5Point Film Festival 2015

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Film has a way of heightening the senses causing one to truly feel vulnerable and authentic in the present moment. Even when the mountains and rivers, comical and tragic moments, aspirations and dreams, are far away, the audience is allowed an instance of true connection. The 5Point Film festival was every bit of that and more, so much more. Powerful, captivating, stirring and most of all, INSPIRING. For all the outdoor enthusiasts, lovers of rich landscapes and benevolent free-spirits, you’ve come to the right place! I have reviewed the 30 films that premeired and can honestly say, there is at least one among the list, that each one of you can advocate or associate with. The ‘Boy’, ‘Road from Karakol’, ‘Two Laps’ ‘Dorais’ ‘Burn it Down’ and ‘Denali’ are just a few of my front-runners. Watch any of the films by clicking on their photo… Enjoy!

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WEDGE 4:08 a gray scale, slow motion illustration of the heinous risk, and glorious reward of plummeting into the infamous ‘Wedge’ surf break at Newport Beach, CA.

Story A-
Cinematography A
Emotion A
Music A+

 

486315654_1280x640ELIXIR 7:11 a young man diagnosed with leukemia bikes his way back into the passion and bliss of his life. Compelling, persistent and inspirational.

Story A+
Cinematography A
Emotion A++
Music B

 

SCRAPER BIKE KING 5:48  a bike group from Oakland, CA steer themselves and their peers in a creative, positive direction. Hopeful, funny and uplifting. If you enjoy this video, watch more about the Scraper bike club in their video ‘Scrapertown’ (https://vimeo.com/9702393)

Story A
Cinematography B
Emotion B+
Music C

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533971398_64055 HOURS IN MEXICO 9:11 four men strive for a full-on adventure packed weekend, far away from home. Will they make it back for the start of the new work week? Vivid, creative, funny and catchy.

Story A
Cinematography A+
Emotion B+
Music C

 

BURN IT DOWN 3:46 longboarding and ‘bombing’ has never been more powerful. Arbor skateboard’s, James Kelly and film producer Jack Boston put on quite the show in one of my favorites from the festival. Stimulating, mind-blowing and electrifying.

Story B
Cinematography B+
Emotion A+
Music A+

 

DREAM 5:30 NRS and whitewater kayaker Ben Marr go beyond imaginative in this film everyone, novice and professional, can relate to. From gumby to pro. Absurdly creative, silly and inventive.

Story A-
Cinematography B
Emotion A
Music A-

 

THE ULTIMATE FAN 8:40 an exploration and mystery into one man’s deep connection and love for the sport of ultra-running. Touching, entertaining and reputable.

Story A
Cinematography A
Emotion A
Music A-

 

ROAD FROM KARAKOL 24:59 an epic story of true adventure, discovering oneself and living on life’s terms far away from civilization. Kyle Dempster records his solo mission deep within Kyrgyzstan. The footage, pieced together by Fitz Cahall and Austin Siadak, resulted in a modern masterpiece for any of those aspiring explorers among us. Ludicrous, genuine and unforgettable.
Story A++
Cinematography A
Emotion A+
Music A+

WITH A PIECE OF CHALK 3:45 one boy’s struggle with the trials and tribulations society, adolescence and the world throws upon us. Finding internal peace and joy from the desire to dance. Amazing, unique and provoking.

Story A+
Cinematography A
Emotion A++
Music A+

 

TWO LAPS 5:26  a comical classic following Val and Pete’s ritual swimming race throughout the years. The producer, Passion pictures, says it best “Two friends. One race. Two laps. No prisoners.” Flawless, hilarious and heartfelt.

Story A+
Cinematography A
Emotion A+
Music A+

 

WALK NEW GROUND 3:49 a glimpse into the bold life of Trevor Thomas, a blind ultra hiker. Unfathomable, courageous and provoking.

Story A++
Cinematography B
Emotion A
Music A-

 

BEYOND THE DROP 7:01 grants us a behind the scenes look at the Teva kayaking team and the logistics leading up to a monumental undertaking on the Agua Azul. Upbeat, cheerful and prolific.

Story B
Cinematography B
Emotion C
Music A

 

BOY 10:04 a father finds closure with his son’s tragic death, seeming to rediscover himself. Without a doubt, a crowd favorite. A film that deserves the spotlight of mainstream America and the preventable distractions that put lives in danger on the road. Appropriate, powerful, exhilarating and graceful.

Story A+
Cinematography A+
Emotion A++
Music A+

 

CURIOSITY UTMB 13:01 follows the lives of 3 North Face ultra-runners as they gear up and take off on the hardest race in the world, the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. Producers and members of Camp 4 Collective, Tim Kemple and Renan Ozturk, never cease to amaze me. Enlightening, vigorous and revolutionary.

Story A
Cinematography A+
Emotion A
Music A+

MENDING THE LINE 47:00 is a beautiful story of a man’s love for fly fishing that carries him through War World II, back to his soulmate, fishing and once again to Normandy, France, finding resolution. Superb, romantic and touching. Video is only available for rent or purchase.

Story A++
Cinematography A
Emotion A
Music A

 

THE IMPORTANT PLACES 9:44 after years of lives on separate paths, a father and son reunite to paddle the Colorado river, where it all began. Wise, upbeat and elegant.

Story A+
Cinematography A+
Emotion A+
Music A+

 

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THE RIDGE 7:39 legend, Danny Macaskill does it again, this time with more adventure, flare and pure skill than we imagined possible. A lifelong dream to ride the Cuillin Ridgeline in his home land of Scotland. If you enjoy this film, follow Danny’s story further in his series “The Making of the Ridge.”

Story A
Cinematography A+
Emotion B
Music A

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DENALI 7:46 an unforgettable story for those that hold their furry friends near and dear. Ben Moon and his dog rehash the light and dark times shared in their past. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s no coincidence ‘dog’ spells ‘God’ backwards. A true gaze at unconditional love. Captivating, eternal, devoting and authentic.

Story A++
Cinematography A++
Emotion A++
Music A+

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14.C 8:43  one young man’s delicate dance between a constructive obsession and his future. Kai Lightner is a world-renown sport climber, 9th grader and goofball, that excels in the balance of life with the help from his dedicated mother. Driven, tenacious and encouraging.

Story A
Cinematography B
Emotion A-
Music B

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BRYAN AND KAIA 2:39  a short film on the joys of time shared with friends in the outdoors. Bryan and Kaia give us a peak into their favorite past time. Energetic, lighthearted and simple.

Story B
Cinematography A-
Emotion B
Music B+

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THE COAST 6:43 the two world’s of monotonous city-dwelling and spontaneous interaction with nature are bridged by a gap. A gap Hayden Peters has finally discovered, as his eyes glow with fulfillment. Lush, stunning and resolute.

Story B
Cinematography A+
Emotion C+
Music B-

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NOBODY’S RIVER 23:00  as a palm tree flexes in the wind so must we, in the face of life’s adversities. Four female companions take to Mongolia and Russia in search of new landscapes along one of the few surviving free-flowing rivers of the world. Courageous, tragic and heartwarming. Video is only available for rent or purchase.

Story A
Cinematography A-
Emotion A-
Music B

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ICARUS 1:39 a poetic gem, both audio and visual. Producer Drea Cooper does a phenomenal job in a short time conveying the pursuit of desire. Innovative and aesthetic.

Story A-
Cinematography B
Emotion B
Music A-

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FRANK AND THE TOWER 12:00 Frank Sanders engages the audience with his hilarity, weirdness and magnetic attraction to Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. A must see in my opinion. Allegiance never meant more than to see Frank’s continuous quest to share smiles with the place he loves. Priceless, refreshing and supernatural. Currently, film has not been released to public.

Story A+
Cinematography A-
Emotion A
Music A

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BENDING JAWS 7:08 Peahi or Jaws is known by every surfer as one of the more historic surf breaks of the world. Located in Hawaii, the film captures the swell from a storm in the Pacific ocean. Fearless, monumental and staggering.

Story A
Cinematography A
Emotion A
Music A+

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DRAWN 41:00 captures Jeremy Collins many travels and explorations in the form of story-telling and more importantly, art. Brilliant and masterful, yet anticlimactic. This film peaked my interest from the kickstarter to the release but honestly, I was slightly disappointed due to the potential it had to be so much more. Creative, yes. Good, yes. Phenomenal, no. Video is only available for rent or purchase.

Story A
Cinematography A
Emotion B
Music B

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REY DEL RIO 5:45 the first ever big waterfall style kayak competition. This was the second film to occur on the Agua Azul, what most of the audience agreed might be the most photogenic river in the world. Picturesque, insane and respectable.

Story C
Cinematography A-
Emotion C
Music A

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HUAYHUASH 13:06 three friends set out to circumnavigate the colossal and statuesque Huayhuash range in Peru. Sporadic plans, heinous weather and injuries test their emotions in this genuine story of adventure and triumphant. Admiration, harmonious and cheerful.

Story A
Cinematography A+
Emotion B
Music A

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Dorais

DORAIS 12:28 Jason and Andy Dorais are brothers that share the same interests, ambitions and even careers. This film follows their lives, success and hardship. Producer, Duct Tape Then Beer, says it best, “Dorais (dor-AY’) verb: To crush strenuous cardiovascular activity while easily juggling life’s myriad demands. Usage: As I dorais myself up the gnarly steep hill, I easily sigh and wonder where those extra four hours in my day should be spent.” Tragic, reassuring and selfless.

Story A++
Cinematography B+
Emotion A+
Music B

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PARTICIPATE 3:46 Wade Newsom and Jeremy Collins collaborate to piece together this poetic work of art. Igniting the audience to find those things that make them tick, get out and chase them. Flawless and concise.

Story A
Cinematography B
Emotion A
Music A

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Child of mine
come as you grow
in youth you will learn the secret places
the cave behind the waterfall
the arms of the oak that hold you high
the stars so near on a desert ledge
the important places
and as with age you choose your own way
among the many faces of a busy world
may you always remember the path that leads back
back to the important places.

Dad for Forest, 1986

Joseph Hobby 9/3/15

Brave Explorations. Soulful Discoveries.

 

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