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John Thew comes to Aspen Film with nearly 15 years experience managing non-profit arts organizations. He has served as Managing Director for Theatre Aspen, Managing Director for TLD in Minneapolis, Director of Development and Director of Public Relations for New York’s Tony Award-winning Second Stage Theatre, and Production Manager for the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, Alive From Off-Center. John also has nearly 10 years experience advising and consulting Fortune 500 organizations in the areas of leadership, team building and customer service. John attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln where he studied Theatre Arts.



As an international film festival programmer specializing in short film, Kathleen has over 25 years of experience identifying emerging filmmaking talent and bringing them to their audience.  Well sought after on the festival circuit as a jurist, moderator, panel member, and strategic advisor, Kathleen was most recently invited to participate as a mentor at CineMart, International Film Fesival Rotterdam and at Berlinale Talents during the Berlin Film Festival. She was featured on the UK Film Council’s panel on Festival Strategies at the Cannes Film Festival (along with Cameron Bailey, TIFF, Weiland Speck, Berlinale, John Nein, Sundance and Marit van den Elshout, Cinemart–Interntional Film Festival Rotterdam) and presented a four-day long film festival strategies and project development workshop at Festiwal Młodzi i Film (Debut Film Festival) in Koszalin, Poland.


Through her festival strategies and publicity consultancy company, SEE-THROUGH FILMS, LLC, Kathleen provides premiere festival publicity campaigns and business development for world cinema filmmakers at top festivals and markets worldwide, including Toronto, Sundance, Berlin, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian and more. She also advises on film releases utilizing non-traditional distribution platforms, and foreign film Oscar campaigns.


Kathleen has been on festival juries at the Norwegian Short Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, Seattle International Film Festival, Winterthur Film Festival Switzerland, SXSW, Indie Lisboa and Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, and has conducted classes and panels at festivals such as Götenburg, Krakow Off-Camera and Dublin, among others.


Kathleen’s previous film festival experience includes Slamdance Film Festival (Festival Director, 2004-2005) and the Seattle International Film Festival (Director of Industry Programming, Director of Publicity & Marketing, Lead Programmer, 1993-2004), as well as Palm Springs ShortFest (Festival Director/Film Curator, Director Industry Programmer, 2005-2014).  Kathleen is currently a Short Cuts Programmer at the Toronto Int’l Film Festival.


Kathleen teaches festival strategies at UCLA School of Film, Television and Theater. She has previously taught film festival and exit strategies at NYU Tisch School of the Arts/Asia (Singapore, 2008-2014), and continues to guest lecture at Brooklyn College and USC.  She is a member of the WGA-west and BAFTA-LA.


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.


Steven Wilson joined the corporate entertainment team at B|W|R in November 2000 and currently serves as Vice President.  He worked in the Los Angeles office for 12 years before transferring to the New York office in 2012.  He handles a wide range of clients including corporate brands, hospitality, television shows, authors, non-profits, events and festivals.  Currently, he handles corporate clients such as PUMA, Dell, Beaches & Sandals Resorts, GLAAD Media Awards, Blossom Ball, FX Network premieres, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs ShortFest, Savannah Film Festival, aTVfest, Aspen Film, Seattle International Film Festival, Sun Valley Film Festival, Tribeca Shortlist and SAGIndie. Past clients include Fendi, Barnes & Noble, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lincoln, Netflix, Fallout 4 Launch event, Stand Up To Cancer telethon, AQUAhydrate water, Victor’s Café and Cuba Lounge, Nikki Beach Las Vegas, c/o The Maidstone Hotel and more. Wilson began his public relations career as an intern at Home Box Office in Manhattan.


Lauren Peteroy serves as Account Supervisor in B|W|R’s special events, lifestyle and corporate entertainment division, based in its New York office.  She joined the company full-time in 2010 after previously working as an intern. Her work with diverse clients across hospitality/destination, nonprofit, consumer products and entertainment has cultivated strong relationships with entertainment media. Current and recent campaigns include the GLAAD Media Awards, Puma, Barnes & Noble, Dell, Sandals Resorts, FX Network’s premieres, Fallout 4 Launch Party, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Savannah Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Endometriosis Foundation of America’s Blossom Ball, Tommy Bahama Restaurant, among others. Lauren has been a leader in BWR’s New York office on hospitality clients including The London NYC Hotel and on-site Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, Mohegan Sun, Victor’s Café and Cuba Lounge, Hotel Chantelle, The Attic Rooftop & Lounge, the launch of Fendi’s Madison Avenue flagship boutique, and more. Lauren has also worked in the food and beverage realm on clients including Georgetown Cupcake and Ole Smoky Moonshine.

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