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

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

46%

15 days left

261 followers

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.

86%

14 days left

155 followers

Evan

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Drama

What would you pray for if the heavens were listening?

88%

14 days left

135 followers

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.

31%

13 days left

177 followers

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.

45%

13 days left

69 followers

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.

76%

11 days left

116 followers

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.

53%

10 days left

31 followers

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.

36%

9 days left

41 followers

Dandelion

Los Angeles Short
Drama, LGBTQ

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

66%

6 days left

56 followers

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.

54%

6 days left

258 followers

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.

67%

6 days left

127 followers

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.

63%

5 days left

82 followers

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.

149%

2 days left

42 followers

The Past is Going to Suck

Los Angeles Feature
Comedy, Satire

Before booking your trip to the past, let us guide you through your travels...just don't ruin time!

5%

2 days left

35 followers

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.

105%

1 day left

34 followers

Lesbro

Los Angeles Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

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

80%

7 hours left

63 followers

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%

2 hours left

276 followers

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.

66%

3 days left

237 followers

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.

47%

10 days left

25 followers

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.

13%

8 days left

62 followers

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!

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.

101%

3 days left

427 followers

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.

93%

1 day left

123 followers

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!

What We Know

Philadelphia Feature
Drama

WHAT WE KNOW follows Abbey as she navigates the Title IX process after she’s assaulted, revealing the clouded motivations of her university.

36%

2 hours left

104 followers

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

103%

4 days left

139 followers

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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