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.    

Ariel graduated magna cum laude from the USC School of Cinematic Arts as the first student to earn a BFA in Writing for Screen & Television and BA in Film Production. As a Trustee Scholar, she won the Marguerite Roberts Screenwriting Award, Jeffrey Jones Scholarship for Excellence in Writing, and co-wrote a feature to be executive produced by James Franco. 

Her screenplay "Assemblance of Truth" just advanced to the Semi-finals of the Academy Nicholls Fellowship.

Featured by The Advocate, ScholasticThe Huffington Post, film festivals, museums, and feminist zines, Ariel’s work celebrates coming-of-age and out of tragedy. 

Her TED Talk, Losing My Artistic License is available now.

Photography by Akshay Kumar

Photography by Akshay Kumar


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