Hey, I'm Ariel!

Los Angeles, California

Ariel Zucker is fascinated with epic and intimate stories, focused on the very real dramas that plague this world, and the humor that inevitably follows. She's invested in experimenting with varying mediums and values collaboration above all else. By day, Ariel assists groundbreaking female directors in Los Angeles and New York. By night, she directs, produces and writes. She is humbled and blessed to work with the women around her.

Just over a year ago, Ariel earned a B.F.A. in Directing from the John Wells Directing Program (and a minor in Business Administration) at Carnegie Mellon University. There she developed CNT Productions, a production company devoted to creating opportunities for women and POC in roles they don't typically see themselves in, both on and off screen.

She negotiated a small investment on behalf of CNT and was soon able to produce several shorts (one of which she directed, produced, shot and edited that won Best Music Video at Studio City Film Festival). From there she was able to launch the writers room for Not Your Type, a dark sketch comedy web series unlike any other. Every week, a collection of young, diverse writers align to create content they don't believe is represented in today's mainstream media. Her challenge and privilege is to make those works happen.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

In Autumn They Fly Away

Los Angeles Short
Crime, Horror

In Autumn They Fly Away is a crime drama set in the 1950's. A single Mother will stop at nothing for the love and safety of her child.

80%

This project got the green light!

Tryphine

Los Angeles Short
Horror, Thriller

Tryphine is a horror film about a 'disturbed' woman learning English. It is being produced as part of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women.

102%

This project got the green light!

Red: A College of DuPage Short Film

Chicago Short
Comedy, Drama

An alcoholic clown struggles to get his life back on track after the loss of his son.

82%

This project got the green light!

The Pod People

Seattle Short
Horror, Sci-Fi

An apathetic man returns from a night out to discover a hideous growth rapidly spreading throughout his body

105%

This project got the green light!

The Scroll of Morlok

Los Angeles Short
Horror

A film projectionist is tasked with screening a silent horror classic, only to free a 'fictional' ghoul from his celluloid prison.

104%

This project got the green light!

Lolita Express (by Octavia Chavez-Richmond)

Dana Point Short
Drama

6 girls from different walks of life await their abuser on his private island. Only the youngest dares to escape.

86%

This project got the green light!

BLOCKS

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Experimental

A mother of two young children begins to spontaneously vomit LEGO blocks.

101%

This project got the green light!

"410 Stamped"

Baltimore Short
Action, Drama

An unlikely pair of Baltimore teens find themselves together on one wild night against a backdrop of curfews & over-policing.

80%

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BEAM

Los Angeles Short
Action, Sci-Fi

A hapless thief, gifted with a teleportation device, must fulfill one final job in order to save her family.

80%

This project got the green light!

The Lost Comet

Mexico City Short
Drama, Music

Joining narrative film and dance, this story sheds light on a voiceless tragedy while racing through the iconic landmarks of Mexico City.

86%

This project got the green light!

Los Angeless

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, Drama

Los Angeless is an anthology series made up of 9 short films by 15 female filmmakers, set in an authentic, unromanticized version of L.A.

83%

This project got the green light!

Censored

Denton Short
Comedy, Drama

Everything is f***ed up. Everything is cleaned up.

91%

This project got the green light!

CHAR'ACTORS

New York Company
Film-related Business, Filmmaker Resource

The Char'Actors is a company of artists dedicated to the craft of acting and filmmaking. Our mission is to build each member individually &

119%

This project got the green light!

Into The Void - Pilot Episode

Pueblo Series
Drama, Sci-Fi

An inexperienced captain, with a patched together crew and ship, hunts a mysterious vessel at the edge of civilization.

103%

This project got the green light!

Hello From Taiwan

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Family

A Taiwanese American family living in California in the late 1980s struggles to re-unite across cultural and language barriers.

110%

This project got the green light!

Some Southern Waters

Orlando Feature
Fantasy, Mystery

Months after witnessing the death of his girlfriend, a young man meets a mysterious young woman who looks just like the love he lost.

84%

This project got the green light!

Route 91: The Show Must Go On

Los Angeles Feature
Documentary

Route 91 is the story of how one night altered the lives of 22,000 people and how beauty finds a way to emerge from tragedy.

84%

This project got the green light!

FIT(IN)

Los Angeles Short
Drama

Would you give your quarters to the man in the streets if he looked like a hipster?

106%

This project got the green light!

A Song for Myself

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Music

A homesick Filipino lounge singer confronts her cover band in order to play her original song in front of their uncaring Vegas audience.

111%

This project got the green light!

Less Worthy of Survival

St. Augustine Short
Sci-Fi

In an apocaliptic era, women's willpower and resilience are put to the test.

85%

This project got the green light!

Final Dress

Dallas Feature
Horror

Musical Theatre Camp is all fun and games...until the killing begins.

83%

This project got the green light!

Mend

Atlanta Short
Drama, Family

A middle-aged widower struggles to find purpose after his only child announces she's moving away and he must go forward on his own.

128%

This project got the green light!

Blood Rust

Atlanta Short
Drama

In a town where gossip spreads like wildfire, Joan must bridle her volatile sister to prevent family secrets from destroying them both.

169%

This project got the green light!

ADULTIN'

New York Series
Comedy, Satire

ADULTIN’ explores the success or complete failures of mundane, but necessary, tasks adults face as we grow, learn & figure out our 20s.

100%

This project got the green light!

Infrared Dreams

Denver Feature
Thriller, Sci-Fi

Locked in a strange room, a captive woman awakens to find a mysterious doctor experimenting on her.

85%

This project got the green light!

Harper - Festival Funds

Farmington Hills Short
Drama, Sci-Fi

A stranded time traveller searching for her husband.

100%

This project got the green light!

Sins

Leeds Short
Film-Noir, Thriller

Nina,an Italian immigrant with a wild nature,impulsively falls in love with her daughter's new boyfriend leading to passion and violence

108%

This project got the green light!

Generation Wrecks: a 90s Teen Comedy

New York Feature
LGBTQ, Teen

The death of Liz's brother moves Stacy to repair their damaged friendship by hosting a weekend getaway derailed by Liz's misfit friends.

115%

This project got the green light!

MARCUS

Fort Lauderdale Feature
Drama

After a decade in turmoil, Marcus resorts to one last option in attempt to end his disarray. Will returning home be what he needs?

114%

This project got the green light!

The Cauldron: Columbia '68

Los Angeles Series
Documentary

1968: The world was on fire, and students at Columbia University brought a powerful institution to its knees

114%

This project got the green light!

Otherwise a Woman

Chicago Short
Drama

After years of being sexually harassed and assaulted in the workplace, a woman fights to regain control of her life

95%

This project got the green light!

Chompy & The Girls

Los Angeles Feature
Comedy, Sci-Fi

A depressed woman meets her father for first time & their encounter goes from awkward to alarming when they witness a man swallow a girl.

80%

This project got the green light!

Seragam

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Foreign Film

After Indonesia's '98 financial crisis, a father who works at a slaughterhouse wants to teach his son about the value of compassion.

102%

This project got the green light!

Fish Out of Water

Los Angeles Short
Thriller, Drama

Two friends in search of a mysterious pond encounter dangerous forces beyond their control.

103%

This project got the green light!

Silver Cord

Chicago Short
Drama, Fantasy

The journey of farewell between soul and body as they both transcend to their ultimate destinations;afterlife for soul & ground for the body

100%

This project got the green light!

A Streetcar Named Desire

New York Company
Drama

An immersive new staging of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire featuring a Genderqueer actor in the iconic role of Blanche DuBois.

104%

This project got the green light!

Lying Together

Boulder Feature
Family, Romantic Comedy

Tired of the constant pressure to get married, the last two singles in a church pretend to date each other.

115%

This project got the green light!

A BRIDGE OVER BLOOD

Los Angeles Feature
Documentary

The inspiring story about unlikely friendships across enemy lines in the world’s longest war zone in Gaza and Sderot

106%

This project got the green light!

Evan

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Drama

What would you pray for if the heavens were listening?

100%

This project got the green light!

The Quiet

New York Short
Drama, Horror

A young man faces morality in the midst of a deadly outbreak.

89%

This project got the green light!

High Existence - an episodic pilot

DeLand Series
Comedy

Morgan Kelly is finally ready to take her life to a new plane.

131%

This project got the green light!

Bury Me Not

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Western

In order to protect a dangerous secret, two uncompromising women hide the truth as a relentless sheriff digs deeper.

86%

This project got the green light!

Big Trees

Los Angeles Feature
Comedy, Drama

Jake's plans for a relaxing trip to Sequoia National Park are thwarted when he's joined by his former best friend and his ex-girlfriend.

100%

This project got the green light!

GREATLAND

Los Angeles Feature
Romance, Sci-Fi

Trapped in a world of perpetual fun and inter-species love, a teenage boy crosses the forbidden frontier to save his childhood sweetheart.

86%

This project got the green light!

The Biographer's Wife

Los Angeles Short
Drama

Soon-to-be-mother Marielle must make the choice to maintain the image of the perfect wife or shed the facade and focus on her own happiness.

100%

This project got the green light!

Sad Orangutans Rob A Bank

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Crime

Walden lives a carefree life as an affluent orangutan in LA, however, because of his declining mental state, he decides to rob a bank.

81%

This project got the green light!

Dandelion

Los Angeles Short
Drama, LGBTQ

Recently coming out, a young boy struggles to be himself while seeking acceptance from his mother.

91%

This project got the green light!

DOWN the MIDDLE

Los Angeles Series
Comedy

The owner of an ad agency retires unexpectedly, making his uptight business manager and his trust-fund bohemian daughter polarized partners.

85%

This project got the green light!

Mel and Ruby

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Shorts Program

Mel and Ruby is a heartfelt and witty examination of how two best friends navigate shame and loss.

101%

This project got the green light!

Tempelhof

Burbank Feature
Biography, Documentary

In a series of intimate conversations, asylum seekers and migrants share their compelling, and dangerous journeys of hope to the West.

101%

This project got the green light!

Annunciation

New York Short
Drama

At the baptism of her second child, a woman must come to terms with the identity of her first child.

156%

This project got the green light!

Forgive Me Father (By Haley Trunkett and Dennis Sun)

New York Short
Family, Satire

A phone conversation between a father and daughter leaves the both of them hiding things from their own personal lives.

108%

This project got the green light!

Lesbro

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

A witch accidentally switches the bodies of two of her friends; all in the name of love.

81%

This project got the green light!

Flunkyball

New York Short
Drama, Foreign Film

When unexpected guests arrive at Mia's party her vision for inclusivity crumbles, caught in the crossfire of ignorance under the influence.

116%

This project got the green light!

The Bra Mitzvah

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, LGBTQ

A young teen's journey into adulthood happens in the most mortifying experience: getting fitted for a bra.

100%

This project got the green light!

Confessions from the Friendzone

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, Romantic Comedy

A girl tries to escape the friend zone with the love of her life by using advice from the internet.

80%

This project got the green light!

Follow the Rhythm

Los Angeles Feature
Drama

A story of self discovery of a man who fell short of his dreams and finds redemption through his childhood passion - the art of Capoeira.

83%

This project got the green light!

Thank God For Girls

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

THANK GOD FOR GIRLS is a comedic webseries about an insecure, black, high school lesbian who struggles with love, friendship, and coming out

97%

This project got the green light!

EL NARCO

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Foreign Film

When a Mexican doctor captures a corrupt cop, an innocent nurse must evaluate her own morals as the doctor pressures her to work with him.

83%

This project got the green light!

fishing

Los Angeles Series
Crime, Romantic Comedy

In an effort to find love and justice in an internet world, a group of friends end up knee-deep in a catfish scam ring.

82%

This project got the green light!

The Good Balloon

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Family

A grieving sister finds a ray of light amidst the darkness with the help of an unusual balloon. This is a true story.

102%

This project got the green light!

Interrobang

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, Romance

Love, sex, and anxiety collide in 6 stories that explore awkward, irreverent, emotionally raw, and relationship defining moments after sex.

84%

This project got the green light!

Camp Reel Stories - Los Angeles

Los Angeles Company
Teen, Shorts Program

Help our mission to make 50% of filmmakers female!

85%

This project got the green light!

Malarkey

Philadelphia Short
Comedy, Drama

Two sisters, Mallory and Mauve, go through two monumental life moments, but without the support of another.

80%

This project got the green light!

Parent/Teacher

New York Short
Drama

A man discovers his daughter is bullying another student while attending her parent/teacher conference.

81%

This project got the green light!

Feint

Los Angeles Short
Thriller, Action

Rambunctious Donna must prove herself to her sardonic P.I. uncle Billy before he's willing to team up and solve her parents' murder.

105%

This project got the green light!

Animal Instincts

Baton Rouge Series
Comedy, Fantasy

After struggling through several arguments, a moon goddess and a werewolf visit Theodore Krumpkin for couples counseling.

84%

This project got the green light!

Right On

Detroit Short
Drama

A conflicted family is pushed further into turmoil when they hear on the radio that Martin Luther King has just been shot.

98%

This project got the green light!

God Country | Feature Length Horror Film

Nashville Feature
Horror, Thriller

A young man, with a traumatic upbringing, is forced home by a family tragedy only to find himself embattled with local religious extremists.

102%

This project got the green light!

Assisted Living

New York Series
Comedy, Satire

Bridget and Jo are two high-powered personal assistants/failing feminists who test the boundaries of human decency to excel at their jobs.

108%

This project got the green light!

The Poacher

Los Angeles Short
Drama

Reconnecting with an old friend may leave you feeling trapped.

107%

This project got the green light!

CNT Productions

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, Film-related Business

CNT flips the script on stereotypes one story at a time.

105%

This project got the green light!

Kooky Cookin'

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, Musical

A cooking show packed full with kooky songs and characters hosted by the zany chef, Erica.

101%

This project got the green light!

UGLY PRETTY

Philadelphia Feature
Crime, Drama

A fish-out-of-water in "small town" Pennsylvania has an affair with a local man. In over her head, she becomes an accessory to murder.

109%

This project got the green light!

Miranda Veil

Los Angeles Feature
Fantasy, Horror

When aspiring serial killer Soren, abducts his first victim Miranda, both of them are shocked to discover that she is unable to die.

100%

This project got the green light!

Nobody Loves a Genius Child

Atlanta Short
Drama, Thriller

The darling of the art world is confronted by a figure from his past who threatens to derail his highly-anticipated sophomore exhibition.

100%

This project got the green light!

Scars Unseen

Los Angeles Series
Documentary

A documentary series about the triumph of the human spirit, following six men and women who have overcome domestic violence.

92%

This project got the green light!

AIR, a short film

Los Angeles Short
Romantic Comedy

Ally has learned to breathe through the filter of a screen but when a cute boy checks in at her AirBnB she is forced to confront her 2D life

110%

This project got the green light!

ELLAY

Los Angeles Series
Other

A dark comedic series about four Latinx artists trying to survive in a city so overpopulated and overpriced it can only be LA.

107%

This project got the green light!

BOO

Los Angeles Short
Horror, Drama

A traumatic event forces a recovering addict to face her demons, without her worried fiancé uncovering the truth.

101%

This project got the green light!

Alien Guy Tim

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Documentary

An outcast, Alien Guy Tim, wants to prove that he has been abducted by aliens, but faces many obstacles along the way.

140%

This project got the green light!

Rent Controlled

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Shorts Program

The three Torres siblings are priced out of their hometown until an opportunity to achieve the unthinkable - rent control - presents itself.

103%

This project got the green light!

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