• HELLO, MY NAME IS VIA

    I'm an LA-based filmmaker, who grew up on Long Island

    in a Puerto Rican, Jewish, and Evangelical multi-generational home.

    Drama abounded, but at least there were bagels and plantains!

     

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

    the Stowe Story Labs,

    and Cine Qua Non's Feature Revision Lab.

    My first film, THESE COLORS DON’T RUN,

    was shot on a Super 16 (real film!) and distributed by HBO,

    and I have another short,

    POST COMEDY,

    which is wrapping post-production.

     

    I love writing about cursey Latinas breaking down walls

    and coming to terms with their pasts

    (I've got a 1/2 hour comedy animated pilot; 1/2 hour dramedy pilot,

    and lots of shorts and features in this space),

    and I'm also stoked about a new short I'm producing

    called LA JUANA, by Anayamel.

    It's a visual love letter to romantic Latin culture

    about a former cabaret singer 

    who lives life OUT LOUD with all her being.

    Oh! And there’s CHRISTMAS HANGOVER,

    an absurdist holiday rom-com Carrie Wachob and I wrote, and is in development with 5x5 Productions.

    I can't wait to share more soon!

  • 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.

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

    Vulture Interview with Jenny Nelson about how comedy influences my Twitter

    Funnytweeter.com selected tweet

    Click on the imbedded link or 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 hyperlink above or 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 hyperlink above or Mashable logo, and scroll to the tweet by @viadear.

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

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

    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]

    TCDR is part of Northern Virginia Magazine's #2 "culture story" of 2017. 😍🎥😍

    "Local filmmakers such as Via Bia shine a light on the overlooked [short movie] art form, earning accolades for films that are written in our own neighborhoods..."

    [click on Northern VA Mag hyperlink above to read more]

    The DCist turns its eye towards TCDR’s new place in HBO’s lineup, and into what makes Via tick...

    "I think America has yet to live up to this thing they say they’re all about, which is equality."

    Interviewed for Final Draft article about the Austin Film Festival by Asmara Bhattacharya

    "I feel... focused on writing work that is uncynical with honest emotionality."

    An article I wrote for Stowe Story Labs on my favorite films of 2017.

    "[QUEST is a story about] holding tightly to each other and contending with an America that doesn't always care how good you are or how hard you work. It is filled with love and truth."

  • THESE COLORS DON'T RUN

    Trailer

    Check it out!

    Official Trailer for HBO Latino!

    The story of a first communion gone down the shitter.

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