Hey, I'm Ariel!

Centreville, Virginia

Ariel Baska is an openly disabled writer, director, and producer in horror and documentary film. Her first horror short about medical gaslighting which she wrote and directed, Our First Priority, won the Disability Advocacy Award from Superfest Disability Film Festival and was an Official Selection of FrightFest in London, among many others. She is a fellow of the Portland Art Museum Career Sustainability Lab for interdisciplinary artists, endowed by the NEA, and she is a fellow of the RespectAbility Virtual Lab. She has received scholarships from Sundance Collab in both Directing and Screenwriting. She also recently produced Mike Mignola: Drawing Monsters, about the life and work of the creator of Hellboy.

She is the founder, co-host and executive producer of Ride the Omnibus, a podcast parked at the intersection of pop culture and social justice. She writes about disability representation for her column in Ghouls Magazine, where she regularly contributes film reviews and analysis. In her past life as an academic, she authored four books about curriculum for twice-exceptional gifted learners. Regardless of what story she's telling or what work she's doing, she cares passionately about the voices of the underrepresented.

Projects I'm Supporting

QUEUE

Athens, Georgia Film Short
Drama, Sci-Fi

A woman suffering from nightmares murders a psychologist in order to ask for an identity from an Artificial Intelligence.

118%

This project got the green light!

Dick Bunny

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy

A British children’s book character comes to life in the bathroom of a sleep-deprived mom.

101%

This project got the green light!

Life at Sandy's

Tvedestrand, Norway Film Feature
Drama, Horror

A grieving American stuck in a small Norway town finds solace in a sitcom with characters that slowly pull her into their sinister TV world.

100%

This project got the green light!

Knee High

Des Moines, Iowa Film Feature
Drama, Family

When sudden loss disrupts his rural life, Cal must choose between saving the family farm, or pursuing an unknown future with his son.

115%

This project got the green light!

MATARON A PEDRO

San Juan, Puerto Rico Film Short
Drama, Thriller

In 1930s Puerto Rico, a Black Harvard-educated lawyer faces off with the white Chief of Police and governor over island-wide strikes.

124%

This project got the green light!

Black Veil (Slasher Short Film)

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Horror

Two besties working the closing shift at a bridal boutique must face their own commitment issues… and the veiled killer waiting to strike.

100%

This project got the green light!

Golden Boys

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, LGBTQ

A tender little comedy about what male friendship can be, brought to you by none other than the fumblings of trans boys.

109%

This project got the green light!

It Happens at Night

New York City, New York Film Short
Horror, Thriller

Following the disappearance of her child, young Laurie is asked to watch over the home of the widowed mother.

95%

This project got the green light!

That Alien, Sound

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Adventure

An alien sound wave takes over a woman's body through a radio broadcast and her friends and family can't believe it.

101%

This project got the green light!

Fogtown

Portland, Oregon Series
Comedy, Mystery

A handcrafted mystery TV series full of laughs, adventure, and heartfelt Sherlock Holmes riffs – all made with finger puppets!

104%

This project got the green light!

The Awkward Stage

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Film Feature
Drama, Comedy

In the midst of a barrage of devious licks, a middle school reject falls in love with a sculpture.

104%

This project got the green light!

Modern Shaman

Minneapolis, Minnesota Film Short
Comedy, Drama

A modern shaman named Modern Shaman has a spiritual quarter life revelation: to embark on a wild path of being a performing artist.

102%

This project got the green light!

Strawberry

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Horror, LGBTQ

After the death of her abusive ex, Nova connects with his girlfriend - only to realize some spirits have a hard time staying buried.

83%

This project got the green light!

HOUSE OF KA - A supernatural horror / mystery

Ann Arbor, Michigan Film Feature
Horror, Mystery

A young Victorian aristocrat struggles to save her father from a mummy's curse.

100%

This project got the green light!

Hammerjacks: The Rockumentary

Aldie, Virginia Film Feature
Documentary, Music

The implausible, unhinged history of the world-famous concert venue in Baltimore, MD.

135%

This project got the green light!

X

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Action, Comedy

X, an "ethnically ambiguous" actor, has to take on some outlandish adjustments during a casting session before they finally try it his way.

100%

This project got the green light!

Vibrator Girl

New York City, New York Film Short
Experimental, Horror

Marianne can’t figure out how to feel real pleasure. Can corporate neurologists, orgasm gurus, or talking vibrators show her how?

124%

This project got the green light!

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