Assistant Expedition Leader

Ashley Karitis

Ashley was raised in Central Oregon where she spent her childhood ski racing, riding horses, playing classical piano, and working summer jobs on a dude ranch. She then attended the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles earning degrees in cinema-television, history, and international relations. Although immersed in the studies of narrative filmmaking, she gravitated toward the process, deeper on-camera conversations, and scientific and human themes explored in documentary production.

Since graduating from USC, Ashley has produced, directed, photographed, and edited feature and short film projects that have ruminated on octogenarian romance, followed grassroots peace activists, and depicted a myriad of characters and cultures. She helped to produce documentary and public broadcast series such as History Detectives, Time Team America, and Oregon Field Guide that have taken her to the aisles of the Library of Congress, pits of archaeology digs across the United States, and to remote communities in the Americas, Africa, Central Asia, and more.

Ashley enjoys the great privilege to be behind the camera shooting wildlife in remote & scenic environments and editing together a compelling, authentic story.

Ashley currently resides in Bend, Oregon, and when not on assignment, enjoys skiing, hiking, horses, rock climbing, and water sports.