Born and raised in Charlottesville, VA, I went to Albemarle High School and graduated in 2001. I went on to attend the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce and graduated in 2006. I started working in town as a retail manager, simply because the job market in Charlottesville is horrible. My friends all went on to work as investment bankers in NY, off to big accounting firms, or to work for hedge funds in D.C. Meanwhile, I produced my first documentary, Drinkin101 “We Drinkin, Not Drivin,” which was about three locals who loved to drink and have a good time. I focused on sending a positive message, “Its okay to drink, just don’t drive.” I believe that this relates more to young adults and gets through to them better then just saying, “don’t drink and drive.”
Later, I was in a freak accident on the way to work on June 16, 2007. I broke my neck and wrist, and I had a 9″ laceration on my head all the way down to my skull. I received over 10 staples and too many stitches to count. After that day I realized that life is to short not to be doing what you love to do. While I was still in a neck-brace and cast I shot and produced my second documentary, “The Real Beach Week,” which was a “Real World” style documentary of 14 people, living in a house for 1 week. This film went on to have much success before I decided to pull it from distribution because it’s not redemptive.
I then started filming weddings, special events, music videos, and I worked for John Paul Jones Arena as an independent contractor for Video Production. After an inspiring trip to Italy in early April 2008, I decided that there is nothing like making films, film is what I love to do and I will make films for the rest of my life. Since then, I have been working full time on my dream to produce quality films based on true experiences that relate to people, have the ability to inspire, and reach a mass audience. To me, film is the most powerful means of expression and in 2008 I directed/wrote/produced my first narrative short film with NO BUDGET “Money Ain’t A Thing”. Which later on in 2010 was an official selection of the Virginia Film Festival and played to a SOLD OUT crowd at the Vinegar Hill Theater here in Charlottesville.
Currently, I work full time as a Producer/Director/Shooter for Filament Productions working with Dave Matthews Band and Tim McGraw on Promotional Videos and Touring Video Content. I was also the Assistant Video Director for Nashville Rising, a benefit concert for flood relief in Nashville, TN with over 19 of the top artists in the music industry. I am using my business background to be successful in the independent film and music industry. My name is Bryan Bieber, and I am not just another filmmaker.