Arianna LaPenneBio

Arianna LaPenne is a Director and Cinematographer, born and raised in New York City.  

Arianna’s documentary work has taken her to Mongolia, Iceland, Cuba, Turkey, Egypt, Syria and Iraq, throughout Eastern and Southern Africa, South and South East Asia, and Latin America. Arianna’s most recent commercial work includes directing Google’s #ShowUp Campaign, Dannon’s “Inside Stories” campaign, 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, and Macy’s.

Arianna has also 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 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, this season’s National Geographic “Explorer” and Viceland’s “States Of Undress” and Emmy-winning “Gaycation”. Arianna also DP’d Peabody award-winning feature documentary “Don’t Tell Anyone/ No Le Digas A Nadie”, and feature doc “Deep Run”, executive produced by Susan Sarandon, both of which premiered 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.