Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman met in high school. They have been filmmaking partners since 2006 and founded the New York City production company Supermarché.
Their first feature documentary, CATFISH, was the most talked about film of the 2010 Sundance Film and went on to critical acclaim and a nationwide release in Fall 2010. In March 2010, NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ, a 35mm film adaptation of a 1958 Jerome Robbins ballet, co-directed by Henry and Production Designed by Ariel, premiered on PBS and won the audience award at SXSW. Their first narrative feature, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3, released by Paramount Pictures in October 2011, opened to rave reviews and became the highest grossing film of the franchise. Their second effort in the franchise, Paranormal Activity 4 was released in October, 2012 and grossed over $140 million worldwide.
They are currently writing an adaptation of The Monkey Wrench Gang for producers Ed Pressman and Gary Burden, which they are attached to direct.
Henry and Rel are also Executive Producers on Catfish the TV Show on MTV. They have also made Emmy Award winning commercials and short films for some of the world’s most influential companies and institutions, including Google, Nike, American Express, Toyota and The National Scrabble Association. Their most recent short film A BRIEF HISTORY OF JOHN BALDESSARI, narrated by Tom Waits, premiered at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in November 2011 and played at SXSW in 2012.
Henry and Rel currently reside in New York City.