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Ashley Avis is an American director, screenwriter, and producer of six feature films and over 100 commercials to date. A passionate advocate for horses, she is also the Founder & President of 501c3 nonprofit The Wild Beauty Foundation.

She recently wrote, directed, and edited BLACK BEAUTY for Disney+ starring Oscar winner Kate Winslet, Mackenzie Foy, and Iain Glen.  The film debuted over Thanksgiving 2020 and was reviewed as a "gorgeous, sweeping epic" by Richard Roeper of the Chicago-Sun Times.

Ashley will next write and direct the reimagining of CITY OF ANGELS for Warner Bros., Atlas Entertainment, and Perez Pictures; with Charles Roven, Rebecca Roven Steel Oakley, and Paul Perez producing.

In 2019, Ashley embarked on what would become a five year long passion project in her award winning documentary WILD BEAUTY: MUSTANG SPIRIT OF THE WEST, exploring the stunning natural beauty as well as controversial government treatment of wild horses in the United States. In 2023, she was awarded a Special Congressional Commendation for her work by Congresswoman Dina Titus.

The critically acclaimed WILD BEAUTY, which has been reviewed as "groundbreaking" and "a masterpiece of investigative reporting" was released in 2023. In addition to screening at over 30 festivals worldwide and winning numerous awards, the film was a 2023 Critics Choice Nominee.

Avis has since brought WILD BEAUTY to Washington D.C., screening before Members of Congress and staff in support of passing H.R. 3656, The Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act. She regularly speaks on panels and in schools, encouraging the next generation to protect the wild world.

Upcoming projects include 2023's THE LAMB for MBC, the story of an eight-year-old boy who goes on a quest across the vast Arabian desert to save the orphan lamb he loves; along with THE DARK BETWEEN STARS inspired by the poetry of 3x New York Times Bestselling author, Atticus.

Commercially Ashley has directed for clients such as Coca Cola, Red Bull, Footlocker, Mercedes-Benz, Chevrolet, Pfizer, and more. In 2016, she won the Mercedes-Benz Award for "BESPOKE" in Cape Town, and in 2019 she directed, produced, and edited the 14-part "GOALKEEPERS" campaign for Chevrolet featuring Olympians Mia Hamm, Laurie Hernandez, and Hilary Knight encouraging young women to stay in sports.

An editor of over a decade, she also cuts the vast majority of her work.

Ashley is the co-founder of Winterstone Pictures, and lives in Los Angeles near the ocean with her husband and producing partner, Edward Winters along with their pup Whiskey. In her spare time, she rescues horses and has begun writing her first children's book.