Reader at Austin Film Festival

One of the best known festivals for screenwriting is Austin Film Festival. This year I had the opportunity to be a reader for the festival. It was a great experience!

The 2021 festival will take place from October 21st – 28th. The festival has film, screenplay, playwriting, and podcasts competitions, as well as informative panels and Q&A sessions.

Check out what the festival has to offer here. Support independent filmmakers!

Running With Wolves short film

Exciting news! I am Associate Producing a short film! I am working with Xenja and her team to produce the short film, Running With Wolves. Right now the film is in the Kickstarter stage as we are trying to raise funding to make this film possible.

The film will take place in a black box theatre where a story will be told through the use of circus arts and movement. The performance will comment on the question, “Who are we before the world tells us who to be?”

If you want to contribute or learn more about the film, feel free to check out the Kickstarter page by clicking here.

Imposter Syndrome Podcast

A few weeks back I had the opportunity to be on a friend’s podcast. I talked about my experience so far trying to break into the film industry, doubting myself through everything, and trying to promote my book without using social media. I also talk about my favorite movies and the film that got me interested in movie making.

The episode is just about an hour long. If you want to give it a listen, here is the link to check it out on Apple Podcasts. You can listen through the podcast app on your phone.

Thanks for your support and thank you Crystal for having me on your awesome podcast!

Arianna 🙂

Ocean County College Writing Competition

Earlier this year, my college had a writing competition to honor the 20th year anniversary of 9/11. The competition was titled, “What does 9/11 Mean To You?”. Students were encouraged to submit creative writing pieces and/or an interview they preformed asking someone what they remember about this day 20 years ago.

I decided to submit both: a creative poem I wrote and an interview I conducted with my mom. My poem, Weathered Loss, earned Third Place in the contest.

If you want to read my poem, you can check it out below.

Internship at Vanishing Angle

Recently I accepted a Summer Internship at Vanishing Angle, a L.A. based production company known for their renowned films celebrated at SXSW and Sundance.

I came across Vanishing Angle through a Panel at this year’s virtual SXSW Festival. Below is a recording of that Panel available on SXSW’s YouTube Channel.

SXSW on YouTube

I’m so excited to be a part of this internship and learn more about the film production process, from idea to distribution.

Very thankful for this opportunity!

To learn more about Vanishing Angle, you can check out their website here, or YouTube channel here, or watch some of their shorts here.

San Diego International ShortsFest

For the past few months I have enjoyed being a screener for the San Diego International ShortsFest. The online festival took place a few weeks ago and I wanted to share a few of my favorite films:

1. Georgia (2020)

2. The Roads Most Traveled (2020)

3. Imelda y Luis (2020)

4. Rust (2020)

5. David (2020)

6. gekou

7. Mar & Cielo (2021)

8. Eucalyptus (2021)

The World is Your Oyster Interview

I was interviewed by the blogger, Shaheena Chowdhury. In the interview I discussed the events that led to me publishing my collection of poems and at what age I began to write as a hobby. Here are some of my responses:

Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

A: There was never a day I specifically thought, “I want to be a writer”. I have always been a writer. I started writing when I was in 2nd grade. I came home from school and wrote stories in my notebook. As I got older and busier, I started to write less because I did not have much free time. But, my concussion drew me back to writing and I have been writing consistently ever since.

Q: How long did it take you to write your book?

A: Earthly Thoughts is a collection of poems that I wrote in the span of 5 years. It took me roughly a year to compile the poems and format them correctly for a book, but I have enjoyed the entire process. I love being creative and revising my poems is something I find fun. It is really helpful to listen to music while I edit because it can help me feel the emotions I felt when I originally wrote the poems.

To check out the blog post and read my full interview, click here.

My book is in a library!

Today I have some exciting news! My book is now in a library! And not just any library, but the library of my old elementary school. Never did I think that I would publish a book and that it would be in my alma mater’s library. This is really exciting and makes me so happy. Thank you for supporting my writing!

The book on the far left is mine. This photo was taken by the book’s editor and my grammar school English teacher, Ms. Deborah Quinlan.