Mountain Mayhem: 5Point in Aspen
Reflecting on its nine years in the business of “inspiring adventures of all kinds, connecting generations through shared experience, engaging passion with a conscience and educating through film,” 5Point Film has established its place in the world of adventure film festivals. When 5Point founder and executive director Julie Kennedy conceived of the nonprofit, her concept was to present a four-day festival each spring in Carbondale. Building on its popularity and success over the years, it has since grown to encompass events year-round and on the road.
In 2015, 5Point introduced festivals in Asheville, N.C., and Bellingham, Wash., with more Midwest and Northeast locations to be announced for 2017 and 2018. In this same vein, 5Point created a winter fundraiser in Aspen several years ago, held at The Wheeler, as a way to share short films, interview special guests and spread the stoke for the flagship festival in the spring.
This year’s 5Point benefit in Aspen took place in late January with host Chris Kalous and a concert-style program with more than 10 short documentary adventure films and a slew of special guests onstage including ski industry pioneer Klaus Obermeyer. It also marked a major transition for the organization with Kennedy’s passing of the baton to Sarah Wood, who graduated from program director to executive director, a well-deserved promotion and incredible opportunity for all.
Save the date for 5Point Film Festival in Carbondale from April 21-24. http://www.5pointfilm.org.
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