AspenSpin traveled beyond the traffic circle last night to experience the 5Point Film Festival in Carbondale for the first time. 5Point is in it's 7th year and all I can say is WOW...it's all grown up and....WOW, why have I been missing this? A standing room only crowd at the Carbondale Rec Center (CRC) was INSPIRED by an entire slate of tremendous films covering a vast array of subjects and by the many film makers and athletes in the house.
The brain-child of Julie Kennedy and Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, 5Point Film Festival has matured into a fantastic community celebration of cinematic excellence and adventure story telling. 5Point's mission is "to inspire adventure of all kinds, to connect generations through shared experience, to engage passion with a conscience, and to educate through film". Based on my first-time at 5Point in beautiful Car-bon-de-lay, it's clear that the 5Point crew deserve a hearty MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!
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5Point is clearly more than just the films. It's about community. You hear that a lot. Last night I felt it. I felt a very strong, positive, palpable vibe immediately upon entering the festival grounds. It was as if anything could happen...and...on screen it did. It may have been pouring rain outside...but... it's always sunny inside the CRC during the 5 Point Film Fest. 5point is an entire weekend in Carbondale filled with films, film makers, special add-on events, parties, bike rides, volunteer opportunities etc etc. Many of the events are free and open to the public. You could've cut the spirit of positivity and camaraderie in that room with a knife. It was a multi-generational affair and the stoke was real.
I did not realize previously...but there are actually 5 Points which are the guiding principals of the festival, hence the name. The 5 points are displayed prominently through-out. RESPECT, COMMITMENT, HUMILITY, PURPOSE and PASSION.
Click: 5 POINT to learn more and to sign up for next year.
Some of the films rolled during the EPIC Saturday Night program hosted by Chris Davenport had special significance to me personally. While I enjoyed all the presentations, 4 of the movies inspired me and reminded me to take action, move forward, follow my dreams and continue in my attempt to live every day to the fullest. The 4 films that impacted me most were:
SLOMO: Slomo is a 16 minute film by Joshua Izenberg. Slomo is Dr. John Kitchin, 69 a former Doc who lives a minimalistic life pursuing his passion...roller blading (mostly in slow motion and on one leg) along the boardwalk in Pacific Beach, San Diego. Slomo loves to skate...that's it and he does it with a huge smile on his face every single day. Ironically for me...I had met Slomo previously in SD. He's a well known character along the beach, a true beach cruiser. I thought he was just another street guy. Learning the back-story about his previous career as a neurologist completed the virtuous circle for me. Slomo does what he wants...and he's as happy as a man can be.
Slomo himself attended the screening. Click to watch: SLOMO
I AM RED: Local photographer, film maker and athlete Pete McBride's 4 minute film documents the "hardest working" and "most endangered" river in America...the mighty Colorado. Maybe you've seen Pete's previous books and film efforts about the Colorado River (Chasing Water). His work has inspired me to take action in my own life. The story of "the Grand River's" trials and tribulations and it's failure to flow to the ocean in recent years has made me more aware of our fragile environment and it has inspired me to become more of a conservationist in every day life. Thanks PETE!!
McBride was in attendance at 5Point and shared the awesome news that The Colorado's flow in Mexico has actually improved this year...a huge positive. Click to learn more about I AM RED
THE HEAT: Heather "The Heat" Hardy is not your average Mom from Brooklyn. She's a BIG time prize fighter who is currently 9-0. Her strength and determination in the ring is a metaphor for her Brooklyn neighborhood's struggle to survive in the after-math of Hurricane Sandy. I had a brief meeting with Heather "The Heat" and her trainer Devon Cormack in the audience. She's one part Melanie Griffith in Working Girl and one part Jake LaMotta, the Raging Bull. She admitted on-stage that "beating everybody up" is her passion.
Click THE HEAT to see more.
DUCT TAPE SURFING. Pascale lost the use of her legs in a car wreck. She has never let full paraplegia stop her. After her accident, she loved to watch her sons surfing in S. Australia. Tyron Swan, a surfing friend her sons had a brain-storm to make Pascale's ultimate dream come true. Swan duct-taped Pascale to his back and took her out in the ocean for surf sessions. "Tando" surf with an extra 40kg on his back appears to be no problem and Pascale's joy is inspirational.
Click to watch Mark Tipple's 4 minute flick DUCT TAPE SURFING
Huge night at 5Point Film. AspenSpin loves movies, we love popcorn and Carbondale is super-cool too. Sign us up for next year at 5 Point.
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