Carbondale’s 5Point Film festival has a point (five, actually) |

Carbondale’s 5Point Film festival has a point (five, actually)

April E. ClarkArts and Entertainment contributor

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5Point schedule

Film programs at Carbondale Recreation Center
Friday, April 26
all day 5Point photo gallery, Bonfire Coffee, 433 Main St.
7-10:30 p.m. PROGRAM II
“Loved Up: The Shiver Bivvy”
“Tough Guy - The Legacy of Mr. Mouse”
“All That I Am”
Conversation with Aaron Baker
“Kilian Martin: Altered Route”
“Crossing the Ice”
“A Passion for Landscapes”
“The Bus: A Journey Up North”
10 p.m. Late Night 5Point DJ Dance Party, Phat Thai, 343 Main St.
Saturday, April 27
all day 5Point photo gallery, Bonfire Coffee
10:30 a.m. to noon The Enormocast Live, Steve's Guitars, 19 N. Fourth St.
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PROGRAM III: All-Ages Adventure Series
“Much Better Now”
“Benard Mountain Bikes”
“Joy of Air”
“A No Good Film”
“Real Ski Fi 7”
“With a Piece of Chalk”
“Kranked Kids - Ice Cream”
“Benard Snowboards”
“Kilian Martin: Altered Route”
“Paper Shredder”
“The Sweetest Goodest Song - A Mud Puppets Theatre Production”
12:30-2:30 p.m. 5Point Community Picnic and Ice Cream Social, Carbondale Recreation Center
2:30-4:30 p.m. PROGRAM IV
“The Crash Reel”
2:30-5 p.m. The Dirtbag Diaries Live, Steve's Guitars
7-10:30 p.m. PROGRAM V
“Destined for the Cold”
“With a Piece of Chalk”
“Split of a Second”
“Road to Karakol”
Special Presentation:
Kyle Dempster
“Riders to the Sea”
“Poor Man's Heli”
“North of the Sun”
“Till the Luck Runs Dry”
10 p.m. Late Night 5Point, Rock Dogs, Black Nugget, 403 Main St.
Sunday, April 28
all day 5Point photo gallery, Bonfire Coffee
3-6 p.m. PROGRAM VI
“Joy of Air”
“Plan C-14”
“Wide Boyz”
“American Dream”
“Through the Lens”
“Down the Line”
“Marty Knapp - Portrait of a Photographer”
5Point Film Festival Awards Program
“Revelation: A Visual Poem”

CARBONDALE, Colorado — If 5Point Film organizer Julie Kennedy hopes audiences take anything away from the popular festival, it’s to become inspired.

The mission of the annual event, after all, is to “inspire adventure of all kinds, to connect generations through shared experience, to engage passion with a conscience, and to educate through film.”

The 5Point Film festival started Thursday at the Carbondale Recreation Center by announcing the winners of the third annual adventure scholarship program, the 5Point Dream Project. The program offers motivated high school students from Aspen to Parachute the chance to explore personal boundaries and dreams though projects that couple them with nonprofit organizations.

“This year, we have students doing projects on four different continents, exploring various cultures, providing aid and solutions directly to local communities, and creating positive impacts in various ways,” Kennedy said. “These five students most exemplified 5Point’s five guiding principles and will use their $1,500 scholarship to embark on their own unique, life-changing adventure.”

This year, we have students doing projects on four different continents, exploring various cultures, providing aid and solutions directly to local communities, and creating positive impacts in various ways

This year’s Dream Project winners are Will Masters, a Roaring Fork High School junior; William Sardinsky, a senior at Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS); Griffen Rowe-Gaddis, a Glenwood Springs High School (GSHS) senior; Diana Banks, also a GSHS senior; and Anne-Marie Lewis, a CRMS freshman.

The youngest of the winners, Lewis’ winning Dream Project combines her love of photography and writing with helping the world. She will work with the Shoulder-To-Shoulder program and communities within the Bolivian Amazon as a nonimposing organization, to help provide access to clean water.

The controversial debate over drilling on Thompson Divide inspired CRMS’s Sardinsky to capture compelling images of the wilderness to fight against development. He will work with valley photographers and organizations to create a photo collection highlighting the uses, importance and beauty of the Thompson Divide landscape. To raise awareness, the photos will be shown throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

Masters has dedicated his future to engineering for a renewable world. He will attend a camp at Alfred University this summer focusing on particle physics, economics of energy, and social and environmental factors of renewable energy.

Rowe-Gaddis will travel to Brazil this summer to help with the education and development of underprivileged children. He will specifically work in Sao Paulo with victims of drug violence.

Banks will join a group headed to Laos for a community service project, living with monks to practice and study and work with impoverished children.

Since giving back to community, local and worldwide, is one of the points of the nonprofit 5Point Film festivals, proceeds from ticket sales benefit 1% for the Planet, a conglomerate of companies dedicated to environmental causes, and Roaring Fork Valley nonprofits.

All films in the festival will take place at Carbondale Recreation Center. Live podcasts, including local climber Chris Kalous’ Enormocast take place on Saturday at Steve’s Guitars. Bonfire Coffee on Main Street in Carbondale hosts the 5Point Gallery Show through Sunday. A community picnic and ice cream social takes place at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rec Center with free ice cream and yard games.

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