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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...

Film preview, Interview, Special Events / 16.04.2012

Happiness is one of those aspects of the human experience that's hard to define. But scientist Richard Davidson has made it his life's work to study exactly what it means to be happy. Founder and chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison Davidson uses the scientific method to explore the human brain in order to discover how people experience and cultivate their sense of well being.             Before speaking at the 6th annal Earth Day Conference hosted by the UW Nelson Institute...

5Point, Adventure Media Review, Film Festival, Interview, Mountain Film / 12.04.2012

photo by Ben Knight The 5Point Film Festival has a new executive director. Justin Clifton spent six years on staff with the Mountain Film Festival in Telluride . Last summer he come over to the Roaring Fork Valley where he’s plying his expertise and vision to guide an exceptional adventure media event in Carbondale, Colorado. In advance of this four-day mountain movie menagerie, set to start on April 26th, Clifton shared a few thoughts on his new role and what we can look forward to on the cinema...

Adventure Media Review, Film preview, Green Economics, Mountain Film, Special Events, Sustainable Living / 11.04.2012

  There is no greater joy than the gift of happiness. And in celebration of Earth Day “Happy” is coming to Madison. To be more specific the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin is hosting a presentation of Roko Belic’s award-winning feature film “Happy”. The movie will be followed by a lively panel discussion on the topic of happiness hosted by yours truly. After seeing the premiere of this amazing motion picture last year at the Mountain Film Festival in Telluride I knew it just had...

Adventure Media Review, Film Review, Kids in Nature / 10.04.2012

A new short film by Nirvan Mullick could make you rethink what it means to play outside. Caine's Arcade is a heartwarming true story about a 9-year-old boy who turns his dreams into reality with a couple of cardboard boxes and a roll of packing tape. In a world where children often restrict their play to commercially derived electronic games it's encouraging to see the creation of games born of imagination and the selfless desire to share fun. Caine Monroy is a little boy in East Los Angeles who...