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Five Point festival lights a fire

Dear Editor:

I cannot begin to describe how inspirational this year’s Five Point Film Festival has been. This is the first time I have been able to attend it, and it has surpassed my high expectations by leaps and bounds.

It has not only stoked the fire for adventure and life within me but it has made the fire rage with great vigor and excitement, as I am sure it has for many others as well. The key now is to not allow that fire to burn out. We must continually add wood to it at a steady pace that will let it burn bright and strong as the initial spark of this great weekend fades away.

I have been inspired in so many ways. The films have given me a better idea about what I would like to do for my next adventure, as well has how to live my life and be a better person on a day-to-day basis.

The event brought together so many amazing people and extraordinary films. The themes spanned a wide spectrum that touched on every emotion, from tears to laughter (quite possibly the greatest thing in life). One film in particular stands out to me and that is “Gum for my Boat.” There were many well-made films that revealed some of the negative parts of this world that are tough to come to grips with, such as poverty, environmental issues, tragedy and death. What made “Gum for my Boat” stand out to me is that it not only addressed an issue (poverty) but it provided an answer to it, in the form of surfing. You could see the immediate, positive impacts that surfing has and how it is possible to take a difficult situation and make it better. It really makes you appreciate what we have here in Carbondale.

This is such an amazing place filled with fantastic people and surrounded by stunning scenery. We have such amazing opportunity here, and I believe it is important to provide that opportunity to others. The Five Point Film Festival does this by bringing people together, inspiring ideas and letting us know what is possible. Anything is Possible. I would like to thank everyone involved for putting on such a great event, and I look forward to see where the adventure takes us next.

A.J. Hobbs

Carbondale


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