Mountainfilm Staff

No resource is more valuable to Mountainfilm than its staff. Mountainfilm in Telluride is proud and privileged to have such a caring, committed and capable team monitoring and managing the many moving parts.

Peter Kenworthy

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Peter began his professional career in Philadelphia as a banker in 1982 and later worked for several years in London. A planned two-year assignment to Istanbul for a British banking consultancy fell through at the last minute, and instead Peter moved his family west to Telluride in 1992. After working as a banker in Telluride for 10 years, Peter decamped in 2004 to travel in Southeast Asia with one of his sons and live in China for six months where he taught English. While he was away, his novel, Bank Job, a historical fiction about Telluride's second-most-famous bank robbery, was accepted for publication. Upon his return to Telluride in 2005, Peter worked for the Telluride Watch as a reporter. He joined Mountainfilm in June, 2006, as executive director.
 

David Holbrooke

David Holbrooke

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

David Holbrooke is a filmmaker with a long history with both Mountainfilm (first coming in 1999 and rarely missing a festival) and the Telluride area. Hard As Nails, David’s most recent film, was a Mountainfilm 2007 award winner. Other documentaries include Freaks Like Me and Time for a New God. He also directed A Redwood Grows in Brooklyn, featuring acclaimed nature photographer James Balog. All are part of an ongoing series he created called "Original Thinkers." Other recent projects include The Soul of Healing with Deepak Chopra and co-producing The Trials of Henry Kissinger. Before he became a filmmaker, David spent a year in the dotcom world. Before that, he worked extensively in television news, producing long-form pieces for "The Today Show," CBS News and CNN. David has been a contributing editor at GQ and written for the Huffington Post. His production company, Giraffe Partners, is developing narrative features and several documentaries. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, three kids and their crazy dog, Lola.
 

Henry C. Lystad

DIRECTOR, MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR

Henry’s first “real” job after college was as a teaching pro at the “#1 tennis resort in the nation,” located on Longboat Key, Florida.  After honing his skills on the court he tempted fate on the pro tennis tour, and after a few years, realized that his results as a touring pro weren't meeting his goals and needs. While licking the wounds of a deflated ego, he met, and eventually married the most beautiful woman in the world and moved to Telluride, Colorado in 1992.  Over the next 18 years, Henry successfully pursued numerous start-up opportunities in both Telluride and Sarasota, Florida. One summer morning in June 2011, Henry scanned the "Help Wanted" section while enjoying a casual breakfast at a Telluride eatery.  Lo and behold, his dream job had become available and in July, was hired to manage the World Tour for Mountainfilm in Telluride.  Having been involved with Mountainfilm as a sponsor for 13 years, Henry is very excited to grow the Tour, travel to new destinations, and work with the professional staff at Mountainfilm.

Emily Long

Emily Long

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Emily loves film. From her first "real" job in high school (selling concessions at the local six-plex cinema in Topeka, Kansas), Emily has moved to a position as the program director of Mountainfilm in Telluride. Formally trained in music theory at Colorado College, she later spent two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Prachuap Kirikhan, Thailand, teaching English to primary school children. In 2005, she moved to Telluride and began working for Mountainfilm. You can find her most Sunday nights managing the historic Nugget Theatre on main street.

Stash Wislocki

FESTIVAL PRODUCER

Stash claims he's held most every job Tellurde offers: He worked room service, guided rafting trips, took photos of skiers on the mountain, manned the Deli Downstairs, labored in construction, sold gear at Telluride Sports and was an EMT (emergency medical technician). He also volunteered for Mountainfilm, helping out any way he could. Eight years ago, his volunteering paid off when he was hired as Mountainfilm’s producer, a job that has securing specialized equipment, co-ordinating breakfast talks and everything in between. Somewhere along the line, he landed a gig with Boston Light and Sound, which gave him  work at Sundance, Dominican Rebpulic and Maui. Between all the film work, he volunteered for the Telluride AIDS Benefit (TAB), working backstage in advance of the fashion show. When the executive director job opened up at TAB in 2009, he went for it. His first year at the helm was a success; the sold-out production raised some $160,000 for a handful of AIDS nonprofits in Africa and Colorado. Of both Mountainfilm and TAB, Stash points out, “You’re supposed to think globally and act locally. That’s what we do.”

Jessica Galbo

Jessica Galbo

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR

Jessica joined the Mountainfilm team as Assistant Director of Mountainfilm on Tour in 2013, on the heels of serving as Festival Operations Coordinator in 2012. She brings experience from San Francisco in entertainment and start-up company representation, PR, communications and event planning in the States and Europe to the expanding Tour schedule. An American Ballet Theatre certified ballet instructor, Jessica was most recently the Director of the Ames Conservatory, and continues to instruct ballet. She enjoys a passion for theatre, dance and film. Jessica graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and currently lives in Telluride with her husband, Mark, and their four children.

Crystal Geise

Crystal Geise

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Crystal began working in festival production after graduating college in Santa Barbara with a degree in Digital Imaging. Moving to Los Angeles to produce the Palm Springs Photo Festival, Crystal lived and worked in the heart of Hollywood. After a quick visit to Telluride, she decided to relocate to the smaller town that offered a quieter lifestyle she’d been hankering for. She then went on to work as Festival Producer for Telluride Photo Festival, Transportation Coordinator for Telluride Film Festival and then Mountainfilm in Telluride. Crystal is a freelance photographer, enjoys outdoor adventures and especially loves standing on waves in the ocean.