Ari Sandel

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Ari Sandel
Ari Devon Sandel

(1974-09-05) September 5, 1974 (age 44)
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
Years active2005–current

Ari Devon Sandel (born September 5, 1974)[1][2] is an American filmmaker. He is best known for directing the short film, West Bank Story (2005), which won the 2006 Academy Award in the category Best Live Action Short Film.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Sandel was born and raised in Calabasas, California, the son of Kathy (Hale) and Dan Sandel.[4] His father is Israeli and his mother is American. He is Jewish. He studied Media Arts at the University of Arizona in Tucson where he also received a special certificate in Middle Eastern Studies. He went on to earn his Directing MFA from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema–Television. West Bank Story premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has screened at over one hundred fifty film festivals worldwide, winning prizes from 30.

Sandel also directed a 2006 documentary, Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In 2015, Sandel's feature film directorial debut, teen comedy The DUFF, was released in theaters.

Sandel directed the horror comedy sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, which began filming in February 2018, and which was released in October of that year.[5]

He is also slated to direct the upcoming live-action Monster High film adaptation.


Feature films[edit]

Short films[edit]



  1. ^ "Ari D Sandel, Born 09/05/1974 in California -".
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Almanac 2008. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2008. 745.
  4. ^ "In the winner's circle". Malibu Times.
  5. ^ Lang, Brent (December 12, 2017). "Ari Sandel Will Direct Goosebumps 2". Variety. Retrieved December 12, 2017.

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