Bianka WidaKay is a Brazilian born filmmaker residing in New York City since 2000. The first taste of the entertainment industry she's ever experimented was at the age of fourteen producing coveted dance parties far out in the woods for 2K+ guests, orchestrating crew and talent, hunting for sponsors, handling graphic design and advertising printing, all in an era that preceded cell phones, the internet and the Adobe takeover.
Bianka attributes her authentic style to a nonacademic background and hands-on training she received at community-based Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Her storytelling artistry is greatly credited by years of exposure to Humanistic Psychology (her choice of subject in college), language interpreting at multiple offices of the City of New York, and liaising for the culturally diverse environment of the United Nations; such exposure as a dialogue facilitator have sculpted her distinctive narrative style. Other visual art influences include working for several years as the first assistant for internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Daniel Senise, to hand-painting gelatin silver print photographs of fine art photographer and former husband Andre Cypriano. An avid Salsa dancer, Bianka acclaims her praised video editing pacing to the rhythmicality acquired over the years of extensive training in Afro-Cuban Casino and Mambo dance.
In her current capacity, Bianka directs documentaries, promo and demo videos and NOISE - an ongoing TV series that airs on selected public access channels in New York City which portrays side and angle relationships of New Yorkers. Additionally Bianka serves as a media team member for the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College [Puerto Rican Voices-Se. 4 airing on CUNY TV], and the producer of the medical TV Show Objetivo Tu Salud [Se. 3], that airs weekly on the TV network Telemundo. She is also a selection panel member of 21 Islands Intl Short Film Fest, which in partnership with PRTT-Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, showcases films from island nations, territories and states all around the world, to express cultural, philosophical, social and aesthetic notions of island life. Past collaborations range from films to commercials.
Bianka lives in midtown Manhattan with her daughter and Harlem, their rescued stray cat. When she's not working Bianka is dancing salsa and traveling – concomitantly.
Dora Dias is a motion designer storyteller born in the South Bronx and raised by women from her family and her community who took turns to care for their children in between their shifts as seamstresses. Dora calls herself a modern seamstress who has replaced her ancestor’s scissors with photoshop to stitch the narratives that she records and patch them together with other mediums.
While on her quest to acquire media education, Dora attends Manhattan Neighborhood Network, a community-oriented training program, where she meets Bianka in a video production class. During a group exercise they were required to create an imaginary production plan. Throughout its development, Bianka (an experienced Salsa dancer) convinces Dora to use hours of interview footage that she has been collecting over the years in search of her father – a musician who abandoned the family to tour the world during the golden age of Salsa. The project unexpectedly gains an instant audience and the duo found Production Gurls to continue producing what they call Salsa Stories.
Dora enjoys both spectrums of the self-creation she designed for herself – the backbone of Production Gurls who writes Salsa Stories, and the hopeless introvert fully committed to continue expanding her growing love for Salsa, both music and dance forms.
TV + FILM PRODUCTION
IN ALL STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT
Includes Hardware + Software
Create Concept + Style
Direct Crew + Talent
Oversee Set Design
Shotlists + Production Plan
Behind The Scenes
Film, Fashion, Music Videos
Premiere Pro CC
After Effects CC