Laura weiss, festival Director

Laura is a nurse, stone carver, fundraiser and film maker. She premiered a short film “Art and Wisdom” at the International Buddhist Film Festival in Amsterdam in 2016. She created and manages a non-profit corporation CompassionRocks (, has created over 500 mani stones and has raised money for the Sangdo Palri Temple in Crestone CO. She has also hosted two succesful art shows for Ven. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche.


Sarah Poppitz, festival producer

Sarah has worked exclusively in film festival administration and film production for the past three years. She has worked for festivals including the Denver Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival and more. A long time student of Venerable Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, she also has a background in Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan translation.