Ashley O'Shay

Ashley O’Shay is a DP and documentarian based in Chicago, IL, whose work focuses on illuminating marginalized voices. She has produced work for national brands, including Lifetime, Ford Motor Company, Boost Mobile, KQED, and STATE Bags. Most recently, she filmed the Chicago episode of KQED’s “If Cities Could Dance,” garnering over 600K views on social and web. Her work also appeared in the critically-acclaimed Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly.

Currently, Ashley is directing Unapologetic, an intimate look into the Movement for Black Lives in Chicago through the experiences of two young, Black queer women. Several experiences have elevated the project’s status in the industry, as Ashley was previously a fellow with Firelight Media, the Bay Area Video Coalition, Film Independent, Kartemquin’s Diverse Voices in Docs, Hedgebrook, Cucalorus Film Festival, and UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program



Program Affiliations

Documentary Lab
Impact Campaign Fund

Cohort Year

2015-2017 (Documentary Lab)
2020 (Impact Campaign Fund)




Documentary Lab
Impact Campaign Fund

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