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 recently 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. There, 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. Ariel also partnered with Scholastic to direct "You Asked For It," a short that addresses campus sexual assault. 

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

Featured by The Advocate, The Huffington Post, numerous film festivals, museums, and poetry slams, 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


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ART-IN-PROGRESS

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)