Hey, I'm Ariana!

New York, New York

My name is Ariana DiValentino, and I am a writer and filmmaker based in New York City. 

I am also:

- a 2018 M.A. graduate in Performance Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts
- a 2016 B.A. graduate of New York University, magna cum laude, where I majored in Dramatic Literature and minored in Film Production and Animal Studies (yes, really)
- one of those journalist/“poet”/writer types
- writer/director/producer of films
- an actor, and my Aunt Cass says I’m very good
When I’m not making fun of myself for the very things I’m most passionate about, I’m dealing with questions surrounding environmental justice and ecofeminism, queerness, and narratives of history and biology, and also sometimes stuff that's just plain fun.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Colours: The Short Film

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Teen

Two friends are forced to face family trauma and secrets that threatens their relationship and changes their world view.

88%

This project got the green light!

THE THAW

Burlington, Vermont Film Short
Drama, Horror

In 19th century Vermont, Ruth freezes her parents to survive the winter, but an early thaw brings horrifying results.

82%

This project got the green light!

The Weight of Perfection

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Other

Young Olympic gymnast Ellen finds herself entangled in Coach Amanda’s unresolved web of psychological damage and a dangerous game with fire

112%

This project got the green light!

Tristan and Isaac

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Romance

Two lovers get swept up in a romance with no concern for consequences.

82%

This project got the green light!

Big City, Small World

Deep River, Connecticut Film Short
Romance, LGBTQ

One small change, can make a world of difference

85%

This project got the green light!

Crowned: Season 2

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy

Macie and the rest of the Party Princesses survive batty bosses, pushy parents and crazy co-workers in this semi-scripted comedy series.

73%

This project got the green light!

Gap Year

New York City, New York Film Feature
Comedy

A coming-of-age story about a girl who is forced to take a year off after getting rejected from NYU.

88%

This project got the green light!

Lady Parts

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

When a high-risk cancer patient chooses preventative surgery, her removed organs move into her house and start talking to her.

107%

This project got the green light!

Woman And The Woods

Fairfield, Connecticut Film Short
Drama, Fantasy

When a pregnant woman, determined to save her husband's life, seeks help from the mysterious Mistress, she faces unexpected consequences.

85%

This project got the green light!

What We Meant At Dinner

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

A couple in NYC struggles with the misery of their marriage and the seemingly unbreakable cycle of stagnation and toxicity within that.

100%

This project got the green light!

RED: A Short Film

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Romance, LGBTQ

A story about growing up in the closet in what we now call Trump Country.

81%

This project got the green light!

Earth Day 2030

New York, United States Film Short
Comedy, Satire

In 2030, small-town residents fight about taking in more climate refugees. It doesn’t go well, and the children must clean up the mess.

81%

This project got the green light!

Headshots

Toronto, Canada Series
Comedy, Satire

Headshots is a comedy series set in a photo studio. Each episode features a new character getting their picture taken for a bizarre reason.

100%

This project got the green light!

BEFORE THE STORM

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Fantasy

A young woman and her estranged father arrive in New York City on the eve a hurricane threatens to make landfall.

96%

This project got the green light!

Demons

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Horror

A young woman shocked by a toxic relationship develops a strange quality: menstrual blood that's corrosive to everything but her own body.

100%

This project got the green light!

Older Brothers

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Romantic Comedy

A stressed grad student wants to help find a job for his autistic older brother, Max, but all Max wants to do is throw a raging house party.

129%

This project got the green light!

Petty Cash

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama

In Upstate New York, a young bartender is overwhelmed by past demons when her estranged brother falls on her doorstep, asking for help.

108%

This project got the green light!

Imaginary Friend

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Sci-Fi

Helen’s isolated life is halted when she's given the opportunity to connect with people from her past using a new augmented reality device.

85%

This project got the green light!

PSYCHICOLOGIST

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Drama

An introverted psychology grad student is disrupted by a psychic puppet insisting on teaching her about intuition and human connection.

81%

This project got the green light!

The TWO

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Romance

On the eve of their last day on earth, a man professes his love to a woman who cannot love him back.

86%

This project got the green light!

Naked

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Drama

A restless mother seeks to rediscover herself by modeling nude for an art class, and ends up baring more than she planned.

188%

This project got the green light!

P's in a Pod

New York City, New York Series
Comedy

Best friends, Pete and Polly, attempt to navigate identity, sex, the MTA & more in this comedy web series.

82%

This project got the green light!

He Was Asking for It

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Drama

Four female friends entertain fantasies of violent revenge to console their friend after finding out her rapist won’t be serving time.

104%

This project got the green light!

Miracle Baby

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Thriller

A congressman’s wife sets the stage on her cheating husband for a night of revenge, rage, revelations, and one unspeakable act.

122%

This project got the green light!

BLOCKS

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Experimental

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

101%

This project got the green light!

The Lost Comet

Mexico City, Mexico Film 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, California 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!

ADULTIN'

New York City, 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!

Bury Me Not

Los Angeles, California Film 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!

Pacurí

Middletown, Connecticut Film Short
Drama

On the cusp of her Quinceañera, Pacurí must choose where her loyalties lie: with her devoted family, or her rich friends.

216%

This project got the green light!

Dorris, 85

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama

An elderly woman, Dorris, celebrates her husband’s eighty-fifth birthday without him.

120%

This project got the green light!

Alien Guy Tim

Los Angeles, California Film 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!

The Trespasser

Middletown, Connecticut Film Short
Drama, Thriller

Following the suicide of her mentally ill father, a young black girl sets out to destroy the one object she believes led him to his death

101%

This project got the green light!

Galinha

Middletown, Connecticut Film Short
Drama, Family

A girl moves to a new town and finds a friend in the most unexpected form!

154%

This project got the green light!

Cross

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Film-Noir

A young Filipino backyard boxer enters a Mexican fight ring in the San Fernando Valley.

100%

This project got the green light!

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