Sometimes it takes losing everything to find your voice.

ARIEL SOBEL is a nationally-recognized writer, filmmaker, and TEDx talker whose work centers around just that. 

In 2019, Sobel won the Bluecat Screenplay Competition (2,755 entries) and was a finalist in the Script Pipeline Competition (top 10 out of 4,000.) Previously she was a semifinalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.

Currently, Sobel is a columnist at The Jewish Journal and The Emerald Magazine.

She also has bylines in Haaretz, Buzzfeed News, Out Magazine, The Forward, Tablet, Hey Alma, The Huffington Post,,Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and The Advocate. 

Sobel also produced content in partnership with the LA Lakers, Planned Parenthood, Mercedes, Carnival Cruises, Sundance, Adobe, SYFY, HBO, and STARZ.  

For The Advocate, Sobel produced, wrote, and directed videos garnering over 200k views, including the webseries WORLD VIEW, hosted by Queer Eye's Karamo Brown.

Sobel graduated from the University of Southern California as the first student to earn dual degrees in Writing for Screen & Television and Film Production. While studying on a full-tuition merit scholarship, she won the Jeffrey Jones Scholarship for Excellence in Writing and Marguerite Roberts Screenwriting Award.

When news broke that Ariel's doctor – the only full-time gynecologist at her university – had abused hundreds of patients she founded Justice For Trojans, a hotline that helps victims get legal and mental health resources. 

The organization sponsored a march to hold all those complicit in years of documented misconduct accountable which featured speeches from women's rights attorney Gloria Allred, Project Consent, and Peace over Violence.

Ariel's activism has been covered by the LA TimesKTLACBSYahooUnivisionDaily Trojan, and China Daily. She was also invited to speak on the issue on NPR's All Things Considered.

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