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5Point Film Festival brings its presence to the Southeast as it launches its regional concert-style film festival in Asheville, NC, on August 14 and 15, 2015, at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, the New Mountain Amphitheater and various spaces around the city, with a two-day celebration of art, community and short adventure films.

The festival offers the only “film concert” experience including special guests, live performance, and a few “5Point style” surprises throughout the evening. Daytime events include free community parties- including the signature 5Point Van Life Rally party- leading into two evenings of short adventure film programs at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Each film program will begin at 7pm and last about three hours. Coming to a 5Point Film program is a unique experience, more like a live concert than a typical film screening. Festivals offer an element of surprise with quality live performances, special guests and spoken word taking the audience on an emotional ride through inspiring film and performance.

Included among over 30 short films over the two days are regional premiere screenings of Denali, 55 Hours in Mexico, and Frank and the Tower. Special guests include South Carolina local Thomas Woodson – Films include Huayhuash and 55 Hours in Mexico; Karl Thompson – Films include 55 Hours in Mexico and Unicorn Sashimi; West Virginia local Pat Goodman, Asheville local Brett McCall as MC, and spoken word artist Wade Newsom – Films/Performances include Participate, Passion and Psst…

Denali
There’s no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they’ve supported you through your darkest moments. Denali is a short about friendship, overcoming illness, and what a true bond really means.

55 Hours in Mexico
55 hours in Mexico…never felt so good? Fly, drive, hike, ski, drive, fly, home. 3 adventurers take on a weekend expedition to the top of Orizaba and back, the ultimate weekend warrior trip.

Frank and the Tower
A classic, Frank Sanders weaver fine threads of wisdom and flare at Devil’s Tower. A life well lived and a special magical place to call home.

Tickets and festival passes are priced from $20 and can be purchased via the 5Point Film website

The two-day festival line-up is as follows:

FRIDAY AUGUST 14
4-7pm Festival Kickoff Party with Live Music by Pleasure Chest, Sierra Nevada Beer and The Bom Bus Food Truck Parking lot across from US cellular center, free
7-10pm Film Program I Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, $20

SATURDAY AUGUST 15
10am Going the Distance Panel brought to you by Blue Ridge Outdoors. Includes Asheville’s finest mountain athletes: Anna Levesque, Will Harlan, Jay Curwen, Sam Koerber, & Adam Hill New Mountain Sol Bar, free
11-12pm Youth Adventure Film Program Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, $10/free kids 13 & under
12-2pm Community Picnic and Ice Cream Social New Mountain Amphitheater, free
4-7pm Van Life Rally! Come check out an entourage of “livable adventure vehicles,” enjoy outdoor Live Music, Sierra Nevada Beer and local food trucks. New Mountain Amphitheater, free
7-10pm Film Program II Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, $20
11-2am 5Point Late Night dance party with DJ Marley New Mountain, free to 5Point Film Festival ticket holders

5Point works with local outdoor retailers, bike shops, and community organizations as well as local artists to showcase the talents of the region and inspire the outdoor communities’ growth. With aspirations to grow into another large four-day event similar to its Rockies region signature event, 5Point Film Festival is poised to become a great economic driver and attraction for Asheville and has plans to start a local scholarship program much like its Dream Project, an adventure scholarship program which offers outstanding high school children the chance to explore their personal boundaries and dreams with a scholarship to embark on a life-changing opportunity.

“5Point believes in celebrating and building strong communities around positive shared experiences. We believe in being good stewards of the environment. And we believe that inspiring storytelling through film, and moving live experiences are the best way to impact a community, bring them together and spark positive change,” said Sarah Wood, Executive Director of 5Point Film. “Asheville is a vibrant, outdoor, forward-thinking community that matches the ethos of 5Point. After spending time in the community and working with the City of Asheville, we were thrilled to pick this location as our future home for the Southeast Region. We can’t wait to celebrate the Southeast region 5Point-style!”

5Point Film Festival is in its eighth season producing a four-day festival in Carbondale Colorado at the end of April each year. In an effort to expand its mission of inspiring adventure and storytelling of all kinds, the non-profit created a unique 5Point style show in each region, rather than bring the Carbondale show on a tour. By creating regional hubs across the country, 5Point will inspire other communities and celebrate their local filmmakers, athletes and artists, like 5Point has been doing to sell out crowds for Colorado’s Rocky Mountain region. Other regional festival hubs located in Somerville, MA, Bellingham, WA, and future Midwest location TBA, are scheduled for future dates in 2015 and 2016.

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