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Elexa Ruth portrait for Compass.


Elexa Ruth is Executive Vice President of Operations and Strategy at Talaria Pictures, a Los Angeles-based filmed entertainment financing and production company. She works with the CEO structuring the financing for motion picture transactions and negotiating distribution agreements with major studios. Ms. Ruth is also responsible for the operational support of the company along with the development and implementation of strategic partnerships and corporate communications.

Prior to this, she served as Vice President of Operations at Vendian Entertainment, which co-financed and executive produced the commercial success “Hacksaw Ridge,” which was nominated for six Academy Awards and won two Oscars, while generating more than $175 million at the global box office. Previously, Ms. Ruth worked in the Office of the CEO at Worldview Entertainment, which was widely recognized for its role in the critically acclaimed success, “Birdman,” which was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won four Oscars including Best Picture.

Ms. Ruth serves on the Board of Trustees at Aspen Film and is a U.S. Delegate at NEXUS, a global movement to bridge communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship. She holds degrees in Business and English from Tulane University.




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.

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Desiree comes to Aspen Film after serving as Associate Manager of the Press Office at the Sundance Film Festival where she cut her teeth on the nonprofit world. She managed a small team and worked closely with press, filmmakers, and other festival staff. Before Sundance, she was Assistant Editor at Tin House Magazine, one of the countries leading literary journals, and Tin House Books, the magazine’s publishing imprint.  She was born and raised in Colorado but has lived all over the country and abroad in Ecuador, where she worked as an editor for a travel guide, and in Iceland where she reported for a the country’s largest alternative magazine. She’s an enthusiastic traveler and has volunteered as a Sea Turtle Monitor on the Big Island of Hawaii, as a caretaker at a primate reserve in Ecuador, and as a caretaker at an orphanage in Kolkata, India. She is passionate about storytelling and has devoted her career to advocating for narrative arts.


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