Ari won a Student Oscar for HELICOPTER, which was called “the best short film of the year” by Film Threat and won top prizes at festivals in the US, France, Germany & Brazil. His absurdist feature film ADVENTURES OF POWER, in which he starred alongside Jane Lynch, Michael McKean and Adrian Grenier, premiered at Sundance, won best-of-festival prizes at eight film festivals, and is currently on Showtime. It was the audience’s top-rated comedy at Karlovy-Vary and was called “one of the funniest films in recent years” by New York Magazine. Ari’s previous film CULTURE was the inspiration for a filmmaking collective in the former Yugoslavia, which he later joined. He has written and directed videos & short films for various artists, for Showtime’s “United States of Tara,” and for Nickelodeon star Lucas Cruikshank. His next feature film, starring Rory Culkin, Robert Sheehan, and Mary Beth Peil, is currently in post-production.
As an actor, Ari won “Stoner of the Year” from High Times Magazine for his performance in the Sony Classics release Groove. (Feel free to read that sentence again.) He was raised in San Francisco, and has lived at various times in New York, Los Angeles, New Mexico, Montana, Germany and Serbia. Ari sings in the band The Honey Brothers (with Adrian Grenier) and Gold Brothers (with his twin brother Ethan) and plays ukulele, piano and sometimes drums.
His name was, uh, "borrowed" by a TV show, and he hopes to someday get a free drink out of it. Read some articles by & about Ari here.
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