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SUSAN WRUBEL, EXECUTIVE & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
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.

 

She can be reached at swrubel@aspenfilm.org.

LANDON ZAKHEIM, ASPEN SHORTSFEST DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING
Landon Zakheim joined the Aspen Film team as the newest director of programming for Aspen Shortsfest in 2018. 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.

 

He is program director for The Wrap’s online ShortList Film festival and 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 can be reached at landon@aspenfilm.org.

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