Ariel has been the creative force behind a number of projects including feature films and documentaries, and has directed, written and produced projects from major production entities such as Netflix, Lionsgate/Summit, Millennium Films and Warner Bros. He is best known for the award-winning feature "The Iceman", starring Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, James Franco, Ray Liotta and Chris Evans; "Criminal" featured the all-star cast of Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Gal Gadot, Alice Eve, Michael Pitt and Ryan Reynolds; the underground hit "Jewel of the Sahara" starring Gerard Butler and recently the Netflix original 'The Angel' starring Marwan Kenzari and Toby Kebbel. Before finding his true passion in film making, Ariel paid his dues serving in the IAF rescue unit 669, then moving to the UK to study law at the University of Kent. Upon graduating, he pivoted to a successful career producing music and D.J.ing. Ariel opened a recording studio and produced 3 albums in London. Afterwards, he moved to NYC where he decided to pursue film studies at NYU and the LA Film School. Ariel currently resides in LA where he founded Sumatra Films and is working on multiple film & documentary projects.