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Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West

Directed by:

Ashley Avis


99 minutes

A sweeping, immersive journey into the world of wild horses that illuminates both the profound beauty and desperate plight they currently face in the Western United States.


Friday, October 27, 2023 at Gala Event

Sunday, October 29, 2023 at 4:00 PM


In-Theatre ONLY. Not available on-demand.

Wild Beauty Official Trailer

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Filmmaker Ashley Avis and the crew go on a multi-year expedition to uncover the truth in hopes of protecting them before wild horses disappear forever.


“I was absolutely stunned,” Director Avis said, “that as a horse person in my youth, I had no idea that wild horses were being rounded up by helicopters, torn away from their families, and locked away into government holding facilities, some never to gallop again. Diving headfirst into the issue, I came to realize the Bureau of Land Management was prioritizing special interest groups such as tax-subsidized livestock grazing, oil, and mining — over preserving the ecological balance of our Western public lands. They were knowingly eradicating federally protected wild horses and native species such as wolves and mountain lions — using methods that were deeply antiquated and cruel. How could this possibly be happening?”

Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West



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Ashley Avis

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Ashley Avis is a filmmaker and passionate, longtime equestrian. She is the writer, director, and editor of the upcoming Black Beauty for Disney+, starring Oscar winner Kate Winslet as the voice of Beauty, Mackenzie Foy as Jo Green, and Iain Glen as John Manly.

Black Beauty will mark Ashley’s fourth feature film, in addition to directing hundreds of commercials and branded content to date. Her first independent films were Deserted (2016), and Adolescence (2018).

Upcoming projects include writing and show-running the television series Breyer Hollow for Imagine Entertainment’s Executive Producers Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Stephanie Sperber; as well as directing and producing the documentary Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West (2021).

Commercially Ashley is known for the elegance and storytelling found in her short-form work. In 2016, she won the Mercedes-Benz Award for her auto-fashion fusion spot “Bespoke,” and in 2019 she directed as well as edited Chevrolet’s fourteen-part “Goalkeepers” campaign featuring Olympians Mia Hamm, Hilary Knight, and Laurie Hernandez— encouraging young girls to stay in sports.

An editor of over a decade, she cuts the majority of her own work— and is the co-founder of Winterstone Pictures, a boutique production company in Marina del Rey, California.

Ashley’s visual style has been called “timelessly romantic” (White Lies Magazine).

In the fall of 2020, Ashley founded and launched The Wild Beauty Foundation— a new organization that hopes to illuminate key issues wild and domestic horses are facing today through entertainment, youth-focused educational programs, and on-the-ground rescue efforts.

Ashley lives near the ocean with her husband and producing partner Edward Winters. Ashley and Ed recently adopted two wild horses of her own— rescuing them from holding pens in Nevada after witnessing a helicopter roundup in 2019. They are called Zephyra (for “goddess of the West wind”) and Zion (her “sun”). To date, Ashley has personally rescued over twenty horses and several burros, adopting them out to new homes.



Ashley Avis


Ashley Avis


Ashley Avis, Producer

Richard Avis, Producer

Josie Voris, ssistant Producer

Edward Winters, Producer

Executive Producers

Jeremy Bolt

Angelica Fuentes, Co-Executive Producer

Mark Germain, Co-Executive Producer

Larry Hummel

Anders Liljeblad

Laurel and Tony Werner


Guillaume Roussel


Kai Krause


Ashley Avis

Sound Department

Aaron Gray, Stage Engineer

Jared Orlando, Re-recording Mixer

Tony Solis, Re-recording Mixer

Visual Effects

Andrew Dickinson

First Assistant Camera

Briana Del Giorno

Editorial Department

Krystyne Khan, Digital Intermediate Coordinator

Jhoseline Villacorta, Digital Intermediate Producer

Music Department

Clementine Charuel, Additional Music | Assistant To Composer

Nicolas Duport, Music Mixer

Michael Lofaso, Additional Music

Jilien Smith, Music Supervisor

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