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Kai Lightner Featured in “14.c” at 5Point Film Festival
“It is rare, but every once in a while we come across the right story, filmmaker and partner and we get to help the story get told,” says Sarah Wood, Executive Director of 5Point Film. “5Point doesn’t produce films, we curate them. We support emerging filmmakers through our network, and through opportunities like this one. George Knowles did a great job capturing the essence of Connie and Kai in this piece. For a rising star like Kai, he and his mom are nothing but the most humble, committed, and respectful people. 5Point resonates with those qualities, part of our 5 Guiding Principles and we loved the fact that Kai is climbing for Kai…not his peers, not his idols, he is doing it his way and in the style he loves.”
“14.c” came from a good story that just had to be captured on film.
“I liked the idea, and after hearing the proposal, Evolv was in,” says Brian Chung, Evolv Sports’ President. “The film and authentic story can be such a powerful pair. The potential in Kai as a climber, and the potential for this story to elevate and inspire all climbers, goes way beyond this film. We are thrilled to be a partner this year and to have gotten the chance to tell Kai’s story…this is just the beginning for Kai…we look forward to seeing him grow.”
Evolv Sports was founded in Southern California in 2003. In a short time, Evolv Sports has become a leading force in the climbing footwear market, producing some of the best performing and selling climbing footwear available. Evolv distributes worldwide from its warehouse in Buena Park, CA and maintains manufacturing facilities in the US and Asia.
In addition to climbing footwear, Evolv also markets climbing accessories and high friction rubber for outsoles under the TRAX® USA label. Evolv sponsors some of the most prolific and talented climbers in the sport and produces signature shoes developed by climbing icons Chris Sharma, Peter Croft and Steph Davis.
About 5 Point Film
Established in 2008, 5Point Film is on a mission to inspire adventure of all kinds, to connect generations through shared experience, to engage passion with a conscience, and to educate through film. Creating various events, including an annual four-day film festival in Carbondale, CO and several events across the country, 5Point Film continues to deliver a unique film experience by drawing in passionate athletes, artists, filmmakers, stories, and the community around short documentary films. 5Point also hosts various film events in the Roaring Fork Valley and organizes the Dream Project, a student scholarship program for high school students. Visit www.5pointfilm.org for more information.