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5Point Film Festival

May Selby
Aspen, CO Colorado
Ryan Hawks and filmmaker Danny Brown whose six- minute flick, "Balancing Point," was screened at the festival. (May Selby)

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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