What started as an annual, 4-day celebration of film and art in Colorado, the 5Point Film Festival has expanded to different cities all over the country and is making its Asheville debut this weekend – August 14-15. 5Point aims to not be just another outdoor film festival by showcasing films that should challenge concepts of adventure while incorporating art, performances, and special guests.
We asked organizers to give us the top 5 things to know about this event and why people should check it out. There are also more details and a full schedule below.
1. 5Point stands for: Balance, Commitment, Purpose, Humility and Respect.
NOT the adrenaline junkie, huck fest, action porn side of adventure. These are high quality deeper stories, celebrating the best in the outdoor community in an artistic and thoughtful way.
2. This isn't a tour stop.
5Point is investing and creating this experience with the Southeast adventure and art community. This is a unique 5Point event that will grow into a regional attraction in the years to come. 5Point will also play a role in the economic development of the region with the outdoor industry and be a voice for recreational tourism.
3. You will be surprised.
5Point isn't your typical film festival event. Between making the films come alive, the free community gatherings around town, and the "concert" style program and experience in the theater, 5Point will leave you on the edge of your seat, in tears, hugging your neighbor and ready to get after it...however you define adventure.
4. Your mom will like it too.
5Point isn't just for the young or young at heart, it truly has something for everyone. 6 to 80 year olds will love and be inspired by this show and the events around it.
5. It's not all film.
A river cleanup, Van Life Rally, public art installation, kick off party, boat demo Down by the River, and afterparty are all part of the weekend festivities. Not to mention the chance to win gear from Outdoor Research, NRS, Astral, ENO, Land Rover Driving School, and customize your own Liquidlogic BRAAP! kayak!
EVENT WEBSITE and SCHEDULE
Pat Goodman - West Virginia resident and world adventure athlete. Featured in the film DRAWN
Thomas Woodson - Greenville, SC native and sponsored adventure athlete and filmmaker on Huayhuash and 55 Hours in Mexico
Karl Thompson - star of 55 Hours in Mexico
With more to be announced.
Other area athletes and guests expected include Anna Levesque, Will Harlan, Jay Curwen, Sam Koerber and Adam Hill.
Friday Aug 14
4PM: FREE Kickoff Party with Sierra Nevada and Bom Bus, live music by Pleasure Chest, Outdoor Research give-away prize pack and more > in the parking lot across from the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
7PM: Film Program I (films TBA) - 3 hours of heart pounding, tear jerking, inspiring stories that will give you a stern kick in the bum to get out and get after it! Sierra Nevada available for purchase > at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Saturday August 15
10AM: Going the Distance Panel with Anna Levesque, Will Harlan, Jay Curwen, Sam Koerber & Adam Hill ( + more TBD) brought to you by Blue Ridge Outdoors FREE > at New Mountain Sol Bar
11AM: Youth Adventure Program > at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium followed by a free ice cream social at New Mountain with Farm to Home (grassfed!) Dairy ice cream > Kids under 13 FREE
1PM: Down by the River with Liquid Logic, Astral Designs, Watershed Dry Bags, + more > at the Boathouse at Smoky Park, 326 Riverside Dr., 28801 > where there will be demo boats, paddling with local paddling legends, and the chance to win the opportunity to custom build your own Liquid Logic BRAAAP!
4PM: Van Life Rally live-able adventure vehicle exhibit, live music, food trucks, ENO, and more @ New Mountain Amphitheater, hosted by Eurosport Asheville
7PM: Film Program II (films TBA) - 3 hours that will make you think about your life in a new way, erase the excuses from your mind, and and leave you stoked for your next adventure > at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
11PM: 5Point Afterparty @ New Mountain Amphitheater with DJ Marley Carroll (see flier below!)
BUY TICKETS HERE!