Who are you? What planet are we on?
Hi. This is me, Arianna. [insert song from the Greatest Showman here] You may also know me as Aloha Arianna. I enjoy watching films, learning about the industry, traveling, writing and coming up with weird, yet acutely accurate metaphors. If any of that sounds vaguely interesting, then maybe you are in the right place. If not, I hope you have a good day and I hope all your dreams come true. I mean all your good dreams, not the nightmares. Your nightmares can stay in the recesses of your mind, while I sprinkle some magical fairy dust on your dreams and make them come to life.
Now onto the serious stuff. I have been in the film reviewing committee for 3 different film festivals. I have also helped out at over 6 film festivals on the East Coast, including the Woodstock Film Festival and Westfield International Film Festival. I have helped by directing filmmakers, helping at the venues and operating cameras for interviews. I have also written 3 short films and am working on writing a feature. I am also in the process of writing a poetry book and having fun along the way. Additionally, I enjoy acting and the whole process of getting into character and learning new perspectives. I also currently have an internship at 2 film festivals and am getting a degree in Liberal Arts. I love being creative: writing, acting, filming, directing, all of it.
The point of having goals is to get you working towards something great. If my goals don’t scare me, I don’t think they are big enough.
- Write films that tell unique stories that bring people together.
- Direct films that change perspectives and make people feel emotions they have never felt before, and also make them laugh along the way.
- Publish my poetry book and have more than 10 people read it.
- Act in a film directed by my favorite director.
- Be on set for movies I believe in and be a part of the team making the movies a success.
- Meet people who also have a passion for being creative and who support one another.
- Help others’ dreams come true by supporting their films and meeting new people in the process.
- Be happy, be creative and find a way to make it a career.
Who is Aloha Arianna?
Honestly, that is a great question. I am so happy that you asked. I went on a trip to Hawaii and it changed my life. That might sound dramatic, but it is true. I was recovering from a concussion and pushed myself out of my comfort zone to go to Maui with some family members and family friends. There, I found good people, beauty everywhere I looked, and I realized that happiness was out there, out of my comfort zone. My pain would not keep me from my goals, I just had to persevere and not give up.
Years later, here I am, still not 100% better, but miles better than I was years ago. Hawaii changed my life. It helped me become me again. It made me realize that my pain did not define me, I did. Thus, “Aloha Arianna” was born. Saying hi to my new self, the self that saw life after pain and dreams after the years of constant, pouring rain. Woah, that rhymed, but it is also a metaphor, so I think I will leave it at that.
P.S. My favorite movie of all time is Good Will Hunting (how you like dem apples?), my favorite actor is Robert Downey Jr. (watch Chaplin) and a director I thoroughly enjoy is Taika Waititi (he is weird and goofy and I relate to that).
I found my love for film. It helped me heal from the head injury that took me more than 5 years to heal from. I kept my dreams to myself because I was worried about what others would think.
I realized that film was my passion and I could not escape my creativity. I went to film festivals and taught myself all I could.
Full force ahead, having fun along the way, creating any way I can: YouTube, Instagram, blogging, internships, helping at film festivals, etc. Just enjoying the journey and loving it.
Check out my blog posts:
- about me
- action films
- adventure films
- award shows
- based on a book
- based on a true story
- comedy films
- drama films
- drama tv
- film festivals
- funny tv
- gifs and giggles
- horror films
- indie filmmakers
- Make a difference
- movie talk
- my favorite films
- Netflix films
- netflix original
- science fiction films
- The Throwback Diaries
- things to think about
- tv shows