CARBONDALE —When Carbondale’s Carl Zoch learned he would be one of the featured photographers at this weekend’s 5Point Film Festival, he did what billions do every day.
He shared it on Facebook.
“Psyched to be a Featured Photographer at 5Point Film Festival this year,” wrote the professional photographer, who shoots everything from portraits of couples eloping in the wilderness to images of the star-studded night sky.
Zoch’s work will be featured at the annual adventure film festival that started Thursday at the Carbondale Recreation Center and continues through Sunday at various Carbondale venues. It is work shot with Sarah Uhl, who traveled with Zoch across the west and up to the Oregon Coast in a Honda Element. The “One the Road” photography and art exhibit at Bonfire Coffee, 433 Main St., features Zoch’s and Uhl’s artistic perspective on life on the road and the people they encountered. Many of the travels produced love stories from people becoming engaged in the nation’s most beautiful parks and locations that Zoch and Uhl happened to be visiting. The idea of forever capturing people eloping grew into an idea for helping couples celebrate life’s moments.
“In the case of elopements I have acted as a guide, helping pair destinations with tiny details so your special day aligns with your vision,” Zoch said.
As a professional photographer, Zoch speaks through his Facebok page and website (www.carlzoch.com), sharing his love for the outdoors and photography. On his site, he says his ultimate goal is to document the human experience in an honest way and leave his clients with personal, distinctive bodies of work.
“The best way I capture people in their element is jumping on board with what they love doing together,” he says. “I’ve climbed trees, rocks, I’ve trespassed, stood on roofs, and signed wedding certificates under massive redwoods.”
Along with photography and art exhibits at Bonfire and the R2 Gallery at Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, the 5Point Film Festival also features screenings, programs, live music, an ice cream social and community picnic, DJ dance and movie star costume parties, and live podcasts. A free, live podcast of climber Chris Kalous’ popular show “The Enormocast” takes place at 10 a.m. today at Bonfire.
“Guests are the agitator Jonathan Thesenga, OG photog Chris Noble, and podcast guru Fitz Cahall,” said “Enormocast” founder Kalous.
He will also emcee for Friday night’s film program at 7 p.m., announcing 12 short films including “Wedge,” “Mission Antarctic,” “Huayhuash,” and “The Explorer.” Late-night 5Point activities in Carbondale include a DJ dance party with GeoDecibel at Phat Thai and live music at Carbondale Beer Works.
Saturday’s schedule begins at 9 a.m. with activities at Dos Gringos and Steve’s Guitars. “The Dirtbag Diaries” free live podcast with Cahall takes place at Steve’s at 11 a.m. and features five festival guests and five Sierra Nevada beer-cocktails. The youth adventure film program gets going at the Carbondale Rec Center at 11 a.m. with “Bryan and Kaia,” followed by “An Unlikely Ride,” “Bernard at the North Pole,” and more. Saturday’s events also include a community tailgate party at the Rec Center at 4:30 p.m. and the movie star costume party at Beerworks at 10 p.m.
Sunday offers a full day of films, community activities and a closing party at 4 p.m.
A full schedule is available by visiting5pointfilm.org.