"Walid Chaya is a rising star and voice for the Arab community creating content that empowers and entertains."
"Walid Chaya is an outstanding storyteller. He loves to make films that defy the trends of harmful stereotyping and promote modernity, peace, and harmony."
The Inscriber Magazine
"Walid Chaya is shaping the Hollywood landscape to include underrepresented groups in film & television."
Original Projects / Loglines:
THE BARENT TRAP
Feature Film, Comedy, 120 min.
When an arranged marriage brings a closeted Lebanese music teacher to Los Angeles, he switches places with his long-lost twin who unintentionally falls for the bride-to-be while meeting their estranged parents.
Stage Musical, Dramedy, 55 min.
Lulu, a 13 year old American immigrant who dreams of being a famous performer, is visited by versions of her past, present & future on the night of her 13th birthday as she prepares to audition for the TalentUSA competition at her school and learns to embrace her cultures and creativity.
BREAKING THE I.C.E.
Short Film, Action-Drama, 20 min.
Kareem, a displaced Syrian lawyer, must save the day when ICE Agents raid the homes of displaced immigrants in his Los Angeles apartment complex.
CHILDREN'S THEATRE SERIES
One-Act Plays, Comedy/Dramedy, 45 min.
Classic stories go from page to stage in these contemporary adaptations performed by kids, for kids. Selections: Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, Despicable You, Frozen Freezin’ Queen, Jungle Book, Mulan’s Great Adventure, Pitch Perfection, The Greatest Showkid, The Lion Queen.
DRIVING MS. SAUDI
Short Film, Comedy, 2 min.
Inspired by the #women2drive moment, a son must help his Saudi mother put her future in drive when she panics in the driver's seat for the first time. drivingmssaudifilm.com
FACEBOOK, THE MUSICAL
Stage Musical, Comedy, 60 min.
Life on campus doesn’t work out when Facebook takes over the minds of students, but it’s so addicting, even aliens want in.