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WVIA hosts live ‘Short Takes’ watch-along with filmmakers and producers virtually on Jan. 13

WVIA hosts live ‘Short Takes’ watch-along with filmmakers and producers virtually on Jan. 13
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From a press release:

WVIA’s production division VIA Studios Global will present a “VIA Short Takes” watch-along on Wednesday, Jan. 13 where viewers will get to ask the series creators and producers questions live.

Geared towards aspiring and seasoned filmmakers alike, the panel will feature the award-winning team discussing the process of making documentaries for broadcast and digital production/distribution. They will share never before heard stories, insights, and participate in a hosted question and answer session that is free to anyone who joins in on WVIA’s Facebook page at 7 p.m.

The discussion will be moderated by Chris Zellers, VSG Director of Digital. Panelists include:

  • Ben Payavis II, Chief Content Officer and producer
  • Kris Hendrickson, producer/director
  • Jim Donnelly, producer/director
  • Neil Prisco, creative director
  • John Mikulak, producer/director whose short won a 2020 Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy Award

“VIA Short Takes” is a web series produced locally by Via Studios Global in Inkerman. Featuring topics ranging from dramatic and edgy to cute, quirky, thrilling, and more, “Short Takes” aims to provide an entertaining look at the people and places that make Pennsylvania (and beyond) so unique. This series is created by VSG’s award-winning team of producer/directors, offering fresh insights and engaging content in a cinematic indie documentary style.

The new season of VIA Short Takes premieres next Wednesday, Jan. 20 and features stories on PM Magazine, the Eagles Mere toboggan slide, the Waverly Underground Railroad, Lithuanian Easter eggs, and more.

For more information and to watch previous seasons of “VIA Short Takes,” visit

VIA Public Media in Pittston, the PBS and NPR affiliate for Northeastern Pennsylvania, educates, inspires, entertains, and fosters citizenship, diverse cultures, and perspectives to nurture community.

WVIA-TV can be found on over-the-air antenna on channel 44 and on all major network providers in Northeast Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley. WVIA carries PBS Kids programming all day on its second channel, 44.2; corresponding educational resources for PBS Kids programming can also be found at