Sometimes it takes losing everything to find your voice. 

Ariel Sobel is an award-winning writer & filmmaker who tells coming-of-age stories centered around just that. 

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. 

After accepting a full merit scholarship to the University of Southern California, she became the first student to graduate from both its John Wells Writing for Screen & Television and Film Production programs. At USC, her feature ASSEMBLANCE OF TRUTH won the Marguerite Roberts Screenwriting Award while her short, FLASH, was awarded the Jeffrey Jones Scholarship for Excellence in Writing.

Her feature adaptation of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO that will be executive produced by James Franco in Spring of 2018. 

Born with her heart bleeding down her sleeve, Ariel 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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