Column: YouthZone invites award-winning filmmakers to the 2022 Ascent Youth Film Festival

Emmy-nominated writer and producer Katherine Roberts and award-winning filmmaker Rob Shearer will mentor 10 young filmmakers for YouthZone’s 2022 Ascent Film Festival, taking place September 30.

The talents of these young filmmakers will be showcased through video, animation, music, writing, poetry and photography. Mentors will work directly with each young filmmaker to achieve their goals and then present their projects at the film festival. Filmmakers will also receive cash rewards for completing their films.

In addition to her Emmy nomination, Roberts is a Telly Award and PROMAX winning screenwriter and producer, as well as an elected board member of the Colorado Film and Video Association (2016-2018) and Aspen. Film, serving on fundraising and governance committees. . She was also director of video production at Carbon8 (now 9th Wonder), a digital marketing company.

While living in Los Angeles, she worked as a network manager at a leading national television network, responsible for marketing the launch of the famous television programs “Glee” and “New Girl”. With over 20 years of experience in marketing, branding and communications across multiple industries, Katherine is a born storyteller. She is the founder and CEO of Carington Creative, a boutique marketing company. Before starting her own agency, she was Director of Marketing and Communications at the highly respected Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass.

Rob Shearer is an award-winning Denver-based filmmaker and president of the Colorado Film and Video Association. His work ranges from narrative and documentary projects to corporate videos and commercials. Passionate about telling stories, he constantly finds ways to translate a client’s product or brand into an engaging and compelling story.

Rob has worked for clients like Weber Grills, Gogo Business Aviation, Einstein Bros Bagels, Bonfils Blood Center and Rocky Mountain PBS, to name a few. His work has been screened at the Denver Film Festival, the Big Bear Lake Film Festival and the Marché du Film du Festival de Cannes. His documentary series “Denizen” airs regularly on Colorado PBS.

Tickets for the Ascent Youth Film Festival Watch Party and Silent Auction will go on sale soon. We are delighted that The Orchard in Carbondale is hosting and The Rolling Fork is organizing this fun charity event. Additional tickets will be available to watch these movies from home at your leisure. There are still opportunities to sponsor the event and donate to the silent auction.

YouthZone thanks our mentors, as well as our main sponsor, Alpine Bank. Your generous support makes our annual Ascent Youth Film Festival a creative, inspiring and anticipated fundraising event.

YouthZone provides comprehensive assessment and advocacy to inspire healthy relationships between youth, families and communities, from Aspen to Parachute. If you would like to learn more about Ascent Film Festival or YouthZone’s services, please call us at 970-945-9300 or visit

Carol Wolff has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2005, serving as executive director of the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater in Grand Lake, Colorado for 11 years, followed by four years as executive director of the Colorado Honor Band Association in Denver. Carol’s degree is in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado.

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