Honorable Mention, Female Directed Film
A pregnant vegan struggles with her newfound craving for meat.
MEATS is a gem of a film. Most impressive is writer-director-star Ashley Williams’ six-minute opening monologue as she grapples with her growing desire to eat meat, despite being vegan for her whole life. As she weeps, the bare, skinless skull of a dead lamb stares back at her. This film will make you laugh, but it’ll also make you think. — Kath T (Programmer)
Ashley Williams directed, wrote, produced, and starred in MEATS, a short film shot by Roman Vasyanov (the D.P. for SUICIDE SQUAD and FURY). Ashley also wrote and starred in the short film STUD BOOB which is in post-production now with director Shaina Feinberg. She’s shadowing major television directors, developing a series with producer-director Pamela Fryman, and developing feature and television projects for herself to direct, as well as continuing to produce projects for Hallmark, where she conceived of, developed, executive produced, and starred in LOVE ON A LIMB.
Ashley is also a versatile actress in film, television, and theatre. She’s shot over 150 episodes of prime-time television, a dozen tv pilots, and more than a dozen films and television movies. She starred in THE JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW on Comedy Central, playing Jeannie Gaffigan, based on comedian Jim Gaffigan’s real-life wife. Among other films, Ashley appeared alongside Jessica Chastain and Oscar Issac in the critically-lauded film A MOST VIOLENT YEAR. She also starred in the Warner Brothers comedy film SOMETHING BORROWED with Kate Hudson and John Krasinski. Her other film credits include J.C. Chandor’s Oscar-nominated indie drama MARGIN CALL, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and starring in SEQUIN RAZE, the acclaimed short film by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro that became the tv series UnREAL after winning South by Southwest and playing New Directors/New Films at MoMA.
As a teenager Ashley played Meg Ryan's daughter, Dani Andropolous, on AS THE WORLD TURNS. She later starred alongside Mark Feuerstein in the NBC television series GOOD MORNING MIAMI and in Lifetime’s MONTANA SKY with John Corbett. Ashley also had a memorable, longtime recurring role on the CBS comedy HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, as Victoria, “the baker that got away” for Ted (Josh Radnor). She was so popular on the show that she won a major online poll as to whom fans would most like to see the as “the mother.” Her other tv credits include recurring roles on the Holly Hunter TNT series SAVING GRACE, SyFy’s WAREHOUSE 13, Lifetime’s SIDE ORDER OF LIFE, and Showtime’s award-winning HUFF, as well as guest-starring roles on THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE, CSI, MONK, THE MENTALIST, FBI, THE GOOD WIFE, PSYCH, LAW & ORDER: SVU, and HBO’s GIRLS, to name a few.
Born in Westchester, New York, Ashley studied at Boston University’s School of Theatre Arts and spent a year abroad at RADA in London. She was a member of the acting company at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her first job out of drama school was understudying both Rachel Weisz and Gretchen Mol in the Off-Broadway play THE SHAPE OF THINGS, written and directed by Neil LaBute. During the run of the play, Ashley performed both roles opposite Paul Rudd. She starred alongside Wendie Malick in the Off-Broadway’s BURLEIGH GRIMES and starred on Broadway opposite Tom Skerritt and Sebastian Arcelus in A TIME TO KILL, based on the best-selling John Grisham novel.
Outside of her work, Ashley is also a birth doula. A doula offers emotional, physical, and informational support leading up to labor through childbirth, and postpartum. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and New York with her husband, producer Neal Dodson, and their two young sons.
Director: Ashley Williams
Producers: Ashley Williams, Neal Dodson
Writer: Ashley Williams
Cinematographer: Roman Vasyanov
Editor: Cecilia Delgado
Sound Designer: Steve Boeddeker
Sound: Steve Boeddeker, Skywalker Sound
Music: John Kaefer
Cast: Ashley Williams, Giancarlo Sbarbaro
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