5Point Film Fest returns to Carbondale | AspenTimes.com

5Point Film Fest returns to Carbondale

Scott CondonThe Aspen TimesAspen, CO, Colorado
Mike Leeds Photography5Point Film Festival's lineup includes "Of Soul + Water: Nomad" on the paddling adventures of Erik Boomer.

CARBONDALE – Going into its fifth year, the 5Point Film Festival has stayed true to its mission to inspire adventure, connect generations and educate through film.Founder Julie Kennedy is fond of saying she doesn’t want the festival in Carbondale merely to promote “adventure porn” through the films it shows. It’s not that she doesn’t appreciate adventure for adventure’s sake. She is a climber and outdoor enthusiast. Her husband is Michael Kennedy, renowned climber and former editor of Climbing magazine. Her 22-year-old son, Hayden Kennedy, heads the next generation of world-class climbers from the Roaring Fork Valley.But Julie Kennedy is drawn to tales that inspire in different ways. When she and her staff review films in late fall for the following spring, they don’t approach their search with a theme or common bond in mind. “You don’t know where it’s going,” Kennedy said.They sort through the flood of submissions, and a film or two will jump out, set their wheels in motion and provide the inspiration that carries through the entire selection process.”We don’t pick the theme. It picks us,” said Justin Clifton, 5Point’s executive director.One film that was a “driver of energy” this year for Kennedy was “Aquadettes” by Drea Cooper and Zack Canepari. The 10-minute film looks at a group of women from a retirement community in Orange County, Calif., who undertake choreographed routines in water. Kennedy liked the film because it explores the bond the swimming creates among the participants.”‘Aquadettes’ is a meditation on life, death and synchronized swimming,” the promotion piece in the 5Point guide says.5Point Film Festival will pack dozens of films, slide-show and video presentations, book signings and specialevents into four days, Thursday through Sunday. The Carbondale Recreation Center is headquarters for most events. “This year we have a lot of films that take you inside your soul,” Kennedy said. In many cases, the filmmakers and sometimes their subjects will attend.Kennedy said she cannot wait to meet Tony Alva, whom she describes as one of the “greatest skateboarders in the universe.” Eliot Rausch’s six-minute film “Pass the Bucket: Tony Alva” looks at the skater’s struggle to kick drug and alcohol addiction and find his purpose in life.The story inspires Kennedy because Alva was living a lifestyle necessary to feed his ego, even though it was killing him. He achieved the ultimate goal: being true to himself and finding happiness, she said.”I like that he just had this epiphany,” she said. “It’s not about his ego anymore.” Alva is expected for a Friday evening showing of the film about him.Another film that provided early inspiration for the 5Point crew was “Silver & Light” by Ian Ruhter and Lane Power.”What does pursuing your passion look like? For Ian Ruhter, it involves a homemade camera the size of a van and an unrelenting belief in visual storytelling,” the 5Point promo says.As always, the festival will provide films and presentations on jaw-dropping outdoor feats. Erik Boomer and Jon Turk will talk about their 104-day, 1,485-mile journey around Ellesmere Island, Canada, by ski, kayak and foot. Polar experts considered it the last great Arctic challenge; no one had attempted it before.Hayden Kennedy will make a presentation about climbing the southeast ridge of Cerro Torre by “fair means.” In January, he and Jason Kruk became the first team to climb the famed peak in Patagonia successfully without the use of a controversial bolt ladder known as the “Compressor Route” because a compressor was used to drill bolts into the rock.Carbondale filmmaker Anson Fogel’s work again will be showcased this year. Fogel, who founded Forge Motion Pictures in 2007, teamed with Skip Armstrong and Thatcher Bean on “Of Souls + Water: Nomad” featuring the adventures of Erik Boomer.A family program during the day on Saturday will feature short films, a special puppet show as well as an ice cream social and community picnic at the recreation center. Tickets for the family day will be free for kids younger than 13 and $13 for all others.Regular ticket prices during the festival are $13 for kids younger than 18; $22 in advance for adults or $28 the day of the shows.The entire lineup of films and events is online at http://www.5pointfilm.org/festival.scondon@aspentimes.com

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