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Ashley Maria is an award winning director, writer, producer, and location sound mixer known for her work on many feature & short films, new media, and television commercials.
She has received a number of awards during her career, including a recent “Best New Director” award from the DTLA Film Festival and the prestigious Directors Guild of America (DGA) award. In a follow-up ceremony, the DGA Women’s Steering Committee declared her to be a filmmaker “who represents the future of women in film.”
While she is best known for her comedy & horror shorts, Friday Night Fright and Volcano Girl, as well as her 2020 breakthrough production Pioneers in Skirts, Ashley is also an advocate for advancing women’s opportunities. She is a North American delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women – the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women.
Ashley hails from the Tar Heel state of North Carolina. In 2012, she decided to make California her home after receiving her MFA in film directing from USC School of Cinematic Arts where she was the recipient of the Dana & Albert R. Broccoli (Producer – James Bond films) Foundation Endowed Fund for excellence in filmmaking.
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