FILMFEST INDUSTRY GUESTS

Noah Bashevkin
Producer, Writer; MUSEUM TOWN

Noah Bashevkin is a producer and programmer with THE OFFICE performing arts + film, an independent curator and production company based in New York.  Since graduating, Noah has worked in film production, international film distribution strategy, and as an associate with Catapult Film Fund, for whom he still serves as a program advisor. With THE OFFICE, Noah has contributed programming to the Margaret Mead Film Festival and Aspen Filmfest, produced Carrie Mae Weems’ PAST TENSE and the Sundance Works-In-Progress reading series in New York. His great-grandparents immigrated to North Adams, MA from Russia, and his grandfather and father were both born and raised there. He has been visiting MASS MoCA since it opened. Noah studied English Literature and Religion at Williams College, with an emphasis on critical theory and film. This is his first film production.

Eugenia Bone
Science and Food Writer, Author and Speaker

Eugenia Bone is a critically acclaimed journalist, with an emphasis on nature and food, and former president of the New York Mycological Society. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers. Her books include Microbia, Mycophilia, The Kitchen Ecosystem, At Mesa’s Edge, and Well Preserved. Her books have been nominated for a variety of awards, including a Colorado Book Award and James Beard Award, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Food & Wine, and Gourmet, among many others. Eugenia has lectured widely, in venues like the Denver Botanical Garden and the New York Public Library, and been on radio and in podcasts many times, most recently, Wisconsin Public Radio’s “To The Best of Our Knowledge

Mark Bozek
Director, THE TIMES OF BILL CUNNINGHAM

Mark Bozek’s diverse background includes three years as an assistant to famed Method acting guru, Lee Strasberg, six years as a marketing executive for designer Willi Smith of WilliWear, a producer at Fox Television and a twenty-plus career in TV shop-ping at QVC, then as CEO of HSN and EVINE Live. In 2016 he and producer Russell Nuce co-founded content and commerce company Live Rocket. THE TIMES OF BILL CUNNINGHAM is his first feature-length documentary.

Bob Braudis

Bob Braudis was born and raised in Massachusetts. He was educated in New York. He moved to Aspen with his wife and two daughters fifty years ago, where he served as the elected Sheriff of Pitkin County from 1987-2011. He was introduced to Rafelson by their mutual friend, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.

Joyce Bulifant
TV Actress

Joyce Bulifant’s extensive credits on stage and TV have made her a familiar face and popular personality. Most notably, as Marie on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” playing Gavin MacLeod’s wife. Also the film “Airplane,” the Disney Musical, “The Happiest Millionaire” and many appearances on game shows, especially “Matchgame.” Under contract at Universal, she guest starred with Fred Astaire and on “The Virginia,” “Destry Rides Again,” “Thriller” and many others. Among her many TV credits are starring on “Perry Mason,” “Gunsmoke,” “My Three Sons,” “Just Shoot Me” and “Weird Science.” She has performed in many theatres across the United States. Among her writing credits are two one woman shows, “Life Upon the Wicked Stage,” “Remembering Helen Hayes with Love.” She also wrote and produced, “Gifts of Greatness,” and “Different Hero’s Different Dreams” about the struggles of dyslexia. Stephen Cannel and NBC hired her to write a movie of the week about dyslexia. Miss Bulifant has completed a memoire, “My Four Hollywood Husbands,” receiving four and a half stars on Amazon over 80 reviews and has sold many copies. Miss Bulifant is the executive vice president of The Dyslexia Foundation; she has served on many boards and founded an Advocacy Center in Colorado for abused children.

 

Miss Bulifant’s first love is theatre! At age 14 she made her debut in summer stock, after attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she understudied the lead and played a small role in the Broadway production of “Tall Story” then went on to do several off-Broadway productions, winning The Daniel Blum Theatre World award for, “Whisper to Me.” On Broadway she stared opposite Bill Bixby in the production of “The Paisley Convertible.” David Susskind cast her in a live TV production, “Too Young to go Steady,” which was followed by a live, Play of the Week production. Hollywood called and after playing the lead in several TV series, her love of theatre saw her traveling across the US, performing in “Bus Stop,” “Under the Yum Yum Tree” opposite James MacArthur. She played Molly in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” the musical version of “You Never Can Tell,” and “Make a Promise Keep a Promise,” at the Huntington Theatre in LA and at the National Company  “Vanities,” and “Prelude to a Kiss.” She played opposite Charles Groden in the HBO production of “Charley’s Aunt” and then back to NY where she played in “The Torch Bearers” at the Theatre in Stratford. At the Barter Theatre in Virginia, she played opposite Gary Collins in a new play by A.J. Carothers. Miss Bulifant has performed on the Seabourn cruise line with her husband in “I Do I Do” and “Love Letters.” She is currently doing speaking engagements about her book.

Rachel Chanoff
Executive Producer, MUSEUM TOWN

Rachel Chanoff has been working in performing arts and film for 35 years and is the founder and director of THE OFFICE performing arts + film. She is the Curator of Performing Arts and Film for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), Consultant to the Feature Film and Theater Programs for the Sundance Institute, Curator of The New York Jewish Film Festival and The Margaret Mead Film Festival, Director of Programming of the CenterSeries at Williams College, and the Artistic Director of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.

Michael Shaun Conaway
Director, WeRiseUP

Michael Shaun Conaway is the Director  of WeRiseUP The Movie and CEO at Storyworks, a social impact creative agency.  His mission is to liberate greatness in people and organizations to redesign our failing systems and create an anti-fragile, anti-rival world, one that works for all. His work is in strategy, storytelling and branding for leading edge companies building solutions for a thriving future.  In his most recent film project WeRiseUP, director Michael Shaun explores how we can redesign success at the personal, collective and universal levels to create a thriving future for humanity. Learn more at weriseup.com.

 

Michael Shaun is an undying champion of business as a force for good. At Storyworks, he help’s companies grow their purpose, profit and impact focusing on their authentic why and their true north story.  For 20 years he has been at the vanguard of using media to move and inspire audiences to learn, grow and develop themselves to their highest potential. He has developed major interactive training and leadership development programs for hundreds of thousands of people for companies including Coca Cola, Dollar Shave Club, Owens Corning, Telus and Landmark Education. 

 

Michael Shaun started his career in the mid nineties as an award winning writer/director for interactive video games. By 2000 his creative agency, Storyworks became the go to agency for high tech companies looking to invent the future of tech. At Storyworks Michael Shaun has created and directed commercials for some of the industry’s top companies and organizations including: NBC, The Olympics, Microsoft, Kodak and Hewlett Packard.

C. Barclay Dodge
Executive Chef/Owner, Bosq

Chef C. Barclay Dodge has spent the last thirty years traveling to and living in far away places from North Africa, Spain, South East Asia, Central America, Australia and all over Sub-Saharan Africa. The flavors & cultures of his travels have always intrigued him and he finds himself heavily delving into the markets and restaurants (white tablecloth to street food) wherever he may be. Working in Michelin starred restaurants in Spain and New York are also where he draws deep inspiration.

 

Since opening Bosq in Spring of 2016, Chef Dodge has truly honed his style, pulling from his relationships with local biodynamic farms and from his love of foraging deep in the local woods. Together with his team of extremely driven chefs, the cuisine of Bosq is just that…Bosq Cuisine. It is our belief that collaborating with these farmers and the wild products, we grasp flavor at its highest level, one that is symbiotic with our environment. Cooking with what lives and grows in our backyard is what drives Bosq. We strive to always create an experience that will leave you craving the bold flavors of Aspen.

Michelle Esrick
Director, CRACKED UP

Michelle Esrick is an award-winning filmmaker, poet, and social activist. Esrick’s directing credits include CRACKED UP, THE WAVY GRAVY MOVIE: SAINT MISBEHAVIN’, and the music video LET’S RISE! which CNN dubbed the anthem for the March for Our Lives Movement in protest of the epidemic of gun violence in America. She is also the Executive Producer of the Netflix Original film, RAM DASS, GOING HOME, which was short-listed for a 2017 Academy Award®.

Glenda Greenwald
President & Founder, Aspen Brain Institute, Aspen Brain Forum and AspenBrainLab

Greenwald is a Brain Health advocate, a social entrepreneur and innovator in the area of applied Brain Science. Greenwald organized the first Aspen Brain Forum conference in 2010, an annual meeting of International Brain Researchers in Aspen, partnering with the New York Academy of Sciences. Aspen Brain Institute’s newest event is AspenBrainLab, started in 2013, a one day lecture series on Brain Health for the educated, sophisticated Aspen public. In 2019 Aspen Brain Institute began shifting its position from a focus on fighting Brain Disease to becoming a global forum for Brain Health. Aspen Brain Institute’s new and expanded Mission is: to create a Brain-Healthy Planet, to democratize access to the best minds and evidence-based information on Brain Heath, and to elevate the level of Brain Health literacy around the globe. Greenwald was Founder and Chair Emeritus of the Aspen Center for Integral Health, a national institute convening conferences on integrative and preventive medicine from 2000-2010. Prior to ACIH, Greenwald was Founder and Chair of the WISH List (Women in the Senate and House) a national organization supporting pro-choice Republican women candidates for Congress, Senate, and Governorships. In 1970 Greenwald founded the Human Intelligence International Newsletter distributed to educators, psychologists, and neuroscientists in 26 countries. She was also publisher and editor of the Michigan Woman magazine, targeted to 50,000 business and professional women. Greenwald is married, has four children and ten grandchildren. She has lived in seven countries in fifteen houses, and speaks four languages.

Sandy Iglehart
Board President, Aspen Hope Center

Sandy helped found the Aspen Hope Center in 2010 after losing her daughter Courtenay to suicide. Because of this loss Sandy was determined to try to eradicate the shame and stigma that surrounds mental health issues. Her daughter’s spirit continues to inspire her to “Shine A Light” on mental health and honor her memory. Sandy has been the Board President of the Hope Center for 6 years and served as Secretary on the Susan G. Komen Foundation for 11 years.

Kate Maloney
Creator & Producer, WeRiseUP

Kate Maloney, PhD is the Creator & Producer of WeRiseUP The Movie and Movement that features the United Nations and key global leaders including the Dalai Lama, John Mackey (Founder, Whole Foods Market), Amina Mohammad (Secretary Deputy General of the United Nations), Blake Mycoskie (Founder, TOMS Shoes), Tony Hsieh (Founder, Zappos), Luke Nosek, (Co-Founder, PayPal), Casey Sheehan (former President/CEO, Patagonia), Moby (Grammy Artist), Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul series) among many others.  Kate has a background a social entrepreneur was featured as a top entrepreneur in Inc Magazine and is an INC 500 Company Founder. Over the last decade, Kate has founded over a dozen technology companies primarily in the healthcare sector and has had nine company exits. She has served as Co-Board Chair with John Mackey (Founder & CEO, Whole Foods Market) to bring together conscious business and thought leaders together in a non-profit context to solve some of the most serious problems facing the planet today. Kate holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Doctoral Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Organizational & Financial Applications.  

Alex Melnyk
Producer, WeRiseUP

Alex Melnyk is a Producer of WeRiseUP The Movie and the President of Storyworks, a social impact creative agency helping brands grow purpose, profit and impact.  Alex has a fierce passion for elevating the work of women entrepreneurs who are solving for a sustainable, equitable and just world.

 

Alex discovered that she has a gift for connecting people when she became the co-manager of international pop band, The Thompson Twins, at the age of 19. After several years leading the band’s marketing, communications, and tour production Alex found her way to the legendary film production company, Propaganda Films, where she became an Executive Producer working with the biggest directors of her generation. In the early nineties she became fascinated with the future of entertainment and made the jump to digital as the VP of Interactive at MCA/Universal.

 

Over the years of leading different organizations, Alex has learned to focus on helping to create a net positive for the world by connecting people to their purpose and passion.  The drive to connect purpose to our work in life is fulfilled in her current feature length CauseUmentary, WeRiseUP which explores a new definition of success at the personal, collective and universal levels that places living your purpose and making a contribution to the world at the way to have a thriving future for humanity.

Paul D. Miller
aka DJ Spooky

Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. Miller has collaborated with an array of recording artists, including Metallica, Chuck D, Steve Reich, and Yoko Ono. His 2018 album, DJ Spooky Presents: Phantom Dancehall, debuted at #3 on Billboard Reggae.

 

His large-scale, multimedia performance pieces include “Rebirth of a Nation,” Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica, commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Seoul Counterpoint, written during his 2014 residency at Seoul Institute of the Arts. His multimedia project Sonic Web premiered at San Francisco’s Internet Archive in 2019. He was the inaugural artist-in-residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s The Met Reframed, 2012-2013.

 

In 2014, he was named National Geographic Emerging Explorer. He produced Pioneers of African American Cinema, a collection of the earliest films made by African American directors, released in 2015. Miller’s artwork has appeared in the Whitney Biennial, The Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Miami/Art Basel fair, and many other museums and galleries.

 

His books include the award-winning Rhythm Science, published by MIT Press in 2004; Sound Unbound, an anthology about digital music and media; The Book of Ice, a visual and acoustic portrait of the Antarctic, and; The Imaginary App, on how apps changed the world. His writing has been published by The Village Voice, The Source, and Artforum, and he was the first founding Executive Editor of Origin Magazine.

Michelle Muething
Executive Director, Aspen Hope Center

In 1999, Michelle graduated from Western Carolina University with her Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Neuropsychology and testing. She accepted her first position as the Juvenile Coordinator for The Rape Crisis Center in South Carolina and worked in the emergency department assisting sexual assault victims. In 2001, Michelle moved to Indianapolis and took an Adjunct Faculty position with Indiana University at IUPUI. Simultaneously, she began work in the emergency department at Wishard Memorial Hospital, an inner-city teaching hospital connected to IU School of Medicine. Here, Michelle was able to merge two passions – working directly with individuals in severe crisis, as well as teaching undergraduate classes and sharing the direct experiences and knowledge gained from the work in the ED. Wishard Hospital was also the facility contracted with the Marion County Prison and through her work at the hospital; Michelle was able to conduct psychiatric evaluations within this prison system, thus opening a door for additional experience. In 2006, Michelle reduced her hospital work to part-time and accepted a position as Corporate Compliance Officer at Fairbanks Hospital, as free-standing addictions facility. With so much learned from so many people and places, Michelle moved to Colorado in December of 2009 and said good-bye to the both hospitals and the university. For the past 10 years, Michelle has served the Aspen Valley, as one of the original staff members of the Aspen Hope Center and is not the Executive Director. Underneath the administrative title of Executive Director, Michelle is, and always be will be, a crisis clinician at heart.

Louie Schwartzberg
Director, FANTASTIC FUNGI

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director and producer whose notable career spans more than four decades providing breathtaking imagery using his time-lapse, high-speed and macro cinematography techniques. Schwartzberg is a visual artist who breaks barriers, connects with audiences, and tells stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries and wisdom of nature, people, and places. 

 

Louie’s theatrical releases include the 3D IMAX film Mysteries of the Unseen World with National Geographic, narrated by Forest Whitaker; the documentary, Wings of Life for Disneynature, narrated by Meryl Streep, and America’s Heart and Soul for Walt Disney Studios. 

 

His latest feature film, Fantastic Fungi, which explores the world of mushrooms and mycelium and illustrates how this fascinating organism can provide sustainable solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems, from curing diseases, to saving the bees, and cleaning the atmosphere will be released in theaters fall, 2019. 

Louie has also directed the Soarin’ Around the World; an IMAX ride film, now showing at Disney Theme Parks worldwide. 

 

His Netflix series, Moving Art, was renewed for a third season and will be premiering in September, 2019. Designed to inspire, educate and evolve our perspective on the world, each episode immerses viewers in the natural world, taking them on a journey through time and scale. 

 

Louie’s TED talks have gone viral with over 54 million combined views. His Gratitude Revealed series of shorts were launched on Oprah.com. Supported by the Templeton Foundation, with science and analytics by the Greater Good Center at UC Berkeley, the series explores the multifaceted virtues of gratitude. 

 

Louie is the only filmmaker to be inducted into the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Lemelson Foundation’s Invention Ambassadors Program. 

 

For Schwartzberg, the greatest satisfaction is creating works that can have a positive effect on the future of the planet. “I hope my films inspire and open people’s hearts. Beauty is nature’s tool for survival – we protect what we love. That is the shift in consciousness we need to sustain and celebrate life.” 

 

Louie is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, Directors Guild of America and on the board of Earth Day Network.