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5Point, Adventure Media Review / 30.04.2012

Overcoming adversity is a common theme among adventure films. To beat the odds and triumph in the face of certain doom is the universal thread that runs like a current through the exciting stories that captivate audiences year after year. And on the second night of programming at the 2012 5Point Film Festival a subtle variation on that theme makes a compelling swift to explore not just the circumstances of adventure but the unfathomable depths of the characters who experience it. Each of the films presented on Friday demonstrates...

5Point, 5Point to MountainFilm Tour, Adventure Media Review, Film Festival / 28.04.2012

A film festival of excellent quality is far more than the sum of its movies. The cultural experience that draws audiences to witness a spectacle of fun and adventure is a unique opportunity to exceed the mere goal of entertainment. The fifth annual  5Point Film Festival has built a community where aspiring explorers can watch reality unfold in film through stories that first began with a dream. Opening night of the four-day event possessed the intimate flavor of a family reunion. This gathering of our tribe brought together in...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Film Review, Green Economics / 25.04.2012

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="337" caption="Karin Hayes & Vicky Bruce"][/caption] Despite all indications to the contrary, a new film wants you to disregard a common misconception. “We’re Not Broke” by Vicky Bruce and Hayes explores the arcane and all too confusing world of multi-national tax regulations to reveal a surprising fact. The most profitable corporations in the United States contribute almost nothing to the Internal Revenue Service. And although popular rhetoric suggests that we’ve taxed enough already Bruce and Hayes demonstrate that many of us don’t pay nearly enough. Typically one...

5Point to MountainFilm Tour, Adventure Media Review, App Review, Film Festival, Travel / 24.04.2012

Marion, Iowa I just pulled over for a food break and an email check. Google maps tells me I'm 155 miles into the first leg of this westward road trip to the 5Point Film Festival and beyond. Culver's restaurants are a good alternative to your typical fast food, just as much fat, maybe more, but everything is fresh. The "Butter Burger" will do you in and if like frozen custard this is definitely the place. Free Wi-Fi makes this a good hot spot for wireless. I'm trying out the Road...

5Point, 5Point to MountainFilm Tour, Adventure Media Review, Breaking News, Film Festival, Mountain Film, National Parks, Outdoor Recreation / 23.04.2012

Tomorrow I’m heading west on a tour of adventure. Starting off at the 5Point Film Festival in Carbondale, Colorado I’ll make a big loop across the Rockies and over to Sierras. I’ll make stops in Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, the Grand Canyon, Moab and back to Colorado for the Mountain Film Festival in Telluride. Along the way I’ll connect with dozens of filmmakers, artists, athletes and activists to make a real-time survey of the adventure world today. The 5Point to Telluride Tour is the next leg...

Adventure Media Review, Madison, Special Events / 19.04.2012

The evening got off to a rocky start. But typical of down home Wisconsin no one was so unkind as to mention it. I was nervous and it showed. The Forum at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery was packed to capacity. Sadly we had to turn a few people away. The audience was eager for me for me to get on with it and introduce the show they came to see, a screening of Roko Belic’s wonderful film “Happy”. The tunnel vision that strikes whenever I speak in front...