Ariana Gerstein received her M.F.A. from the School of Art Institute of Chicago on the prestigious Trustees Merit Scholarship. Her independent productions have included digital video, sculpture, installation and performance. Her films have been screened at festivals worldwide including International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, London International, European Media Arts Festival in Osnabrueck, Germany, Media City in Canada, New York Film Festival, SXSW, and others. She has had shows at MOMA, San Francisco Cinematheque, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Deutsches Filmmueseum, Frankfort, Pacific Film Archives in Berkley, and other locations. Awards include the Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film from Ann Arbor Film Festival, Golden Gate Award from San Francisco International FIlm Festival, Special Jury Award for Artistry in Documentary at Atlanta Film Festival, Truer Than Fiction/Independent Spirit Award with Monteith McCollum.
Ariana's work has received support from the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship in 2008 as well as grants form New York Council on the Arts, New York Foundation of the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and from Illinois Arts Council. Experimental documentaries Alice Sees The Light http://www.pbs.org/pov/alice/interview.php and Milk in The Land, were nationally broadcast on the P.B.S. series P.O.V. She has served on the Artist Advisory Board of the New York State Council of the Arts and is on the artist advisory board of the New York Foundation for the arts. Her current work includes making use of the desktop scanner as a stop motion camera.