Ashley Mellinger is a biracial actor/producer and co-founder of Desert Island Studios. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she worked as a professional actress for over a decade before relocating to Portland, Oregon. She prioritizes work for and about BIPOC and other marginalized voices, and is especially interested in telling stories that investigate trauma, mental illness, and prejudicial biases. She has written and produced for commercials, music videos, and short films, and is currently working on producing her second feature.
Ashley was a classically trained pianist before she decided to pursue filmmaking. She lives with her partner and co-founder, Joe Bowden. Her most recent short films include Vent and L’Ortolan.