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The 5Point Film Festival will make its debut in Carbondale in May. The festival, featuring adventure films, panel discussions and guest speakers, is set for May 8-10 at various locations in Carbondale


Julie Kennedy, former publisher of Climbing magazine, is the founder and festival director; Michele Cardamone is the festival’s program director.

Some 25 films will be screened at the new Carbondale Recreation and Community Center in the inaugural 5Point Film Festival. Guest speakers for the event include Erik Weihenmayer, known for being the first blind person to ascend Mount Everest, and surfer Gerry Lopez.

Also included are two panel discussions. Living Your Passionate Lifestyle with Your Children will feature several father-and-son pairs: climbers Mike and Tommy Caldwell; climbers Michael and Hayden Kennedy; kayakers Peter and Rush Sturges; and ski mountaineers Lou and Louie Dawson. The discussion will be moderated by Aspen Community School principal Jim Gilchrist. Living Passionately Through Adversity will feature local athletes Aron Ralston and Chris Klug, as well as surfer Britt Caillouette and Erik Weihenmayer, and will be moderated by Malcolm Daly.

The Independence Pass, which allows early access to all events and the VIP Hospitality Lounge, is available through April 4 for $300. To purchase the Independence Pass and for further information on the festival, go to

The Hudson Reed Ensemble has announced the launching of the Aspen Playwrights Project. The program is designed to solicit play scripts and to support playwrights in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The first event in the program is the presentation of readings of two one-act plays. The first, a reading of Hancel McCord’s “Paradise (Very) Lost,” was held last week. The second, Anita H. Rosenau’s “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe,” is set for March 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the Rio Grande Meeting Room in the old Youth Center Building. The play is about the reunion of an adopted daughter and her birth mother.

Admission to the readings is free, and the public is welcome to attend.

The Aspen Art Museum, in conjunction with the city of Aspen’s Community Development Department and the Aspen Institute, will feature architect Nader Tehrani in the next event in the Architecture Lecture series. The lecture is set for Thursday, March 13, at 6 p.m. at the Aspen Institute’s Paepcke Auditorium, and is free and open to the public.

Tehrani, who earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a master’s of architecture in urban design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, has earned eight Progressive Architecture Awards and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a principal at Boston-based Office dA, whose projects include the Tongxian Arts Center in Beijing and the Northeastern University Spiritual Life Center.