Arianna Lapenne is a Director and Cinematographer, born and raised in New York City.
Arianna has directed and shot for The New York Times, Al Jazeera, Viceland and National Geographic on issues ranging from child marriage, water scarcity, gang violence, to political conflict, and her cinematography can be seen in Viceland’s Emmy-nominated series, Executive Produced and hosted by Gloria Steinem, “WOMAN”, which investigates women’s rights around the world. Arianna also served as a Director of Photography on the Emmy award-winning SHOWTIME series, "The Years of Living Dangerously”, executive produced by George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the upcoming seasons of National Geographic Explorer and Viceland’s States Of Undress. Feature documentaries “Don’t Tell Anyone/ No Le Digas A Nadie", and "Deep Run", executive produced by Susan Sarandon, DP'd by Arianna, will premiere on PBS in 2017. Films Arianna has shot have been screened at PBS, SXSW, DOCFest, Frameline, OUTfest and DOC NYC, and have been supported by Sundance Labs, ITVS, The Fledgeling Fund, and IFP.
Arianna's documentary work has taken her to Mongolia, Iceland, Cuba, Turkey, Egypt, Israel and the occupied territories, throughout Eastern and Southern Africa, South and South East Asia, and Latin America. Arianna's most recent commercial work has included directing Dannon's Inside Stories campaign for Activia, West Elm’s Fall “Design to Impact” campaign in India, and spots for MARS and BULLEIT whiskey. Her commercial work is characterized by an inspired verité approach, and a stylized yet, natural quality drawing from her years of experience in the field as a documentary filmmaker and director of photography. Brands Arianna has created for include: Dannon, West Elm, GE, NIKE, GOOGLE, HP, MARS, Dicks Sporting Goods, BULLEIT, Motorola, Macy's.
Arianna received a BFA in Film & TV from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, with special program work in Havana, Cuba.