One of the best adventure film festivals in the country will be in Asheville, North Carolina, October 6-8, 2016, with a program of more than 50 short films and world premieres, panel discussions, community events, guest speakers, a film-beer pairing dinner, community picnics, parties and more.
The three-day festival was founded in 2008 by former Climbing magazine owner Julie Kennedy and founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, and has become a highlight on the adventure film industry calendar.
This year’s film program will include “Ace and The Desert Dog” by Brendon Leonard and Forest Woodward, “Uni-Saders, When We Were Knights” by Anson Fogel, “Trail to Kazbegi, Role Reversal,” among others. Visiting guest speakers and panelists will include author and professional adventurer Brendan Leonard; unicycle guru Jimmy Agnew, spoken word performer Wade Newsom, Editor-in-Chief of Bike Mag Brice Minnigh, 5Point founder Julie Kennedy, In Between Swims podcast host Jeff McIntyre, and filmmakers Thomas Woodson, Joey Schusler and Jon Glassberg.
“The community of Asheville has embraced 5Point Adventure Film Festival for the last two years and we’re excited to amp it up for 2016 with twice the number of films,” said Micah Pulleyn, National Events Director for the festival. “We are also focused on inspiring young adventurers through our Dream Project teen scholarship program. Without great stories and filmmakers to tell them, we wouldn’t be here.”
Also in the lineup of local special guests are: filmmaker Brett McCall, yoga instructor Joe Taft, pro kayaker and speaker Chris Gragtmans, and former City Councilman Marc Hunt. Local female legends will join a panel and live podcast recording including Ky Delaney, Shanna Powell, Anne Riddle and Anna Levesque.
Other festival highlights include starting the weekend with the signature Van Life rally and kick-off party on Thursday, October 6, from 4-10 p.m. at the Salvage Station.
Also on the schedule is a group trail run, yoga class, tours of Sierra Nevada Brewery, poetry readings, live music, demos, clinics and workshops.
Tickets go on sale September 1, and are $10 for youth, $20 regular and $60 VIP, purchased at http://5pointfilm.org/tickets or at the US Cellular Center box office.
New for 2016 at 5Point Asheville will be discounted tickets and passes for attendees of the Overland Expo East and Beer City Beatdown events happening in Asheville the same weekend.
The festival’s mission is to inspire adventure of all kinds, to connect generations through shared experience, engage passion with a conscience, and to educate through film.