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School of Cinematic Arts Directory Profile

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Ashley York, M.F.A.

Adjunct Associate Professor

Affiliated Divisions:

Media Arts + Practice Division

Work Phone: 213.821.5700
Office: SCI 101H

Ashley York is a journalist and filmmaker who is committed to a feminist approach. She has worked on Academy Award®-winning teams and on projects that have won top honors and premiered at the Sundance, Los Angeles, Berlin, and SXSW film festivals, as well as on Apple TV+, Netflix, HBO, and the Sundance Channel. She recently produced "My Kind of Country," a new music documentary series by Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine for Apple TV+ and HBO's Emmy-nominated documentary series, "We're Here." Her film, "Hillbilly," won a London Foreign Press Award, the Grand Jury prize for Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and a Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary at the Traverse City Film Festival. She directed and produced the Netflix Original Documentary "Tig," an Official Selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Hot Docs, IDFA, the Istanbul Documentary Festival, and Outfest. Ashley was one of nine women debuting a feature film at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Her work has been recognized for its commitment to highlighting women and girls and received an Emmy Award nomination in the category of New Approaches to News and Documentary Film as well as the Governors' Award from the Academy of Arts & Sciences. She has collaborated with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and the International Crisis Group. She was featured in Variety as a “filmmaker to watch” and is a frequent panelist and mentor for SXSW, Women in Film, Film Fatales, and the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Ashley is currently making a documentary for the Smithsonian's FUTURES Exhibition.