Ariel Schulman is an American film director, producer, and photographer, best known for his work on the documentary films Catfish (2010) and Paranormal Activity 3 (2011). Born in New York City, Schulman began his career as a photographer and videographer, eventually turning to filmmaking.
Schulman's first feature film was the documentary Catfish, which he co-directed with his brother Henry Joost. The film follows the story of a young man, Nev Schulman, who develops an online relationship with a woman he has never met. The film won several awards and was a critical and financial success, earning over $3 million at the box office.
Schulman's next project was the horror film Paranormal Activity 3, a prequel to the two previous Paranormal Activity films. He co-directed the film with Henry Joost, and it was released to mostly positive reviews and became a commercial success, grossing over $207 million worldwide.
He went on to direct the nonfiction film The Truth About Lies (2016), which follows the story of a man who becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth about a series of lies he has been told. The film was well received by critics and audiences alike, and Schulman was awarded the Best Documentary award at the San Diego International Film Festival.
In addition to his directing work, Schulman has produced several films, including the horror film Nerve (2016) and the comedy-drama Don’t Think Twice (2016). He is also the co-founder of the production company Supermarché, which produces documentary and narrative films and television series.
Schulman has been recognized for his work in the film industry, receiving several awards and nominations, including the Best Documentary award at the San Diego International Film Festival and a nomination for Best Documentary Feature at the 2013 Academy Awards. He is currently working on a new documentary film, The Strange Ones, which is set to be released in 2018.
Ariel Schulman has established himself as a talented filmmaker with a unique vision and style. He continues to produce and direct films that captivate audiences and critics alike, and he is poised to continue his success for years to come.