The trailer above was cut by HBO Latino cuz HBO PICKED UP OUR MOVIE, Y'ALL! If you wanna peep the "classic" trailer for THESE COLORS DON'T RUN, just look below!

  • Story

    The tale of a first communion day gone down the shitter.

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    Cool Facts!

    With an ALL-FEMALE, 80% Latina cast,

    this film explores

    one morning,

    in the life of a young girl bound by rules,

    who only wants to add a little color to her life... and how that morning changed her 4eva.


    We shot on an ARRI Super 16 camera - that's right - REAL FILM!

  • Production Team and Cast

    We've got top notch people!

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    Via Bia


    Alumna of Sundance's Latino Screenwriting Project (a script lab for Latino screenwriters), Cine Qua Non Lab (supported by AMPAS), and past winner of the Virginia Screenwriting Competition, Via works on indie productions, as a script consultant, and a conflict transformation workshop facilitator.

    She's developed projects with Stage 13 (Warner), Tangerine Entertainment, YouTuber Eddie G, and more. Her latest short,

    Post Comedy, is on the festival circuit, and her co-written, drunken holiday rom-com, Christmas Hangover, was recently optioned.

    These Colors Don't Run is Via's directorial debut, receiving film stock support from Kodak, and grants from the Arlington Commission for the Arts, and the Love Your Shorts Film Festival.

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    Michael Tully


    After his directorial debut, Cocaine Angel, world premiered at the 2006 International Film Festival Rotterdam, Michael Tully was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. His follow-up, Silver Jew, world premiered at the 2007 South By Southwest Film Festival. In 2011, he wrote, directed, and acted in Septien, which world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by Sundance Selects. In 2014, Ping Pong Summer, featuring Susan Sarandon and Amy Sedaris, world premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Michael is the founding editor of Hammer To Nail, a website devoted to championing ambitious cinema. His latest feature-length production, Don't Leave Home, premiered at SXSW in March 2018, and can now be seen on streaming platforms.

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    Wilson Smith


    After working with directors such as Terrence Malick, Jeff Nichols, and Jason Reitman, Wilson produced his first feature film in 2014: Krisha, written and directed by Trey Edward Shults. Krisha went on to win both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for Narrative Feature at SXSW, and was selected for the 2015 Cannes Critics Week. Krisha was also awarded the John Cassavetes Award at the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards. Wilson recently worked on the production team for David Bellarosa's Here We Are; Lonely People by Jack Mayer; as well as Trey Edward Shults’ sophomore feature, It Comes At Night.

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    Yuta Yamaguchi

    Director of Photography

    An award-winning cinematographer, Yuta's filmography includes movies that have screened at Cannes in 2010, 2011, and 2014. Yuta was lauded by Indiewire for his, “striking visual work” on Ya'Ke Smith's Wolf, which premiered at SXSW and won the Panavision Best Texas Feature Film Award at the Dallas International Film Festival. Yuta also served as the Associate Producer on August Evening, which won the John Cassavetes Award at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards. Bilingual in English and Japanese, Yuta is a graduate of the Radio-Television-Film program at the University of Texas.

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    Jodi Gibson


    Editor of Fishbelly White - a Special Jury Prize Winner at Sundance, and Winner at Aspen Shortsfest, - Jodi draws on her extensive experience as a screenwriter in the editing room. Her most recent project, the PBS historical documentary, The Jewish Journey: America, highlights not only her ease with integrating archival footage, but her skill with editing music. Jodi has worked with Al Jazeera, HGTV, MSNBC, among others. Jodi teaches screenwriting at Brooklyn College.

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    Eric Friend

    Composer and Sound Editor

    Sound designer, engineer, and composer for the past twenty years, Eric has worked with Richard Linklater, Mike Judge, Todd Rohal, and clients like MTV, 20th Century Fox, ABC, Comedy Central, Sony, Nickelodeon, and Sesame Street. Eric's work has been featured at film festivals like Sundance, SXSW, Venice, Cannes, Berlin, Tribeca, Los Angeles, Dallas, Austin, and more. As a musician, Eric has played keyboards and toured with the band Spoon, and currently plays with The Reivers. His compositions have been in feature films, documentaries, television, commercials, and radio.

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    "Young Yola"

    Maggie Celeste

    On the day of Yola's first holy communion, it's her job to be a good girl and keep her dress pure white. But when she sneaks out of her house, a whole world of colorful food, magic markers, and freedom awaits.

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    "Adult Yola"

    Neyla Cantu

    Beneath the roughneck quips and thick eyeliner may be something more vulnerable...

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    Yesenia Garcia

    Rules keep you safe. Safe and closer to God, and both those things are wonderful.

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    Lisa Suarez

    A special gift from Yola's sly grandmother sends her on a mini-odyssey of discovery.

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    Kelly Cameron

    Stick to the questions I ask you and we'll get through this interview a lot faster!

  • Screenings

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    World Premiere at the DC Shorts Film Festival in September 2017

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    New York Premiere at the New York Latino Film Festival sponsored by HBO October 2017

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    Texas Premiere at the Austin Film Festival in October 2017

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    Southeast Premiere at the Cucalorus Festival in November 2017

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    Official Selection of the High Falls Film Festival in November 2017

    I love that HFFF focuses on women's voices and movies shot on film :)

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    Official Selection of the Borrego Springs Film Festival in January 2018

    Just east of Hellhole Palms, CA, and the Anza-Borrego Desert, is this dark-sky town festival. Pretty dang rad!

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    Official Selection of the Rosebud Film Festival in January 2018

    Psyched to be part of this festival sponsored by Arlington Independent Media cuz I'm all about keeping our media independent and open to the public!

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    Official Selection of the San Diego Latino Film Festival - March 2018

    For 25 years, this festival has been at the forefront of providing media representation for Latinx audiences and we're proud to be a part of their familia.

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    Official Selection of the Houston Latino Film Festival - March 2018

    As one of the most culturally diverse cities in America, Houston knows how important it is to tap into stories of people who have historically been left out of our country's wider narrative - and that, for me, is what it's all about.

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    Official Selection of the 2018 WIFTI Short Film Showcase

    Women In Film and Television International is a professional organization of female filmmakers with chapters all over the world. These Colors Don't Run is excited to represent WIFV DC as it screens at Women In Film showcases throughout 2018.

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    Official Selection of the 2018 Indie Grits Festival

    April 2018

    A wondrous festival in Columbia, SC, boasting works by Southeastern filmmakers, puppeteers, musicians, and more — they’re committed to including more voices of women and Latinx filmmakers, and to that I say, “yeah dawg!”

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    Distributed through HBO and Hulu (2018-202)

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    Curated for their "Reclamation" film series - Summer 2018

    Part of a legit slate of feminist film curated by TriBeCa, Stowe Story Labs, Seed & Spark, and more. These Colors Don't Run screens during the "Women And Family" week.

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    Screened at "Latinx Film Night" - September 2019

    Part of this DC indie theater's shorts night filled with beautiful Latinx films!

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    We're headed to a NATIONAL MUSEUM, holy moly!

    Mil gracias to the Spain Culture & Arts (Spanish Embassy) film series, "Mujeres de Cine," and the National Museum for Women In The Arts for inviting us to screen and be part of a directors conversation on Nov 6, 2019 with Celia Rico Clavellino and her exquisite feature, VIAJE AL CUARTO DE UNA MADRE.

  • News And Articles

    Reviews, Interviews, Etc

    Click on logo to go to mini review of our film!

    "... a film with self-discovery

    at its heart"

    Click on logo above, and once on Washington CityPaper's site, scroll down for review :)

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

    Click on NoVa Magazine's logo for article about DC Shorts, focusing on These Colors Don't Run!

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

    We Are Moving Stories gets personal about These Colors Don't Run and Via Bia (click on logo above to read interview)

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

    Thank you for the shout-out, Kodak - we loved shooting on film! (click on Kodak logo to read post)

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    "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."

    TCDR is part of Northern Virginia Magazine's #2 "culture story" of 2017! (click on NOVA Mag hyperlink to read more)

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

    The DCist charts Via’s path from reading Screenwriting For Dummies, to having These Colors Don’t Run included in HBO’s lineup

  • With Generous Support By

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    Arlington Arts Spotlight Grant Recipient


    THESE COLORS DON'T RUN is supported in part by Arlington County through Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development, and the Arlington Commission for the Arts.

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    Love Your Shorts Film Production Grant


    Awarded the 2016 Love Your Shorts' Production Grant for short films.

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    Kodak Film


    Super 16 film support

  • Poster Magic

    Coming atchya live and in color!

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    Big ups to Austin-based artist, Neil Cook, for creating a dope poster!

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