Susan Wrubel Web

Susan Wrubel is a seasoned entertainment industry executive and film producer who has served in a number of capacities throughout an extensive and multi-faceted career in the global film industry. Susan has also worked in the non-profit arena: in particular, curating project selection and as industry liaison for New York’-based Independent Feature Project’s (IFP) No Borders 45-project, international co-production market from 2010-2013, as well as producing the 2012 edition of the IFP’s Gotham Independent Film Awards. From 2007-2010, she oversaw the Miami International Film Festival’s panel and seminar series, and handled the industry side of their Encuentros co-production market. She has also been working with the Rio International Film Festival advising on US feature film selection, and participating in their industry initiatives.


Susan has successfully navigated a multitude of areas in the film world, including: film acquisitions, sales, development, production, marketing, and distribution. Most recently Susan was working with New York-based CinePointe Advisors, a film/television advisory group, providing strategic guidance and support to producers, financiers and production companies on packaging, sales, distribution and financing. She was also closely affiliated with LA-based Hyperion Media Group, an entertainment entity that develops, finances and produces film, TV and gaming content. Additional past clients include Back Up Films, Paris; UK-based international foreign sales agency The Salt Co; Orange Entertainment, an LA-based rep for 10 international distributors; Pimienta Productions, and startup online film finance website, Slated.


She served as the Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Paramount Classics, overseeing domestic international territorial acquisitions, as well as evaluation projects at script stage for co-production both in the US and abroad. She also ran the theatrical division of New Yorker Films from 1996-2000, where she worked with world-class filmmakers Claude Chabrol, The Dardenne Brothers, Claire Denis, Carlos Diegues, Werner Herzog, Emir Kusturica, Shohei Immamura, Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, and Arturo Ripstein.


Susan is a co-executive producer on THEY, which premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. In addition, she was an executive producer on MAGGIE’S PLAN, which was released by Sony Pictures Classics in May 2016; executive producer on LA TIMES, which had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival; Tribeca and Berlin award-winner JUNCTION 48, and the Netflix Original doc I’LL SLEEP WHEN I’M DEAD on DJ Steve Aoki, as well as co-executive producer on Hyperion’s THE HALLOW which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film. She was also a production executive on the film STILL ALICE.


Regna has been involved with Aspen Film for the past several years. Prior to her move to the Roaring Fork Valley, she was the Executive Artistic Director and Owner of The Paradise Theatre in Paonia, Colorado where she evolved the theatre’s programming from its primary function as a historic movie house to include national musical touring acts, original theatrical productions and independent and foreign film. Currently, she works with the Carbondale Council for Arts and Humanities on their annual Green is the New Black Fashion Show as stage manager. She holds a M.Ed. from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA in Curriculum and Instruction through the Arts. Regna is thrilled to offer educational opportunities  and enrichment through film and believes in the power of art to connect and build community.

Jane Schoettle is an International Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival®, responsible for programming films from Australia, New Zealand and Israel, as well as American independent cinema. Schoettle has worked as a script consultant for private clients and participated in numerous film residency programmes, most recently for the South Australian Film Corporation at the Adelaide Film Festival and for Screen Australia held in Sydney. She has served on numerous international festival juries including events in Scandinavia, Europe, South America and South Asia, and often appears on-camera or in-print as a film expert. She has spoken extensively on the subject of ‘Festival Strategies for Independent Films’, most recently in Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, SXSW 2010 and 2011, as well as the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. In March 2012 she was a Jury Member for Narrative Features at SXSW in Austin, Texas. In 2013, she served on the International Jury for the Jerusalem International Film Lab. She divides her time between Toronto and Palm Springs, California.

Landon Zakheim is thrilled to join the Aspen Film team as the newest director of programming for Aspen Shortsfest. In addition to his duties for the film society, he is currently a short film programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, where he has worked since 2008, head shorts programmer for the LA Film Festival, senior programmer for the Philadelphia Film Festival, and interactive curator for the Denver Film Festival. He is the co-founder and co-director of The Overlook Film Festival, a four-day celebration of all things horror with a focus on live shows and interactive events in addition to its robust film lineup. The 2018 edition will be held in New Orleans April 19th-22nd.


For the past three seasons, he has been program director for The Wrap’s online ShortList Film festival and he formerly programmed the American Film Institute’s fall festival in Los Angeles, AFI FEST. Zakheim has more than a decade of festival experience with such organizations as the Telluride Film Festival, San Francisco Film Society, CineVegas, Austin Film Society, Tribeca Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Society and Outfest. He has consulted for First Look’s Topic, an online magazine of short films, Vimeo, and the Lexus Short Films Project among others and has been a juror at such prestigious festivals as SXSW, where he is also a mentor, BiFan, Korea’s largest genre festival, and Sitges.


An advocate for new forms of storytelling, he has been a reader for the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab and co-created the sold-out immersive pop-up escape room “Satanic Panic Room” in partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse and the 2016 Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. Some time ago, he directed two shorts films which went on to play over 60 prestigious festivals around the world, including Aspen Shortsfest. He very much hopes you enjoy the Shortsfest lineup!

Katie Shapiro - Publicity & Marketing Director

Katie Shapiro, Marketing & Publicity Consultant
Katie is the founder and principal of Katie Shapiro Media, a boutique firm specializing in publicity for independent films and film festivals, working with Aspen Film intermittently since 2012. She’s broadened audiences for THE SYNDROME (Directed by Meryl Goldsmith, 2014), CODE BLACK (Directed by Ryan McGarry, 2013), HANNA RANCH (Directed by Mitch Dickman, 2012), THE LOST BIRD PROJECT (Directed by Deborah Dickson, 2012), Stanley Film Festival, Denver Film Festival, and Women+Film Voices Film Festival.


In 2010, she co-founded the first official young patrons extension of the Denver Film Society, Reel Social Club, and sat on the DFS’ Board of Directors until 2016. Its banner fundraiser Summer Scream at Lakeside brings over 1,000 attendees annually to Denver’s historic amusement park and has raised over $100,000 for the non-profit organization since its inception.


As a producer, her first two features ROLLING PAPERS (Directed by Mitch Dickman, 2015) and ACTOR MARTINEZ (Directed by Mike Ott & Nathan Silver, 2016) were acquired following their SXSW and Tribeca Film Festival premieres, respectively. She is also a producer on the television docu-series SUBCULTURE (Directed by Mitch Dickman, 2017), which screened at SeriesFest Season 3 in the Independent Pilot Competition.


When she is not working the film festival circuit, Katie is a freelance travel, style, and cannabis writer. She is known for blending urban trends with mountain luxury and is a sought-after authority on living the Colorado lifestyle at its highest. Katie holds a B.S. in Business from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Colorado (Boulder).


Kerry Schmidt, Producing Consultant

Kerry Schmidt has produced hundreds of hours of television over the course of a 20-year career. She developed and produced a broad range of successful unscripted, documentary and reality programming. Her expertise includes co-creating, producing, leading and managing large-scale, multi-episodic productions from inception through post production. Her credits include Inside Edition, Access Hollywood, primetime broadcast network hits, Big Brother, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, American Grit and countless shows in the cable space.  She also spent three years at Sony Pictures Television where she served as the Vice President of Development, Reality and Syndication. Her passion outside of producing is volunteering with kids in after-school enrichment programs. Kerry is currently consulting with Aspen Film to help expand its film education programs for kids.

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