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5Point Film Fest builds community, brings business

Festival Schedule

Friday, April 24

10-11 a.m. The Enormocast Live at Bonfire Coffee, free entry

6-7 p.m. TGIF Party at Carbondale Rec Center, free entry

7-10 p.m. Film Program II at Carbondale Rec Center, ticket required

10 p.m. to dawn Late Night Carbondale at Beer Works and Phat Thai, free entry with 5Point wristband

Saturday, April 25

8:30 a.m. to noon Cleanup at Lions Park in Basalt, free

8:30 a.m. Group Trail Run at Dos Gringos and Independence Run and Hike, free

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dirtbag Diaries Live at Steve’s Guitars, free entry

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Film Program III: Youth Adventure Film at the Carbondale Rec Center, free entry under 13, ticket required 13 or older

12:30-2:30 p.m. Ice Cream Social and Community Picnic at the Carbondale Rec Center, free entry

2 p.m. Scraper Bike Ride at the Carbondale Rec Center, free

2-4 p.m. Film Program IV: Drawn + Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia at the Carbondale Rec Center, tickets required

5-6:30 p.m. The Head and Heart of Storytelling, location TBD and RSVP required by April 24 hilarymoliver@gmail.com

5:30-7 p.m. Community Tailgate Party at the Carbondale Rec Center, free entry

7-10 p.m. Film Program V at the Carbondale Rec Center, ticket required

10 p.m. to dawn 5Point After Party at 201 Main St., $5 cover for the public after 11 p.m.

10 p.m. to dawn Late Night Carbondale at Beer Works, free

Sunday, April 26

11 a.m. to noon Out Living It Panel at Carbondale Rec Center, free entry

Noon to 2 p.m. Community Brunch at the Carbondale Rec Center, $10 suggested donation

1-2 p.m. Book Signings at TBD location, free

2-4:30 p.m. Film Program VI: Yosemite Sunday at the Carbondale Rec Center, ticket required

Carbondale Recreation Center manager Eric Brendlinger can remember what spring in Carbondale was like before the annual 5Point Film Festival, which began in 2008.

“A year before this festival started, in April you could go take a nap on Main Street in the middle of the day if you wanted to,” he said. “But the festival created an amazing vitality for locals during this time of year.”

5Point achieves that vitality not only by screening inspiring short films in line with the valley’s outdoor-centric lifestyle, but also by involving local businesses and organizations to create a four-day gathering that celebrates the community. Local restaurants and bars like Phat Thai, Carbondale Beer Works and Bonfire Coffee are hosting live DJs and musicians at night or talk-backs during the day. Steve’s Guitars will host a podcast recording with a live audience. SAW (Studio for Arts and Works) artist Chris Erickson created an art installation piece for patrons’ viewing pleasure right outside the Rec Center. Activities like a run, bike ride and cleanup have been facilitated by local businesses, too.

Sarah Wood, executive director of 5Point, said this emphasis on community celebration has always been important to the festival, and the number of people, organizations and businesses involved grows each year.

“In the past couple of years, I think we’ve done an even better job of incorporating the art community,” she said. “From the beginning, it was always meant to be a celebration of the lifestyle we have here. And when you get everyone in the same place at the same time, there is an electricity in the room. It’s palpable. And when you incorporate locals into that, it makes it that much more powerful.”

Brendlinger has been with the Rec Center since 5Point was just an idea proposed by founder Julie Kennedy. He said he thought it was a great idea from the get-go because April was a slower month for the town, so a “little film festival” would help boost the energy in the off-season.

As it turns out, that little festival sold out shows every night during its first year and brought high profile athletes and artists to Carbondale.

“One thing they’ve done is stayed true to their promise,” Brendlinger said. “Julie said, ‘I want to make sure this festival gives back,’ and they’ve stayed true to that. They really work hard at bringing in the artists who produced the films or starred in them, or the athletes these films are about. What they’re doing is introducing Carbondale to some of the world’s greatest athletes and creative minds. It really helps Carbondale to be a creative place.”

And, according to a handful of business owners, it helps boost revenue during an otherwise slower month.

“It’s just a great community event, and it would normally be a quiet time of year, but it makes April a healthy month,” said Charlie Chacos, owner of Bonfire Coffee. “It’s a stage to expose Carbondale and the valley to a group of people that are good consumers who respect the environment.”

Eric Mitchell, general manager at Phat Thai, said he’s happy every year to be included in 5Point festivities.

“It’s just another example of what this community does particularly well, which is pulling together to support a cause and create an event,” he said. “It’s consistent with the ethics of this community, and it’s part of what we enjoy in our lives and part of what thrills us all. It’s all in the spirit of making life an expression of celebration and adventure.”

Wood said 5Point is always concerned with showing great films, but the festival has never been about only the films themselves, but rather inspiring their viewers and celebrating the outdoor lifestyle Carbondale embraces.

“We’re trying to have an impact on the community,” Wood said. “It’s not just about showcasing these stories, but the effect they have on individuals. Something in these films and in this festival is going to hit you when you walk away.”

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