On Point: 5Point Film Festival converges on Carbondale
Two days down and two left to go in this year’s 5Point Film Festival. In other words, get to Carbondale now for the annual gathering that’s become more movement than movie showcase — a call to action for adventurers of all stripes to inspire awe through something more meaningful than hucking the biggest cliffs.
Headquartered in the Carbondale Rec Center, 5Point has literally changed the offseason vibe downvalley since its inception in 2008.
“A year before this festival started, in April you could go take a nap on Main Street in the middle of the day if you wanted to,” rec center manager Eric Brendlinger said. “But the festival created an amazing vitality for locals during this time of year.”
Curated with its titular five points — respect, commitment, humility, purpose and balance — the festival has a spirit about it that’s hard to put in words and impossible to replicate.
“In the past couple of years, I think we’ve done an even better job of incorporating the art community,” said Sarah Wood, executive director of 5Point. “From the beginning, it was always meant to be a celebration of the lifestyle we have here. And when you get everyone in the same place at the same time, there is an electricity in the room. It’s palpable. And when you incorporate locals into that, it makes it that much more powerful.”
Brendlinger agreed: “One thing they’ve done is stayed true to their promise,” he said. “(Event founder) Julie Kennedy said, ‘I want to make sure this festival gives back,’ and they’ve stayed true to that. They really work hard at bringing in the artists who produced the films or starred in them, or the athletes these films are about. What they’re doing is introducing Carbondale to some of the world’s greatest athletes and creative minds. It really helps Carbondale to be a creative place.”
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