Ari Gold is an award-winning writer/director whose films are linked by musical and environmental themes. He won Best Director this month at the Arpa Film Festival at the Hollywood Egyptian / American Cinemateque, and has won dozens of prizes for his films, including the Student Oscar, best film at SXSW, and others.
His latest feature, "The Song of Sway Lake" was released in ten cities in the U.S. in September, and continues to tour festivals worldwide. The film features Rory Culkin, Robert Sheehan, Mary Beth Peil, Elizabeth Peña, Isabelle McNally, Jack Falahee, Brian Dennehy, John Grant, and The Staves, and has played 48 film festivals, including six as Opening Night Film, and has won Best Feature at over a dozen of these festivals.
In addition, Ari directed the cult comedy "Adventures of Power" ("One of the funniest films in recent years" - NY Magazine), and dozens of award-winning shorts and videos that have been presented everywhere from Sundance to Karlovy-Vary. His student-Oscar-winning short "Helicopter”, about his mother’s death in a helicopter crash that killed rock music promoter Bill Graham, is being expanded into a feature film, and also being featured in Alejandro Jodorowsky's next film, Psychomagic.
Ari’s most unusual distinctions include winning High Times Magazine’s "Stoner of the Year" award, and being enshrined in the Guinness Book of World Records for commanding the largest ever air-drum ensemble on earth.
His next major project, currently in development, is a game-changing action-adventure fiction TV series about ecology, war, shamanism, and the liberation of the human spirit.
PS Yes, Ari's name was borrowed by a TV show, and this was his response.
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