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.

Sage Martin

Sage Martin - Mountainfilm

Sage has dedicated her professional career to working for outstanding nonprofits, including Sierra Club, Save the Redwoods, The Trust for Public Land and Telluride Mountain School. In 2004, she moved from San Francisco to Telluride with her family. Sage has worked for environmental and education organizations as a nonprofit fundraiser for over a decade. She has a bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado, Boulder and a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco. Her interests include trail running, hiking, skiing and adventures with her family. Her board service includes the Northern California Planned Giving Council, The Trust for Public Land Colorado Advisory Council and The Telluride Lizard Head Hockey board. Sage plans to put her background in fundraising and nonprofit administration toward furthering the mission of Mountainfilm.

David Holbrooke

David Holbrooke

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

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 2011, was hired to manage the World Tour for Telluride Mountainfilm.  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

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.

Crystal Geise

Crystal Geise

Crystal began working in festival production after graduating college in Santa Barbara. 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 director for Telluride Photo Festival, transportation coordinator for Telluride Film Festival and then Telluride Mountainfilm. Crystal is a freelance photographer, enjoys outdoor adventures and especially loves standing on waves in the ocean.

Stash Wislocki

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 joined the Mountainfilm team as Assistant Director of Mountainfilm on Tour on the heels of serving as Festival Operations Coordinator. 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 served as the Director of the Ames Conservatory, and continues to instruct ballet at Palm Arts Dance. 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.