Ari’s career has spanned from feature films and television programs to documentaries, live events, and commercials, for which he has received numerous awards for directing, cinematography, and visual effects. Ari’s clients and projects have ranged from Netflix, MTV, VH1, AOL Television, Warner Bros., NBC, and TNN to Yo Yo Ma’s Silkroad Tour, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 100 yr. Anniversary, and The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon.
Additionally, he directs the live video for all of the major Chicago summer music festivals – Blues Fest, Jazz Fest and Taste of Chicago. As a further example of Ari’s extensive directorial experience, he has also directed comedic television programs that include “Evening at the Improv” for Arts & Entertainment, “Comedy on the Road” and “Sports Night at the Improv”, “Almost Live with Jonathan Brandmeier”, as well as the pilots “The Living Room” with Tina Faye & the Improv Olympics and “After Dark with Joe Piscopo” for NBC. Ari’s work in feature films include “The Exorcist-The Beginning”, “Richie Rich”, “Ground Hog Day”, “Return to Me”, “Tony Bravo”, “Radius”, “Butterscotch & Chocolate”, “Dhoom 3”, “Caretaker”, “Prank’d”, “Hobbit 2” and “Jeepers Creepers 3”.
Ari is the co-founder of the Hollywood Camera Work Seminar series and travels the world teaching Cinematography and Visual Effects to both independent production personnel as well as major studios including Lucas Film/ILM, Dreamworks, Disney Toon Studios, and Weta Digital. As part of this endeavor, he has just returned from New Zealand after consulting for Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit 2”.
He is on the board of advisers of the Illinois Institute of Art, providing counseling for their Filmmaking, Visual Effects, and Animation programs. In addition, he is frequently asked to speak at various universities and industry events. To give back to his community, Ari actively supports Adaptive Adventures, a non-profit organization for children and wounded veterans with physical disabilities as well as Bright Pink and Kids Fight Cancer.
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