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Ashlei Payne

Independent Filmmaker

Ashlei Payne is an alumna from Pratt Institute and an award-winning documentary filmmaker and photojournalist. From the formidable rainforests of Borneo to the countryside of Kashmir, Ashlei lives with her subjects for extended periods and completely immerses herself in the lives of others. Her work often examines environmental change, natural disaster aftermath, corrupt government systems, and the emotions that accompany these events.

In the last five years she has worked with non-profits across the globe such as ARCHIVE Global in Bangladesh, Shangri-La Trek in Nepal, Sakolah Adat Arus Kualan in Borneo, and with CNN Hero nominee, Madè Janur Yasa of Plastic Exchange in Bali, Indonesia.

In the past year alone Ashlei has won six film festivals including; Outstanding Performance Best Director Award New York, Best Documentary film at Los Angeles Film Awards, and Best Documentary at Los Vegas International.

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What Does Connecting to Nature Mean to You? [COMPILATION]

June 21, 2022

Episode 64: Today, we’re paying tribute to the last ten incredible guests we’ve had on the podcast. Each of them has shared their wisdom and valuable perspectives about photography, creativity, composition, and connecting w…


Using Photography and Film to Tell Untold Stories With Talor Stone and Ashlei Payne

Feb. 22, 2022

Episode 47: Today I sit down with Arctic specialist and photographer, Talor Stone , and award-winning filmmaker, Ashlei Payne , to chat about: Their individual paths, experiences, and stories that have led them to collaborat…