Film Festival Benefits Local Conservation Group
If you’re sticking close to home this weekend and enjoy adventure films, then you’re in luck. On Saturday, Nov. 10 the 5Point Adventure Film Festival 2018 will be coming to Leadville for a one night showing. Presented in partnership with the Cloud City Conservation Center (C4), the “Our Stories, Our Lands” film night will begin at 7 p.m., playing at the Colorado Mountain College, Climax building on the Leadville campus.
Film-lovers meet adventure-seekers in this 5Point Film presentation, which first premiered in Carbondale last April. While no details were provided about what films may show on Saturday night in Leadville, one of the 2018 festival highlights in Carbondale was the world premiere of the film “The Bikes of Wrath.” This documentary chronicles five Australian cyclists’ journey from Oklahoma to California in 49 days, re-tracing the steps from John Steinbeck’s literary classic, “Grapes of Wrath. Since the film’s premiere, it has been racking up the awards on the festival circuit and fast becoming a “must see” for cyclists, and movie-lovers!
Now in its 11th year, the 5Point Adventure Film Festival is based in Carbondale where they screen more than 50 films and hosts dozens of filmmakers and athletes from around the world each spring. Beyond the primary event, festival organizers have also created a way to collaborate with nonprofits and organizations around the country to bring these films to communities everywhere. In Leadville, it was C4 that stepped up to the opportunity and will also reap the fundraising benefits from Saturday’s showings.
So come, enjoy some adventure films, and help raise money for a local cause. Tickets are $15/adults, $7 for kids 5 -12 years and can be purchased at the door. Saturday’s event is being billed as an evening out with the whole family! The El Mexicano taco truck will be in front of the Climax building at 5:30 p.m. Get inspired to live your best adventure with this selection of captivating adventure shorts, featuring inspiring stories about people who make a difference.
Literary Classic Leads to Epic Road Trip
In the documentary “The Bikes of Wrath,” five Australian friends attempt to cycle from Oklahoma to California in honor of the mighty westward migration undertaken by the Joad family in John Steinbeck’s literary classic, The Grapes of Wrath. Seeking to gain a greater understanding of the Dust Bowl, explore the central themes of the novel and discuss their relevance in today’s America, “The Bikes of Wrath” set-off on their 30-day cycling adventure with no support vehicle, no training and, as one member puts it best, ‘no real idea’.
Loaded with trailers, musical instruments, and camera equipment, the group set themselves the additional challenge of surviving on $420 (the modern-day equivalent of the Joads’ $18 in the 1930s) and whatever their musical performances can yield. Through chance encounters with everyday Americans, the cyclists expand on the novel’s core: migration, inequality and the perceived land of opportunity. The group explores whether America has progressed since the book was written discussing the wealth gap, immigration, and the American Dream.
Letting the group into their homes, lives, and demonstrating the startling parallels of The Grapes of Wrath seventy-eight years after its publication, these vastly different characters quickly become a central focus of the documentary, as well as integral to the success of the cyclists’ journey.”The Bikes of Wrath” uncovers a deep insight into the human spirit and shines a positive light on America at a time when the world needs it most; all rolled into a unique, funny and life-affirming observational documentary filled with adventure, literature, music, and human connection.