Meaghan Lynch named 5 Point Film director
The 5Point Film Festival has a new executive director, and Meaghan Lynch is no stranger to the area or the organization.
“Meaghan is a smart, hard-working, talented and engaging leader,” said board chair Penn Newhard. “She embraces the tenets of 5Point: respect, commitment, humility, purpose and balance, and understands film, creativity and community.”
Lynch has served as the public relations manager at Aspen Skiing Co. for the past four years and had lived in the area before. She actually had her first taste of the event eight years ago, during a year hiatus in Aspen in between business school in Boston and working as an accountant in New York City.
“Our motto is ‘Come together, return changed,’ and that really rang true for me,” she said. “It left me with this lingering inspiration.”
Despite moving around as a kid and an adult, Lynch always considered Colorado home. She and her four younger siblings did their undergrad studies at Colorado College, she has family roots — her grandfather managed Breckenridge back in the ‘70s — here and it simply appeals as a place to live.
“I just decided New York wasn’t for me,” she said. “The call of the mountains was too strong to resist.”
She landed the job at Skico, where she has been happily ensconced ever since. When the 5Point job came open, however, even her mentors there encouraged her to apply for what she described as her dream job.
It didn’t hurt that she was already in the process of moving to Carbondale, where the organization dedicated to inspiring adventure through film is based.
“As such a strong local event, I think it’s important to really be here and be part of the community,” she said.
With a mini festival slated for Jan. 21 at the Wheeler Opera House and the 10-year anniversary of the main event coming up in the spring, she has her hands full and no desire to shake things up in the short term.
“I don’t need to fix what’s not broken,” she said. “We get to build on what’s already working.”
She also has a deep passion for the outdoors and takes the reins at 5Point after a trip to Nepal where she did service work rebuilding houses and trekked in the Annapurna area.
“Film really has the ability to deliver some impactful messages and bring some experiences people might not have access to. We want to give people something that lets them actually change their life or perspective to actually change their world,” she added. “I’m excited to carry the legacy on and continue to bring a great thing to this valley.”
For more information on 5Point, visit 5pointfilm.org.
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