Aspen, CO (October 18, 2019): Aspen Film is pleased to announce the recent addition of two new colleagues to its team: Susan Dampier, Events & Marketing Director and Jason Anderson, Shortsfest Program Director, both of whom bring years of experience, wisdom and insight to the organization.

“As we are a small organization, bringing on new team members is like marrying into a close-knit family,” says Aspen Film Executive + Artistic Director Susan Wrubel. “Susan and Jason are two people with whom I’d be happy to share holidays which is why I am so thrilled to welcome both to the organization. Both have a real understanding of the mission and goals of Aspen Film and bring so much with them which speaks to our culture and constituents.”

Wrubel adds, “Susan has been in the valley for 14 years, is a highly regarded professional with an incredible can-do attitude and she and her family are ingrained in this community. I couldn’t ask for a more respected and stalwart colleague. Jason’s work with Short Cuts at the Toronto international Film Festival is sure to resonate with the local community, and his comprehension of and approach to programming will speak to our audiences. He understands the tenor here and is excited to bring a new program to Aspen.”

Susan Dampier – Events + Marketing Director
Susan brings over 20 years of corporate hospitality experience to Aspen Film. She has designed events for spectacular destinations such as The Meridian Club on Pine Cay and The Beach Plum Inn on Martha’s Vineyard. Susan was a member of the Senior Management Team at Aspen Skiing Company where she was part of the opening executive team of the Residences at The Little Nell and served as General Manager at the Limelight Hotel Aspen. While honing her skills in Events & Marketing throughout her career, Susan has enjoyed living and working in incredible locations such as the Turks & Caicos Islands, Napa Valley, and Los Angeles. Susan and her husband relocated to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2005 and can’t imagine living anywhere else. During her free time, she enjoys traveling the globe with her chef husband LeRoy and daughter Colette.

Jason Anderson – Shortsfest Program Director
Jason Anderson is a programmer, writer and lecturer based in Toronto where he will remain for his work with Aspen Film. He’s the lead programmer for Short Cuts, the Toronto International Film Festival’s annual program of short-form cinema. He’s also the director of programming for the Kingston Canadian Film Festival, the country’s largest standalone festival of Canadian movies. He’s served on juries for festival such as Hot Docs, Vienna Independent Shorts, the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival and Nordisk Panorama. Previously a longtime critic and columnist for Toronto’s Eye Weekly and The Grid, he currently writes about film and music for such publications as Uncut, Sight & Sound and Cinema Scope. He teaches film criticism at the University of Toronto and feature journalism at Ryerson University. His first novel Showbiz was published by Toronto’s ECW Press in 2004. Raised in Calgary, he lives in Toronto with his wife, daughter and too many records.