Librarian by day, filmmaker by night.
Ashley Maynor is an award-winning filmmaker, librarian, and scholar who uses digital (and analog) technology to tell compelling stories.
Her work as director includes the documentary For Memories’ Sake, which screened at the Library of Congress, the Nashville Film Festival, the Maryland Film Festival, and on the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, among other venues, and the transmedia project, The Story of the Stuff.
She also produced the critically-acclaimed feature film Something, Anything (2015 New York Times Critics' Pick) and the ITVS co-production Quick Feet, Soft Hands, starring Greta Gerwig, both written and directed by Paul Harrill and writer/director Cameron Nelson's debut feature, Some Beasts (US-in-Progress selection; 2014 IFP Narrative Lab).
A native of Joelton, Tennessee, Maynor has previously been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech and a production mentor for Stony Brook University's MFA in Film program.
In addition to filmmaking, Maynor has also engaged with building communities through video partnerships, empowering youth and communities to tell their own stories as the co-founder and program director of the Blue Ridge Stories Youth Video Workshop (2007-2011), as a video facilitator for Scribe Video Center’s Precious Places Project (2006), and as a guest artist in the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge’s Artists in Schools program (2007-2009).
She is a past recipient of the Sundance Institute's Sheila C. Johnson Creative Producing Fellowship and the American Library Association's Justin Winsor Prize. In 2015, she was named one of "10 to Watch" by Independent Magazine and in 2016, she was recognized as a Library Journal "Mover & Shaker" for innovative digital storytelling.
Her work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the Austin Film Society, the Southern Humanities Media Fund, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
She and her work have been profiled in a wide array of print and media ranging from Filmmaker Magazine to National Public Radio to American Libraries.
Maynor works at the University of Tennessee Libraries in the digital humanities where she connects the work of artists, critics, and scholars with online communities. She is also co-founder and current co-director of The Collective whose goal is to redefine the professional development landscape for next-generation librarians.