HI, I'M VIA BIA!
WHO IS VIA?
The humid asphalt of Long Island, New York.
A young girl raised in a multi-generational Evangelical Puerto Rican and Jewish family where God was in charge, and by that, I mean my abuela.
I learned a lot in those days.
How to cut an avocado; how to memorize a Bible verse by turning it into a rap;
and how to mix English, Yiddish, and Puerto Rican slangs into one devastating diss.
Most people never knew how deep that diss went, but I knew... I knew.
I left Long Island and religion a while back yet their imprints have persisted
through moves to Philadelphia, Mexico City, DC, and Los Angeles,
where I've worked as a teacher, in social justice non-profits, and now, in filmmaking.
Through filmmaking, I've been able to explore the emotional truths from my past
by creating heightened realities and sprinkling in magical realism.
I've been fortunate to have projects go through labs with Sundance, Cine Qua Non (sponsored by AMPAS), and the Stowe Story Labs.
One of my films, THESE COLORS DON’T RUN,
about a little girl's first communion day gone down the shitter,
was supported by Kodak and distributed by HBO.
My latest project, POST COMEDY,
about a stand-up comic living in the shadow of her past,
will premiere later this year.
In the works are LA JUANA and BRIDGE, two shorts I produced,
and CHRISTMAS HANGOVER, an absurd holiday rom-com I co-wrote,
now in development with Fear Not Productions.
My dream is to staff on a 1/2 hour comedy or dramedy,
so if you're looking for folks to add to your room, hit me up for my original pilots in the 1/2 hr comedy and dramedy spaces (animated and live-action);
or if you'd prefer tv specs, shorts and features, I got those too - just gimme a shout!
THESE COLORS DON'T RUN
Via Bia: Writer | Producer | Director
Starring: Maggie Celeste, Neyla Cantu, and Yesenia Garcia
Producers: Wilson Smith and Michael Tully
DP: Yuta Yamaguchi
The story of a first communion gone down the shitter.
Via Bia: Co-Writer | Producer | Director
Starring | Co-Writer | Producer: Jax Baires
DP: Kunitaro Ohi
A comedian's set is interrupted by the one thing she never jokes about... her past trauma.
Via Bia: Creative Producer
Written | Produced | Directed | Edited: Anayamel
Starring: TeCheetah López
DP: Erin G. Wesley
Stuck in her time capsule of a home, an aging cabaret singer
spends the day lost in fantasies of her former life and loves.
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