Festival Year: 2018

Ashley Bell

Roles: Director

An actress across film, television and Broadway Ashley Bell is most recognizable for her
critically acclaimed role in The Last Exorcism, for which she earned an Independent
Spirit Award and MTV Movie Award nomination. Bell has crossed genres, making her
Broadway debut in Machinal and has starred in films that have garnered acclaim at
Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca and TIFF.
Bell directed, wrote and produced her first feature documentary entitled, Love &
Bananas: An Elephant Story, which will have a national theatrical release by
Abramorama in April of 2018. Ashley serves as a US Ambassador for Cruelty Free
Bell is adapting a play by Pulitzer Prize nominee Lillian Groag into a limited series, and is
writing a book on independent documentary filmmaking. Born and raised in Los
Angeles, Bell studied acting and directing at Cambridge University (UK). She graduated
from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with honors, and was mentored by Oscar nominee
Kathleen Turner.

Festival Year: 2018


Love and Bananas

(US, 2018, 76min)