Thanks for a phenomenal festival |

Thanks for a phenomenal festival

Dear Editor:

The inaugural 5Point Film Festival in Carbondale was successful in every way. It brought our community together in recognition of the importance of adventure and spirit in our lives, and with gratefulness for the beauty and uniqueness of this place we call home. We have come together too often these past months to mourn local adventurers and friends lost in the mountains we love. The May 8-10 gathering of the tribe was a sold-out celebration of life built on five guiding principles: respect, commitment, humility, purpose and balance. It was a salute to those who live with adventure and a passion to expand their boundaries in the outdoors, and a tribute to our friends Lathrop Strang, Wallace Westfeldt and John Nicoletta.

As the festival’s founder, I am grateful for this community’s support, inspired by your coming together in celebration and encouraged by your energy to continue doing what I can to make this a better world. The festival would not have been possible without the support of our many sponsors and the hard work of our dedicated volunteers. When you see them around town, please thank them!

In particular, I’d like to acknowledge Michele Cardamone, festival program director, for pulling together an astonishingly diverse and powerful collection of films. Michele was in this from the start as an equal partner, supportive friend and invaluable sounding board.

Huge thanks go out to Jeff Jackel, Eric Brendlinger and the town of Carbondale for their unflagging support; RA Beattie for his energy and generosity; David Burden and Timbers Resorts, Steven Zeder and Bighorn Toyota, and Andrea Porter and Colorado Mountain News Media for taking a chance with an untested concept; Kelly Alford, Margaret Mathers, Jennifer Slaughter and the crew at Words Pictures Colours, and Jennifer Swanson at Pixel Mixel, for shaping our scattered ideas into a coherent whole; Don Chaney at KSNO and everyone at the Valley Journal, The Aspen Times and the Glenwood Springs Post Independent for getting the word out; Erik Weihenmayer for his wisdom and commitment to this event from the get-go; and Yvon Chouinard, Casey Sheahan and Kristo Torgersen of Patagonia for never letting me give up.

A very special thanks to Neal Beidleman and David Clifford, whose photographs graced our banners, poster and website.

The festival wouldn’t have happened without the phenomenal work of volunteers Annalisa Mather (program assistant); Stacey Dickerson (ticketing); Jessica Downing, Kim Edwards and Whitney Boland (PR); Amy Kimberly, Leslie Johnson, Karin Gieske and Adam Odoski (hospitality); Russ Criswell and Lauren Martindale (beverage coordinators); Monk (venue logistics); Jason White and Mark Weinhold (green team); Doug Jacobson (restaurant liaison); Maureen Kennedy (finance); Ken Ransford (legal); and Tracy Wilson (volunteer coordinator). And to all who took tickets, served beer, cleaned up and otherwise pitched in, a big thank you.

Last, but not least, kudos to Stu Urfrig, John Czechowicz and the crew at Alchemy Audio Visual for turning the Carbondale Rec Center into a magical place in which we could share our passion for the outdoors and the community we value.

Julie Kennedy


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