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5Point Film Festival Announces Festival Program

“The depth of storytelling at this year’s festival is phenomenal — the audience is in for quite a ride,” Justin Clifton, 5Point executive director, said. “From the desert floor of the Grand Canyon to the heights of Saser Kangri II to the remote waters in the heart of Africa to the untold stories of human passion, 5Point is offering up an amazing collection of films in 2012.”

With the festival just a few weeks away, we’re revving up for an incredible event. To give you a taste of what you’ll be seeing on the big screen, we’ve put together a sneak peek…

Jane’s Journey: More than 20 years ago, Dr. Jane Goodall, decided to give up her career as a primatologist, as well as her private life, in order to devote her entire energy to saving our endangered planet. Directed by Lorenz Knauer and joined by an all-star crew, Jane’s Journey is an intimate portrait of the private person behind the world-famous icon — an exceptional woman, possibly the most fascinating woman of our time, whose scientific breakthroughs are considered to be among the most important of the past 100 years. Jane’s Journey is featured during Saturday afternoon’s program on April 28.

Photo: The Guardian

Aquadettes: The Aquadettes are a group of women from a retirement community in Orange County, California, who challenge themselves physically and mentally with choreographed routines in water. For these women, swimming is about much more than an exercise, it’s about the community that comes with it. Aquadettes is a meditation on life, death and synchronized swimming. Featured in Friday evening’s program on April 27.

Last of the Great Unknown: The Grand Canyon is immense, almost unfathomable in scale. Deep within this vast wilderness, intimate tributaries hide some of the Canyon’s most remarkable features — the last of the great unknown. This is the story of these slots, the canyoneers who systematically explored them and the secrets hidden deep within their walls. Featured in Saturday afternoon’s program on April 28.

Photo: Alpinist Magazine

Shattered: When you have given everything, what do you have left? After achieving his dream summit, an elite climber finds himself empty. Broken and untethered, he searches for a fulfillment more lasting than a faraway peak. Starring Steve House and produced and directed by Tyler Stableford, Shattered is featured in Thursday afternoon’s program on April 26.

Wild Love: Just six months after surviving an accident that nearly claimed his life, Renan Ozturk embarked on the most significant climb he’d ever attempted—the first ascent of the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru. This film explores how this dramatic chain of events affected his relationship with his partner, Amee Hinkley, and himself. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Andy Maser, Jenny Nichols and Emily Nuchols, Wild Love: Renan + Amee is featured in Friday evening’s program on April 27 and a second film from the Wild Love series starring world-renowned climber and speaker Timmy O’Neill will be featured in Thursday evening’s program on April 26.


Photo: Tim Kemple via National Geographic Adventure

Of Souls & Water: The Nomad: Crisscrossing the globe with his paddle and camera, The Nomad seeks neither gold nor glory, but himself. He searches in vast expanses of sea and ice, in remote outposts and urban jungles, and on that unforgiving edge where death’s nearness magnifies life. Starring Erik Boomer and produced and directed by the award-winning team at Forge Motion Pictures, The Nomad is featured in Saturday evening’s program on April 28.

Kadoma: World-renowned kayakers Hendri Coetzee, Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic attempt a 1,000-mile first descent in the mighty Congo River Basin. Kadoma is the story of an incredible journey through the heart of Africa that ends in tragedy. Featured in Sunday afternoon’s program on April 29.

Old Breed: Veteran alpinists Mark Richey and Steve Swenson are lured to the Karakoram one last time in pursuit of the first ascent of Saser Kangri II, the second-highest unclimbed mountain in the world. The story is both a grand adventure and probing inquiry into the psychology of risk-taking. Featured in Friday evening’s program on April 27.


Freedom Chair: In 2004, Josh Dueck broke his back attempting a backflip on skis, paralyzing himself from the waist down. After years of determination, Dueck couldn’t shake his dream of tackling the backcountry. The Freedom Chair is a story of a dream fulfilled. Featured in Friday evening’s program on April 27.

“As with years past, we’re excited to welcome special guests associated with almost every film in the festival. 5Point continues to be a gathering place for adventurous spirits and inquisitive souls, I look forward to welcoming back old friends and meeting new ones at this year’s festival,” Clifton said.

The fifth annual 5Point Film Festival will take place April 26 to 29, 2012 in Carbondale, Colorado, featuring a five-star roster of adventure films, special guests and live performances. The complete festival program can be found at starting April 6, 2012.