5Point Film Festival
Aspen, CO Colorado
Unscripted and intimate in nature, the 5Point Festival debuted May 8-10 in Carbondale, featuring a fivestar roster of adventure films, special guests, and intriguing programs to engage audiences and build passion with a conscience through the power of the moving image. The brand-new Carbondale Recreation Center was the headquarters for all screenings, interviews and panel discussions while a book signing took place Saturday morning at Dos Gringos. Restaurants up and down Main Street offered special prix fixe meals all weekend.
Thanks to the festival founder, Julie Kennedy, the mission to inspire adventure of all kinds, to connect generations through shared experience and respect, and to engage passion with a conscience through film was undoubtedly achieved.
Julie activated interest on various levels to create this special fest ” from the screening committee that selected the films to the public relations experts who promoted the inaugural event to the kids who ran the lucrative bake sale at the recreation center to the volunteers working will call to the green team who managed the recycling efforts. She truly engaged the community to participate, and Carbondale certainly did shine.
Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, blind mountaineer Erik Weihenmayer, surfing legend Gerry Lopez, world-renowned rock climber Tommy Caldwell, extreme kayaker Rush Sturges, pioneering adventurer/ author Dick Dorworth. Mountaineers Aron Ralston and Lou Dawson and Olympic snowboarder Chris Klug were among the special guests present.
Through the international film and discussion topics, the audience was taken around the world ” surfing in Liberia, BASE jumping in China, fishing in Slovenia, mountain biking in California’s redwoods, rock climbing in Majorca, Spain, and more. Staging the festival at the Carbondale Recreation Center within weeks of its opening was a clever idea and offered a new venue for viewing flicks.
“I’m sitting here watching this great film, thinking this is taking place in my backyard,” said Carbondale resident Josh Hmielowski, who lives a few blocks from the recreation center. ” They did a phenomenal job putting everything together.”
Proceeds from the festival benefit 1% for the Planet and the Carbondale Environmental Board. When the festival weekend is announced for 2009, be sure to save the date ” 5pointfilm.org.
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