After receiving a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she studied directing at Second City Theatre Chicago and then taught at Second City and at the Piven Theatre. In 2005, Arielle founded Legacy Connections Films, using filmmaking as a tool to help families reflect intergenerationally upon their collective heritage, identity, and vision. She has created over 100 personal documentaries for clients, shorts and features, tackling themes including family dynamics, addiction, mental health, class, belonging and connection. She created a 6-part local public television documentary series in 2010 called Belonging in Boulder: Unexpected Stories from Your Neighbors which won a Hugo Television Award. Arielle was named to the 10 Filmmakers to Watch list by “The Independent” magazine. She is the creator of the Belonging in the USA: Stories from our Neighbors documentary trilogy. The first film in the trilogy, Belonging in the USA: The Story of Michael D. McCarty premiered at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles and won several awards including best documentary at the Borderscene festival in New Mexico. It is set to air nationally on PBS in late 2023. Arielle’s TEDx Talk The Simple Act of Listening Can be Revolutionary synthesizes what she has learned in nearly two decades of directing documentaries.