Director Behind Disney’s Black Beauty and Nation’s Top Horse Protection Lobbyist Announce Partnership to Produce ‘Wild Beauty’ Film  

Documentary Seeks to Capture the Spirit of Iconic American Wild Mustangs

Today, Ashley Avis, the director behind Disney’s newly released film, Black Beauty, founder of Winterstone Pictures, and president of the Wild Beauty Foundation, and Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action, and one of The Hill’s Top Lobbyists for 2020, who was recently recognized by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for his work to protect horses, announced a new partnership to produce “Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West,” a passion project and documentary centered around the plight of America’s iconic wild mustangs that have long-faced eradication by the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

“Wild Beauty” is a sweeping, cinematic experience that will immerse audiences into the world of wild horses— exploring their closely bonded families and profound emotions.  Using innovative technology, this elegant narrative journey will highlight the under-illuminated issues wild mustangs are facing today, while emotionally connecting viewers to the horses and their stories.

Ashley Avis is a filmmaker and passionate longtime equestrian.  She is the writer, director and editor of Black Beauty on Disney+, starring Oscar winner Kate Winslet, Mackenzie Foy, and Iain Glen which acclaimed film critic Richard Roeper calls “a beautifully uplifting film … a gorgeous, sweeping epic.”  Ashley recently founded The Wild Beauty Foundation and runs boutique production company Winterstone Pictures in Los Angeles alongside her husband and producing partner Edward Winters. 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.  Ashley’s great hope is to illuminate important issues wild and domestic horses are facing today, while also reaching children and families through positive messaging, education, and creative programs.  The Wild Beauty Foundation recently debuted “A Day With a Horse,” a special immersive experience created for the patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Marty Irby is an eight-time world champion equestrian who currently serves as the executive director at Animal Wellness Action (AWA) in Washington, D.C. Irby worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as Communications Director and Animal Protection Advisor to Congressman Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and has testified in hearings before the U.S. Congress on horse protection issues on numerous occasions. He was named as one of The Hill’s Top Lobbyists for 2019 and 2020 for his work securing the enactment of six federal animal protection laws including the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act that was signed into law in December. Irby was recognized in 2020 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, II for his work to protect horses and was featured in Forbes Magazine in April of this year.

Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West is a documentary currently in production by The Wild Beauty Foundation and Winterstone Pictures.

Written, directed, and produced by Ashley Avis, the project’s team includes producers Edward Winters (Black Beauty), Richard Avis (Adolescence), Executive Producers Jeremy Bolt (Black Beauty), Larry Hummel (Them That Follow), Laurel Werner, and Andres Liljeblad.  Partners include Marty Irby and Cameron Ring, with cinematography by Kai Krause.

The Wild Beauty Foundation is proudly sponsored by Blundstone and the Xanadu Fund at Greater Horizons.

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