Ashley and Leslie Saunders
Ashley and Leslie Saunders are twin sister filmmakers based in Austin, TX and the founders of Saunders Sisters Productions. They earned their B.S. at the University of Texas at Austin, focusing on writing, directing, and producing. Their award winning short films have played internationally at festivals including SXSW, Los Angles Reel Film Festival, Action on Film Festival, and the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. The most recent short film the sisters produced received a Gold Medal at the 2013 Student Academy Awards.
Ashley and Leslie have worked and learned from prestigious filmmakers within the industry including Academy Award nominated filmmakers Richard Linklater and Stephen Frears, and famed Spanish director Emilio Aragón. From these experiences the sisters recognized the importance of telling a story that is distinctly their own voice; to be bold, to keep reaching and to never fear going after exactly what they want.
The sisters are currently in development of their debut feature film A LIVING REBELLION – about twin sisters who are born into a future United States that has adopted a one-child policy. Twin sisters Ava and Mira are forced to go on the run and leave everything they’ve known behind- finding adventure, friends, knowledge, and most importantly, themselves, along the way.
When not working on films, Ashley and Leslie enjoy running around with their Boston Terriers and soaking up the Austin sun at Barton Springs.