Sarah Bay, Office Adminstrator
Start Date: 2020
Sarah Bay is thrilled to be Aspen Film's newest team member and is excited to enter the not-for-profit sector after many years in the Hotel Industry. Sarah will be working to manage the intricacies of the office as well as assisting throughout each festival. She has a passion for film and looks forward to working with the team to manage Aspen Film's several compelling festivals throughout the year.
Emma Martin, Program Associate
Start Date: 2018
Emma Martin is a graduate of the Radio, Television, & Film program at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to moving to the Roaring Fork Valley from Austin, Texas, Emma held internships at Fiege Films, an Austin-based production company specializing in environmental and social justice documentaries; KUTX 98.9, filming live studio shows for Austin's NPR music station, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Her passion for film lies in documentary filmmaking, foreign and experimental film, as well as sound and picture editing. She is drawn to film for its ability to combine art and education to increase understanding between the world's people and cultures.
Mary McClure, Outreach and Education
Start Date: 2019
Mary McClure grew up in Southern California and Hawaii amongst an active family of actors and directors. After moving to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1989, she served as a screener for Aspen Film for several years while also focusing her attention to supporting children's advocacy, teaching, serving as a board member for the River Bridge Regional Center, and raising a family. With her son and daughter now in college, Mary has re-joined Aspen Film as its Education + Outreach Coordinator, joining her love of film with her passion for working with children through the medium of film.
Susan Wrubel, Executive Director
Start Date: 2017
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.