Born in Sicily and raised in Chicago, Oriana is an award-winning independent film and commercial director, writer, producer, and actor. Currently, she is in the film festival circuit for Leia’s Army — for which she has won two Best Director awards — and in post-production on Spit It Out and Go Go, Boy. Recent award-winning films include Lobster fra Diavolo, Camp Belvidere and Lost and Found. Her experience as an immigrant has influenced her work as she focuses on outsider characters and circumstances. She tells the stories of big things happening to little people, both in comedy and drama. She is committed to elevating the visibility of women in front of and behind the camera, and is the Director of Programming & Communications for Women in Film Chicago.