Ashley Archer Tindall

Experienced television and film producer and director with a passion for translating scientific research and public policy nuance to broad audiences through innovative and in-depth storytelling.



Stanford University, Master of Communications (Documentary Film and Video Production), 2006
University of California, Los Angeles, Master of Public Policy (International Development), 2004
University of Chicago, Bachelor of Arts (Literature with Honors), June 2000
Université de Dakar (Senegal), 1999
Université de Paris VII (France), 1998


27 Months
Feature-length independent documentary in post-production.
Three Peace Corps volunteers struggle with their ideals and the expectations of small communities as they serve simultaneously in Azerbaijan, Liberia and the Philippines.
Fiscally sponsored by the Southern Documentary Fund.

Standing on Sacred Ground
Associate Producer
Christopher McLeod, Director/Producer, Earth Island Institute
Four-hour documentary series profiling indigenous communities where sacred sites and biodiversity are faced with destruction. (Locations: Russia, Peru, Australia, and US).
Scheduled for broadcast on PBS in 2015.

NOVA: Vaccines- Calling the Shots
Field Producer
Sonya Pemberton, Director, Genepool Productions (San Francisco, CA)
NOVA’s “Vaccines—Calling the Shots” takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations and shed light on the risks of opting out.
PBS broadcast 2014.

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia
Video Producer
Produced educational content for DVD release of the HBO feature film directed by James Redford.

Crossfire Hurricane
Research Coordinator/AP
Brett Morgen, Director and Morgan Neville, Producer, Tremolo Productions (Los Angeles, CA)
Feature length HBO documentary on the Rolling Stones’ early years in the music industry.
HBO broadcast 2012.

Otter 501
Assistant Director (1st)

Robert Talbot, Director and Mark Shelley and Josh Rosen, Producers, Sea Studios Foundation
Hybrid documentary/narrative film about sea otter rescue in collaboration with Monterey Bay Aquarium (Monterey, CA).
PBS Nature broadcast 2012

How Man Tamed the Wild, “Explorer”, National Geographic TV
Associate Producer
Anna Fitch, Director, Winton Dupont (San Francisco, CA)
National Geographic Channel broadcast 2010 (Locations: Russia, Germany, US)

Collapse, National Geographic TV
Associate Producer
Noel Dockstader and Quinn Kanaly, Producers, Far West Film (Sausalito, CA)
National Geographic Special based on Jared Diamond’s bestselling book “Collapse”.
National Geographic Channel broadcast 2010 (Locations: Tunisia, Honduras, Mexico, US)

Feathers and Coins
Documentary short profiling one community facing conflict over Indian gaming in rural New Mexico.
Broadcast Free Speech TV 2008.  Official Selection Santa Fe Film Festival, Rural Route Festival.

Children of the Amazon
Director’s Assistant/Researcher
Denise Zmekhol, Director, ZDFilms (Berkeley, CA)
Feature Documentary about the impact of rainforest destruction on the indigenous people of Brazil.
National PBS broadcast 2008.

California and the American Dream (Episode: “The New Los Angeles”)
Lyn Goldfarb, Producer/Director, Beyond the Dream LLC (Los Angeles, CA)
Documentary series on the changing culture and politics and identity of California.
National PBS Broadcast 2006.

Paris, 1951
Jasmin Gordon, Director
Documentary short about the legacy of familial betrayal from the director’s POV.
“Independent Lens,” PBS Broadcast 2006.


The Terry Sanford Legacy (2014)
Documentary video series and installation for the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University.
In post-production. Editing in Adobe Premiere.

America’s Poverty Course (2014)
52 expert videos for The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, Stanford University.
To be released as a MOOC (online education course) in 2015. Editing in Premiere.

“Escalation” trailer (2014) PSA video for One Love Foundation in honor of Yeardley Love.

UCSF Dyslexia Center (2014) fundraising video, featuring California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
Produced for University of California, San Francisco.

Voice & Influence video series, a collaboration of and The Clayman Institute for Gender Research,
 Stanford UniversityProduced 2013. Edited in FCP.

35 Years and Counting (2009) Anniversary video produced for The Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University. Shot in HDV. Edited in FCP.

Senate Bill 375: Insights from the Experts (2009).
Edited lecture series for Center for a Sustainable California, Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California, BerkeleyEdited in FCP.

10th Anniversary Video (2005) produced for the East Los Angeles Community Corporation. Shot in DVCAM. Edited in Final Cut Pro.

Sugar’s Bitter Taste (2004) Video accompaniment to UCLA Applied Policy Project. Shot in miniDV. Edited in Final Cut Pro.


“The Art of the Interview: How to control the message on either side of the camera”
Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy MediaLab 2014

Individualized training for academic researchers


The Bitter Taste of Sugar: Case Study of a World Bank Project, Chininpi, Ecuador

Research Assistant
to Dr. Andrew Sabl, Assistant Professor of Policy Studies 2003-2004
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
– Researched affirmative action legal arguments and racial profiling in the Los Angeles Police Department.

Program Development Assistant 2002-2003
Relief International, Los Angeles, CA, a non-profit aid organization focused on the Near East
– Prepared status reports on humanitarian needs in autonomous Northern Iraq (Kurdistan) and wrote concept papers for refugee assistance and preparedness training.


2006 Center for the Study of the North American West at Stanford University grant
2006 University Film and Video Association production grant
2006 Enersen Fund film grant
Highest Honors, MPP 2004, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
2003 Research Grant from the Latin American Studies Center at UCLA for Applied Policy Project in Ecuador
2003 Hoffenburg Fellow in American Politics
2003-2004 Hal E. Martin Fellowship
2002 Graduate Advisory Board of the School of Public Policy Fellowship

Pre-production: story development, archival research, pre-interviewing, budgeting, pitching
Field Production : location management, line producing
Post-production: media management, editing, clearances/permissions, deliverables

Media and Leadership Training for Scientists and Educators

Adobe Creative Cloud (Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop), FinalCut Pro/Studio, Scrivener, FinalDraft, Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Quicken.

Canon 5D/7D (with sync or separate system audio), Sony EX1/EX3, Panasonic HDX900, Arri SRI 16mm, 8mm Bolex, Tascam, Nagra (reel-to-reel)

French, conversant Spanish

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