After losing her childhood home in a fire, Ariel transformed ashes into adverbs on the Say Word LA Slam Team, spitting poems on national stages before she could sip at their bars. Across the Pacific, she directed a Chinese Academy Award-Nominated documentary that broke the silence of the lost Sino-Jewish Tribe. 

It took losing everything for Ariel to find her voice; now she spotlights fellow rebuilders.    

A Trustee Scholar from the University of Southern California, she is the first graduate from both its Writing for Screen & Television and Film Production programs. Her short, "Flash", was awarded the Jeffrey Jones Scholarship for Excellence in Writing while her feature "Assemblance of Truth" won the Marguerite Roberts Screenwriting Award and became a Quarterfinalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship. Ariel also partnered with Scholastic to direct "You Asked For It," a short that addresses campus sexual assault. 

Recently, James Franco signed on to executive produce her feature adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo.   

Featured by the California Women’s Festival, Ivy Film Festival, Screencraft, Elite Daily, The Huffington Post, and countless spunky feminist magazines, Ariel’s work celebrates coming-of-age and out of tragedy. 

Born with her heart bleeding down her sleeve, she makes the personal professional, especially in her TED Talk, “Losing My Artistic License.

Photography by Akshay Kumar

Photography by Akshay Kumar


THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO — Feature Adaptation, Co-Writer (Pre-Production, James Franco attached as Executive Producer) 

CAPRI SUNDAY — Short Film, Writer (Post-Production)

FLASH — Short Film, Writer/Director (Post-Production)

MEN IN PRIVATE — TV Pilot, Writer (Development)

LIVED & LOVED — Multimedia Performance Piece, Production Designer (Pre-Production)

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