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Brian Ashby is a Chicago-based filmmaker who has collaborated widely. His work has screened at festivals including Full Frame, Black Harvest, Big Sky, Chicago International, and Southern Circuit, and has been broadcast nationally on PBS’ Independent Lens and America ReFramed. His work as an editor includes The Area (Dir. David Schalliol), for which he was a 2017 IFP Documentary Labs fellow, and Accident, MD (dir. Dan Rybicky), which won the 2019 Vimeo Award for Best Documentary. He is currently editing a 3D hybrid documentary, Westermann (dir. Leslie Buchbinder). Films Brian directed or produced have been exhibited theatrically at venues including the Gene Siskel Film Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Nitehawk Cinema, and more. Brian’s directorial debut, Scrappers, was one of Roger Ebert’s Best Documentaries of 2010.

Previously Brian was a managing partner of a small production company for eight years, where he led creative teams for a wide variety of clients. He has contributed documentary cinematography to films and television including Speaking Is Difficult (Sundance Film Festival 2016), Nomination (IDA nominated 2017), and Art:21 season 8. Chicago has been his home since 2002, as well as the focus of much of his work.  He received his BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and he lives in the South Shore neighborhood with his family.

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