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VIVA BIANCA

storyteller

 

A BIT ABOUT ME

I'm the daughter of a Polish film composer and an Australian visual artist, and so growing up, our dining room provided a rotating round table for writers, musicians, film directors and producers, actors, still life models and artists. Inspired by these colorful characters, their impromptu performances--I recall a singer from Riverdance standing on the table, vodka shot in hand, and singing in duel octaves, and red wine-infused political frissons, I began writing.


At first my efforts resulted in theatrical performances in our living room in which I'd coerce my brother and cousins to star and for which I'd sell real tickets. Then, somewhere along the way, I made the sensible decision to make a career out of it.


I'm an actress-turned-writer/director/producer living in Los Angeles. Having starred in the Starz series Spartacus (2010-2012), alongside Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin in Blind (2017), opposite Maggie Grace, Elizabeth McGovern and Uzo Aduba in Showing Roots (Lifetime 2017), and with Luke Hemsworth in The Reckoning (Cannes 2014), in 2019 I completed my MFA: Writing at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia). This academic milestone--which was many years in the making, thanks to the incoming traffic of TWO beautiful babies--finally officiated my professional sea-change from in front of the camera to behind it.

As a filmmaker and writer--whether on screen or in an editorial or publishing context--I'm committed to a new paradigm in storytelling: the female gaze.


Much of my work as an editor at SheRa Mag, a feminist millennial women's pop culture blog, for instance, focused on young women’s mental and physical health (including body image and identity), sex and relationships—through an intersectional lens, and profiled female empowering role models in pop culture. Milkshake Girls, a short film that I wrote, directed and produced in partnership with AnnaLynne McCord’s organization, Together1Heart, is an exposé into the youth sex trafficking epidemic in the United States, and won Best Director and Best Short Film at the London Independent Film Awards (2019), was shortlisted for Sundance Film Festival (2019), and in the Official Selection at LA International Short Film Festival (2019, Oscar and BAFTA qualifying), Madrid International Film Festival (won Best Supporting Actor, 2019) and won The Audience Award at Cardiff International Film Festival (2019). In partnership with Awareness is Power, I'm currently directing a documentary project about the youth climate strikes in the U.S--a movement largely led by girls and young women and one that defines their generation.

My work is not exclusively femme-centric, however. For Life & News, for instance, I produced ‘A Conversation with Keith Krach,’ a series in which I interview the now Under Secretary of State and former Chairman and founder of DocuSign, Keith Krach (July 2019) and throughout which we discuss 'transformational leadership,' versus traditional (or transactional) leadership. And for Bullett Media I interviewed Deepak Chopra and Gotham Chopra upon the release of Gotham's documentary film, Decoding Deepak.

My love affair with language and the storytelling process is what drives me, creative collaboration is what elevates me, and my curiosity with medium and form is what keeps me honest.

 
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MILKSHAKE GIRLS

July 26, 2019

Inspired by true events, Milkshake Girls  is an 18-minute short film that tells the story of teen cousins, Jess and Stella, who are talent scouted outside of a milkshake store, only to quickly find themselves enslaved in the illicit underground world of sex trafficking.

Watch the Teaser here.

 

"We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives."

Toni Morrison

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