The Hollywood Reporter: Kate Winslet, Mackenzie Foy to Star in BLACK BEAUTY Reboot

Variety: Mackenzie Foy, Kate Winslet to Star in BLACK BEAUTY

Variety: India Eisley's ADOLESCENCE Lands Distribution





Ashley Avis is an American director, screenwriter, and producer of three feature films and over 100 commercials and branded content spots to date.

She has written and will next direct the reprisal of Anna Sewell's classic BLACK BEAUTY starring Kate Winslet and Mackenzie Foy in the fall of 2019 for Constantin Film / Bolt Pictures for producers Jeremy Bolt and Robert Kulzer.

Ashley’s work has been called "timelessly romantic" (White Lies Magazine), "innocent, blending innocence with seduction" (Red Hot Society), and “elegantly sensual” (Elite Daily).

After spending several years as a journalist for Nielsen Media in New York while attending college, she began her journey behind the camera in 2010 after writing, directing, and producing a spec pilot that got on the radar of Lionsgate founder Frank Giustra, who Executive Produced the project. Soon after, she formed her own production company, directed the classical music documentary OPUS X, and began a foray into commercial projects while continuing to avidly write.

In 2016, Ashley had her feature film debut with DESERTED, an artistic psychological survival story starring Mischa Barton, Winter Ave Zoli, and Jake Busey. Her second feature, the coming of age story ADOLESCENCE will be released in 2019 and stars India Eisley, Tommy Flanagan, Elisabeth Rohm and Jere Burns.

Additional upcoming feature projects include directing the tragic love story TRANCAS by Lem Dobbs (Romancing the Stone, The Limey), and producing the sci-fi thriller SLEEPLESS based on the novel by Charlie Huston alongside David Winkler / Winkler Films.

Commercially she is known for her long form narrative work, directing for clients such as Coca Cola, Red Bull, Footlocker, Mercedes-Benz, Chevrolet, Pfizer, The Cali Group, and many more. In 2016, she won the Mercedes-Benz Award for her auto-fashion fusion spot "BESPOKE" in Cape Town. Recently, she directed and edited the 14-part "GOALKEEPERS 2019" campaign for Chevrolet featuring noted Olympians such as Mia Hamm, Laurie Hernandez, and Hilary Knight encouraging young women to stay in sports. She is an editor and cuts the vast majority of her commercial 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.