multiple mediums; and 3) exploring the business of media and entertainment.

    Latino Lens

    Short Film Incubator

    One of the final 12 projects in NALIP's 2016 Latino Lens Short Film Incubator for my short project, THESE COLORS DON'T RUN.

    Spotlight Grant Winner

    Recipient of Arlington County and Arlington Cultural Affairs 2016-2017 Individual Artist Grant for my short film project, THESE COLORS DON'T RUN

    Filmmaker Grant Recipient

    Awarded the 2016 Love Your Shorts Film Festival's Production Grant for THESE COLORS DON'T RUN

    DC Shorts Film Festival Premiere

    THESE COLORS DON'T RUN premieres at the 2017 DC Shorts Film Festival :)

    Official Selection of the New York Latino Film Festival 2017

    Sí! THESE COLORS DON'T RUN to screen in October 2017 at NYLFF sponsored by HBO

    Official Selection of the 2017 Cucalorus Festival

    Incredibly stoked for THESE COLORS DON'T RUN to screen at the Cucalorus Festival in November 2017!

    Official Selection of the 2017 Austin Film Festival

    AFF is one of my most favorite festivals (it's where I met many members of my virtual writing group The Writers Bloc) and I'm so glad we're screening our Austin-made film here!

    Official Selection of the 2017 High Falls Film Festival

    A legitimately dope festival focusing on women's narratives and movies shot on film :)

  • NEED A WRITER or help with

    Project conception? 

     

    Here's what I can do...

    • Create a screenplay based on your ideas (or mine if you like!)

     

    • Collaborate on your script as a co-writer; help with a polish; work on any re-writes needed

     

    • Be a, "Cultural Story Consultant" to strengthen your project's cultural content

     

    • Punch up your script's comedy & dialogue

     

    • Show new screenwriters how to translate their stories into scripts

     

    • Help screenwriters find the emotional core of their projects (a conversation & notes process)

     

    • Craft original, engaging content (comedy's my speciality) for your brand/organization
     
    • Present workshops on topics like, "Conflict Transformation for Filmmakers," "How to Write A Short Film Script," and "Basics on Funding Your Low-Budget Indie"
     
    • Write essays on screenwriting, film, arts & culture, travel, education, family life, and more

  • WHY ME?

    Creative

    Beneath the surface, new universes wait.

    "Noticer"

    From subject/verb agreement, to ferreting out the heart of a concept, to your latest haircut, I notice things BIG and small!

    Communicative

    If I have a question, I'll ask. In a concise, non-awkward way.

    Easy To Work With

    Working on film sets, with long-distance writing partners, 

    in schools, office environments, and in the social and criminal justice systems has given me the experience and flexibility to help you realize your goals.

    Fun!

    Writing doesn't have to be like pulling teeth. Unless pulling teeth is your idea of fun - in which case, cool. No judgment!

    Responsible

    Deadlines. Project management. Grant reports. Editing based on notes. I've done all this and more... in a timely manner.

  • Via's FILMOGRAPHY & MEDIA

    A peek into some of my stuff for film and web

    IMDb credits

    Film work as director; writer; producer; wardrobe designer; HMUA.

    The iChancla 5c - An iPhone parody (co-written with Youtube personality, Eddie G.)

    Commissioned to write comedy content for this on-line cultural powerhouse.

    Featured on Funny Or Die's Tweet Roundup

    How did a SPORTS TWEET I wrote get play? By talking about our country's forefathers and a teeny tiny itty bitty piece of the male anatomy.

     

    Click on the Funny or Die logo and scroll to @viadear's entry to see what I wrote.

    Writer for Oh Em Gee, It's Eddie G! He's a Youtube sensation, yo.

    Interview with Splitsider's Jenny Nelson about how comedy influences my Twitter

    Funnytweeter.com selected tweet

    Click on the logo to see the legacy I shall leave my grandchildren.

    Tweet in the comedy section of Paste Magazine :)

    Growing up on Long Island somehow made its way into this tweet about appointing a Supreme Court Justice. (click on the Paste logo then scroll to #13 in the tweet gallery by @viadear)

    Silly theoretical mathematics tweet featured on Mashable.com, y'all!

    What do Trump, Boris Johnson, and Gary Busey all have in common? They're in one of my tweets featured on Mashable.com. Click on the Mashable logo and scroll to the tweet by @viadear.

    Featured Mediator in

    BEYOND CONVICTION 

    by Rachel Libert

    Shown on Oprah and MSNBC. This award-winning documentary spotlights an innovative process between victims and offenders of violent crimes - facilitated dialogues held in prisons - created for both parties to discuss the crime, its effects, and to give and receive answers to their most persistent questions.

    Guest Post for Women In Film & Video: Storytelling at Sundance

    Short essay on the importance and reach of storytellers. Click on Women In Film & Video icon for link ------->

    DMV Filmmaker Interview with Kevin Sampson

    An in-studio conversation on storytelling, early movie influences, culture, and what it's like to be in a Sundance lab.

    Chris Kelly's review of These

    Colors Don't Run at the DC

    Shorts Film Festival

    "... a film with self-discovery at its heart."

    Eliza Berkon's article on DC Shorts, featuring These Colors Don't Run :)

    "... a young girl realizing [her] own independence... explored with humor and honesty..."

    Full-length interview gets personal about These Colors Don't Run and Via (gracias, Carmela Baranowska!)

    "I made my film because stories have the power to humanize."

    Thank you for the shout-out, Kodak - we loved shooting on film!

    "I was looking for a slightly dreamy, cinematic quality that felt like memory itself..."

    [Click on Kodak icon to see post]

  • THESE COLORS DON'T RUN

    Trailer

    Check it out!

    A tattoo'd woman tells the story of how a pack of Sharpie markers conspired to ruin her first holy communion. But is she hiding something more vulnerable?

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