Ashley Avis is an American screenwriter and filmmaker. She was born in Chicago, Illinois to Richard Avis and Victoria Woods, and has one brother, Richard Avis. She is married to Edward Winters, who is her partner in their Los Angeles based production company, Winterstone Pictures.
Ashley’s work has been called “timelessly romantic” (White Lies Magazine), “elegantly sensual” (Elite Daily), and “tasteful, blending innocence with seduction” (Red Hot Society).
Growing up in St. Petersburg, Florida, and a former competitive equestrian, Ashley was passionate about writing from a young age. Deciding to pursue her education in New York, she attended Manhattan College on in Riverdale, graduating with a double major in two and a half years (International Business and Marketing), in 2008. During college, she worked as a journalist and regional editor for Nielsen Media, while interning for various film directors and production companies, including Plum Pictures. It was during that time that she fell in love with the visual and poetic style of screenwriting.
In 2009 she moved to Los Angeles, and a year later used her savings to self finance a spec pilot that she had written, both directing and producing it. The project caught the attention of Lionsgate Entertainment founder Frank Giustra, who would later Executive Produce. It was through this experience that Ashley began her journey behind the camera. She began working in the commercial and branded content world, producing and directing more than 100 spots in just three years, including campaigns and co-branded spots for Coca Cola, Red Bull, Pfizer, Cali Burger, Mercedes-Benz – and more.
She formed her first production company Alchemy Pictures in 2010.
In 2013, Ashley was hired by Todd Labarowksi of Dreambridge Films to write the adaptation of “The Cybil Raven Chronicles”, and met her now husband and producing partner Edward Winters. In 2015, she made her directorial debut with the feature film Deserted, which she also wrote and produced. The film stars Mischa Barton, Winter Ave Zoli, Jackson Davis and Trent Ford.
In 2016, Ashley and Edward produced their second feature, which Ashley also directed called Adolescence. The film stars India Eilsey, Tommy Flanagan, Elisabeth Rohm, and Jere Burns. The same year, Ashley and Edward re-branded Alchemy Pictures to Winterstone Pictures. In 2017, she was hired to direct her third feature by Tosca Musk for Musk’s new platform Passionfilx.
Ashley’s next projects include a modern day adaptation of a classic novel for Constantin Film, the tragic love story Trancas by Lem Dobbs, an inspirational true story entitled “800” based on the life of two-time Olympian Prince Mumba (with producer Cary Granat), and a sci-fi thriller she is producing alongside David Winkler / Winkler Films.
She lives in Marina del Rey, California with her husband.