Let's make a few introductions.
Sage MartinEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Sage Martin 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. She has worked for environmental and education organizations as a nonprofit fundraiser for over twenty-five years and has a bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado, Boulder and a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco. In 2004, she moved from San Francisco to Telluride with her family. Sage's board service includes the Northern California Planned Giving Council, The Trust for Public Land Colorado Advisory Council, The Telluride Foundation, and The Telluride Lizard Head Hockey board.
Suzan BerazaFESTIVAL DIRECTOR
Suzan is an Hispana-Latina-American filmmaker and was born and raised in the Caribbean. Her first film, Bag It, was a winner of the Britdoc Impact Award in Berlin and has been televised in over fifty countries. Uranium Drive-In was a recipient of Sundance Institute and Chicken and Egg funding and was featured at Good Pitch and at Hot Docs Pitch Forum. The film was broadcast on Independent Lens, awarded the Big Sky Award, honored for documentary excellence by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, and was part of the American Film Showcase, an international film program of the U.S. State Department. Her most recent film, Massacre River: The Woman Without a Country aired on PBS, FranceTV and BBC World, is the recipient of ITVS funding, and was selected for the Latino Media Market, Camden International Film Festival Points North Fellowship, and IFP Spotlight on Documentaries. Suzan has been attending, volunteering, and working for Mountainfilm in some capacity since the early 1990s in positions ranging from Mountainfilm on Tour staff to festival judge to filmmaker, and now festival director. She's thrilled to be part of the Mountainfilm team.
Jason MerrittTOUR DIRECTOR
Born and raised in Arkansas, Jason Merritt first found adventure exploring the Ozark Mountains of his home state. He moved to Telluride in 1992 and obtained a bachelor of arts in humanities from Fort Lewis College. After a 12 year successful career in the ski industry as an employee relations and customer service specialist, he joined Mountainfilm in 2016. Jason is an avid skier and enjoys anything outdoors in the San Juan Mountains. He is passionate about bringing the transformative content of Mountainfilm to audiences around the world.
Lucy LernerSENIOR PROGRAMMER & FESTIVAL MANAGER
A pop-culture-obsessed film lover, Lucy Lerner has dedicated her professional life to a career in arts nonprofits, both in curation and project management. She has been involved in both the Telluride Film Festival and Mountainfilm for decades and is passionate about working with filmmakers worldwide to make connections and share film, art and ideas with Mountainfilm audiences. When not watching films, Lucy can be found adventuring in the San Juan mountains of Colorado with her family.
Shae LaPlaceMARKETING MANAGER
Storyteller, adventurer and problem solver, Shae LaPlace is dedicated to creating a life and career that is truly unconventional. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, she moved to Colorado to pursue her degree from the University of Colorado and to bask in the sweet nectar of the Rocky Mountains. It was her affinity for all things rustic and authentic connections that drew her to Telluride. Her love of this magical box canyon, and intrinsic need for purpose led her to Mountainfilm. She is passionate about our mission and finding creative ways to share Mountainfilm with the world.
Kelly SheedyOPERATIONS MANAGER
Kelly Sheedy was born and raised in Georgia. Having developed a love for the outdoors and skiing at an early age, she wanted to live in a place she could have both. She decided to move to Telluride after graduating from the University of Georgia and has never looked back. On the weekends Kelly can be found camping, hiking or skiing with her family around Telluride.
Crystal MerrillFESTIVAL PRODUCER
Crystal Merrill has worked in festival production for many years in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Telluride. She loves documentary film and has been with Mountainfilm since 2013, serving in a variety of roles from operations director to tour director to now festival producer. Crystal is on the board of directors for COPMOBA, advocating for sustainable mountain bike trails around Southwest Colorado. On the weekend, you can typically find her out on the singletrack or exploring new places with her camera. Crystal lives in Ridgway with her husband and semi-domestic husky.
Stash WislockiTECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Stash Wislocki has been working in film and television for two decades. His credits include HBO, NBC, CNN, Giraffe Partners, Warrior Poets, Patagonia, ESPN, PBS, Spotify, The Woods Hole Research Center and Apple. Stash has directed several shorts and feature films, which have screened at festivals, on television and in theaters around the world. Recent work includes the cover story for The New York Times article on Alaska's permafrost and his film Singlehanded (Mountainfilm 2020), which features Dustin Reynolds, the first double amputee to solo sail around the world, as he tells his story of finding solace on the water.
Bella HinesTOUR MANAGER
Bella Hines grew up in Ridgway, Colorado where she spent a majority of her time embracing the small mountain town lifestyle. Along with her passion for skiing, rafting, and mountain biking she also developed an affinity for film in high school. Bella went on to study Journalism and Media Communications with a minor in film production at Colorado State University. After graduating, Bella worked for Mountainfilm as a Theater Manager and immediately felt drawn to the organization and its purpose. She firmly believes that the mountains are for everyone, and is excited to further Mountainfilm’s mission as the Tour Manager.
Patti DuaxSPECIAL GUEST MANAGER
Patti was born and raised in the Mississippi River basin on the eastern plains of Iowa. While attending Colorado Mountain College in the Aspen Valley, she was introduced to the mountain lifestyle, and shortly after found Telluride. For the last 21 years, Patti has made our little Town home. She has worked with Mountainfilm coordinating travel and lodging for guests and filmmakers for 18 of those years. When she is not working with Mountainfilm she can be found skiing, running, horseback guiding, mountain biking or working one of her many other jobs in Telluride!