Peyton Wilson is one of today’s most interesting documentary filmmakers. Her work includes the acclaimed fighter pilot documentary feature Speed and Angels, honored with screenings at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and across the Festival circuit. It won Best in Fest and Best Documentary at the San Luis Obispo Film Festival and received the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the San Diego Film Festival. Peyton’s documentary short The Bronzer, also enjoyed a successful film Festival run and rave reviews in the press. Film Threat compared Peyton’s approach—which elicits the openness and depth of character of The Bronzer’s subject—to the style of one of film’s masters, Ingmar Bergman.
Peyton most recently directed Dove’s branded film and viral sensation “Louisa & Rob,” for the Amazing Moments campaign. A real-life story, the film features 22-year-old Louisa finding her true love, the man she first fell for on a poster when she was 12 and he was a singer in a boy band. Dove’s “Louisa & Rob” was curated in tastemakers ranging from Huffington Post and Inside Edition to FastCoCreate and Creativity, but got the ultimate endorsement from Ashton Kutcher on Facebook, who wrote, “What an amazing story!”
Other commercials directed by Peyton are TNC’s “Our Nature,” a beautiful film narrated by Jessica Chastain about a woman’s first love—Nature, praised in tastemakers such as FastCoCreate and Creativity; HP’s “Making Zebras Dance” web film (BBDO NY), a portrait of DreamWorks’ animator Rex Grignon; Special K’s “More Than A Number” (Leo Burnett Chicago), a hidden camera spot and SHOOT Top Spot with real women who demonstrate confidence and beauty go beyond the size of their waistlines; a campaign for U.S. Navy (Campbell-Ewald) featuring a reservist and chaplain whose poignant narratives unfold in authentically documented stories; and an integrated campaign for Nokia about TED Fellows (Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam). Peyton’s impressive body of work landed her a profile in EMMY magazine’s prestigious “In The Mix” series.
A California native, Peyton has always punctuated a love for the great outdoors with a focus on writing and documentary filmmaking. When she doesn’t have a camera in her hand, she is riding horses, her favorite pastime since childhood.