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Carbondale’s 5Point Film Festival debuts free winter films

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Aspen, CO Colorado
Contributed photoA scene from "Mount St. Elias," which screens Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Dos Gringos Burritos in Carbondale to open the 5Point Winter Films series.
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CARBONDALE – Organizers of Carbondale’s 5Point Film Festival are launching a new, free monthly film series through the winter to help build excitement for the April 29-May 2 film festival.

The adventure documentary, “Mount St. Elias,” kicks things off at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Dos Gringos restaurant, located in the La Fontana Plaza on Highway 133.

The free series of award-winning adventure films will continue on the second Wednesday of every month through April, including a special presentation by mountaineering legend Dave Hahn on Feb. 10.

All of the films will be shown at Dos Gringos beginning at 7 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival is encouraged for those wanting to order food and grab a seat.

“In the months leading up to our annual festival, we simply wanted to get the community energized and excited for what’s to come,” 5Point founder Julie Kennedy said.

“We wanted to be able to show some of the longer feature-length films that we don’t always have time to include in the festival schedule,” added 5Point Program Director Beda Calhoun. “This way we can offer films in a free, intimate setting and inspire the community in the months leading up to the festival.”

“Mount St. Elias” is described as a “dramatic and awe-inspiring documentary following three of the world’s greatest ski mountaineers to Alaska’s Mount St. Elias, where they attempt to complete the longest ski descent in the world. The film runs 100 minutes.

Other films in the 5Point winter series will include:

Feb. 10 – Mountaineering legend Dave Hahn will give a presentation of his most epic mountain adventure.

“An award-winner for his heroic rescues, Hahn has more summits of Everest than any non-Sherpa and has successfully summited Denali 18 times (with 25 attempts),” according to a press release. “In addition to mountaineering, Hahn is an accomplished writer and entertainer known for making the most intense adventures easily relatable by everyone. It is his humility and humor, however, that will make this presentation unforgettable.”

March 10 – Mountain Culture night. A special ensemble of three films celebrating the beautiful, sometimes gripping nature of daily life in the mountains.

April 14 – Best of 5Point 2009 plus a 2010 Sneak Peek.

“Get psyched for 5Point’s 2010 festival. With just two weeks before the big event, enjoy the festival’s most-loved films from 2009.” Festival tickets will be available for purchase.

More information about the 5Point Film Series can be found at http://www.5pointfilm.org; the complete program for 5Point’s 3rd annual festival will be announced in March.


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