Christina Raia developed an interest in film very early on as a child. She began writing stories at age five and wrote her first screenplay, or what she thought was a screenplay, by age nine. She knew her love for movies was something bigger than just an interest when a video camera was first placed in her hands at the age of 13. It was from that point forward that her passion in life was clearly defined. In high school, she attempted to make two "feature films" with a cast of her friends and a crew of one, but those never quite panned out. After high school, she took a year off and honed in on her writing. She won a couple of online video contests and put the money towards funding her first big project. She enrolled in Hunter College in 2008 and made her first independent short, "Do Over," the summer after her freshman year. She graduated with honors as a Film Production major in 2012.
As the Founder and Team Director of CongestedCat Productions, she has completed nearly a dozen independent narrative short films and a pilot, all as director and producer (the majoirty of which she was also the writer). She wrapped production on her first feature film, Summit, in February of 2013. It premiered in 2015 and won Best Horror Film at the Manhattan Film Festival and Best Director at the Rhode Island International Film Festival (Horror Vortex Fest); it also screened at the Scare-A-Con Film Festival, Unreal Film Festival and Macabre Faire Film Festival (winning Best Sound). Shortly after wrapping Summit, she directed and co-produced the web series "Kelsey," written by team member Kelsey Rauber. Since premiering in September 2013, the series has garnered an exceptional amount of hits and rave reviews by Critics. Her work and approach as a writer/director have been covered in mainstream and film media, including Indiewire, BuzzFeed and AfterEllen.
She is excited to have a talented and committed group of people to work with, and is incredibly grateful to call those same people her closest friends. She plans to continue building the CongestedCat team as the content produced continues to grow. She also turned her desire to foster collaboration and support in the local film community into IndieWorks, a film series showcasing the work of independent filmmakers in New York. She is currently in pre-production for her second feature film, "About a Donkey" (another collaboration with her "Kelsey" producing partner Kelsey Rauber).