5 Point Film Festival Awards Announced

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | May 3, 2011      

I was waiting till they made this official and got the People’s Choice voting counted. We’re on board with all except “Chasing Water,” which covered water issues on the Colorado River. We liked “Chasing Water” but felt it lacked power in its story. Three or four other flicks offered a quantum leap in inspiration, e.g., Swiss Machine or Skatistan. I mean, what was “Chasing Water” supposed to have inspired me to do in comparison to kids in Afghanistan rising above war? Oh well, that’s the fun of a film festival and how art works. Not everyone likes everything — opinions vary. (Yes indeed, no backcountry skiing films on the list! That is, dare I say, criminal?)

My inconsequential disagreement about awards aside, what amazed me about this festival was, while I could clearly see some films rise to the top, I could not find one lemon.

Other years were not quite so perfect. For example, last year 5 Point presented a BASE jumping movie that I was not a huge fan of (see review.) But this year, Dean Potter’s flick “Fly or Die” about free BASE climbing was much more thoughtful, with an interesting story and a tasteful dose of heroics that went a bit bombastic at times (seems like that’s part of BASE jumping), but still worked. While I didn’t agree that Potter’s free BASE solo climbing is the future of alpinism (nor does it even look sustainable), he most certainly got the climber side of my brain tied up in knots — and fantasizing. Also, regarding the 5 Point principle of commitment, you can’t deny the commitment of what Dean Potter does in climbing, so in terms of a metaphor it is pretty cool.

At any rate, here are the results, with my editorial comment in parentheses:

BEST OF THE FEST WINNER: The Wolf And The Medallion, Jeremy Collins. (Deserved it.)

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD WINNER: Eastern Rises, Felt Soul Media, Travis Rummel and Ben Knight. (Only the best fishing film ever made.)

BEST ADVENTURE FILM: COLD, Anson Fogel and Cory Richards. (Raises the bar for alpinism movies.)

MOST INSPIRING FILM: Chasing Water, Pete McBride (?)

JURY SPECIAL SELECTION: ScraperTown, Drea Cooper and Zack Canepari (We tend to exalt anything involving human muscle power, nice to see that validated, as sometimes it just feels so “white.”)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Dark Side Of The Lens, Mickey Smith (Whew, we thought Life Cycles was going to win this, while stunning, their effects are a bit repetitive and over baked, so we’re psyched “Dark Side” go the kudos. Actually, if there was a prize for Best Writing, this or “Cold” would have been contenders.)

By the way, praise goes to 5 Point for keeping the awards simple. It’s tempting to have a bunch (writing, humor, environmental, and on and on), but for a live audience any more than a few makes the awards ceremony go on forever. So good.

Oh, and how about a little bonus treat? Below shot here in little old Carbondale, edited and written by Anson Fogel and Skip Armstrong, Forge Motion Pictures, to introduce a scholarship program instigated at this year’s 5 Point Festival.


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14 Responses to “5 Point Film Festival Awards Announced”

  1. Caleb Wray May 3rd, 2011 5:56 pm

    Chasing Water link isn’t working Lou.

  2. Caleb Wray May 3rd, 2011 5:57 pm

    Correction: None of the last 4 movie links are working.

  3. Lou May 3rd, 2011 6:17 pm

    Should be fixed now, most are trailers. If anyone knows links to full length flicks please share.

  4. Beda May 4th, 2011 1:16 pm

    Thank you, Lou for this review of the awards. As Lisa knows, it is a hard job and very difficult to choose the winners. 5Point is consistently tempted to have more categories to honor more films but I think this de-values all of the awards!

    Only Scrapertown and Dark Side of the Lens are available online to screen, the others are en route to the festival circuit and will potentially be available online within the next 6-10 months.

  5. Lou May 4th, 2011 1:28 pm

    Yeah, I wouldn’t want to see more than perhaps one more award, perhaps a humor award, or come to think of it, best writing would be good since 5 Point is the festival that probably places more emphasis on the writing than others, due to specific guiding principles.

    But yeah, the award ceremonies can so easily become long and tedious.

    Thanks for the tips on what folks can screen. Always confusing.

  6. naginalf May 4th, 2011 1:53 pm

    Hey, what happened to the airbag review, I was in the middle of it and now it’s disappeared?

  7. Lou May 4th, 2011 2:17 pm

    Sorry nagin, it had some inaccuracies so we took it down for a few hours before the comments started flying. Back up soon. It’s taking more work than I thought, trying to normalize the weights so they can compare to each other…

  8. tka May 4th, 2011 4:39 pm


    Take action in your backyard Lou. Go read some Wallace Stegner. Go read some Terry Tempest Williams. Go read some John McFee. The film was meant to inspire you to learn about your place, your backyard. To learn more about what happens to the snow you ski on. To learn about it and it’s fate. To draw conclusions and make some connection to how after your skis slice through it, its journey is not over. To create awareness. To learn more about yourself Lou. Your community. Your environment. Most people are oblivious to water rights and use/abuse in the west. This film inspires one to know about water as you do about land use policy.

  9. Lou May 4th, 2011 4:46 pm

    Tka, is the sermon over yet? Any thought that perhaps I might know a bit about water?

  10. Lou May 4th, 2011 5:31 pm
  11. tka May 5th, 2011 2:48 am

    your Q was how this film was supposed to inspire you (others?). That was my answer. That’s what I’d want anyone to take away if I made that film. Yes, you may know about water and I’m glad you do as that is my point. a sermon however involves ‘shoulds’ of moral beliefs and I think I stayed away from any personal opinions of ‘shoulds’ regarding land or water use. I realize now that your question was rhetorical because you disagree with the premise of the film…and that it was a glorified enviro-rant. Which is interesting, to me as an environmental educator, as how to engage (not enrage) involved citizens (or create them) to take action in their community….regardless of which ‘side’ they choose. Damn stereotypes keep getting in the way!! Vaya con dios Lou!!

  12. Lou May 5th, 2011 5:27 am

    Ok tka, thanks for clarifying.

  13. Daniel Dunn May 7th, 2011 4:53 pm

    I loved that film fest and everything about it. I interviewed many of the filmmakers and the only thing I heard over and over again, was that this fest, is the best one out there. And that include the big guys-you know who I’m talking about. I’ll take pride in that as a Coloradan, while I don’t live in Carbondale, I sure felt at home with my “people” and that made me feel really, really good.
    Thanks for the write up Lou, and maybe you should learn a little about backcountry skiing (I know you sense my sarcasm)

  14. Lou May 7th, 2011 5:54 pm

    Dan, first I’ve got to learn about the Colorado River, then I’ll start on backcountry skiing (grin).

    But yeah, seriously, 5 Point has really come into its own. I think the strong sense of purpose due to 5 points mission statement has much to do with this. As this is not just an adventure or mountain film festival, which can mean you’ll see nearly anything, but rather a festival where a common philosophical thread is going to run through nearly everything. Not only that, but people sourcing the fest are way way past adventure sport porn, and the film makers I think get that and are really ramping up their story telling.

    This is kind of a golden age here in Carbondale, Colorado. First the farmers were here, then the miners, then the hippies, and now the quppies (yuppies for whom quality small-town living takes priority over what kind of car they drive or how big their income is.) I was in Aspen during a similar golden erra, it was amazing and Aspen still has some of that, but as we learned in Aspen nothing lasts forever so enjoy it while you can!

    Bigger is not always better, and a smaller film festival with one venue has a very different spirit, one that I’d venture to say effectively engenders camaraderie and community spirit that is very obvious to folks attending.

    On the whole, just fabulous and a highlight of the year for us, for sure.

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