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 work focuses on how big life is among ordinary 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 for Women in Film Chicago. Oriana holds a B.A. from McGill University in International Relations and an M.A. from the University of Chicago in International Law.