A young Brighton Beach native, who has been referred to by industry professionals as a “rising star”, Ari Barkan is truly the definition of that term. Whether it is co-creating and starring in one of the most popular and well known Russian YouTube series entitled “Baba Fira”; or its’ working alongside one of his best friends and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – the phrase stays true. The same can be said of his work in several television shows and feature films. Between working on “First, We Take Brooklyn.” alongside Harvey Keitel and a recurring guest-star role on “Big Dogs” as a vicious Chechen mob enforcer, Ari found himself on the sets of Madam Secretary, New Amsterdam, and Orange is The New Black. Ari can currently be seen in the upcoming feature films Skin, which is currently at Tribeca Film Festival; and as the fifth lead in the upcoming Caviar, which is in post production. Ari will also be seen as “Emil” in Lingua Franca, coming later this year. Ari also serves as a Russian adviser on the film – which is gaining traction after being awarded post-production grants and services from Tribeca Film Festival and having been selected to US IN PROGRESS, an event that brings together American independent filmmakers and aides them in post-production with European industry supporters.
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