Early Selections coming out soon…

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Stay tuned friends and get your ear balls and eyeholes rebooted. We’ll be announcing early selections for this year’s Cucalorus Film Festival in just a few days!

Early selections have been selected by vincent diesel and vlad putin – international selection selectors. Vin & Vlad were assisted by fifty programmers from all over the world have been sifting through more than 1600 entries from 67 countries, swimming through an incredible array of creative, inspiring, demented, delightful and thought-provoking films. Using a complex matrix of values and considerations, programmers and key staff build lists and lists and more lists, refining selections down to achieve the perfectly balanced mix of funny, fierce and forward. The festival values diversity of geography, race, gender, age, and a host of ephemeral notions in making final decisions – to deliver a challenging, singular, innovative and unexpected schedule of screenings and events.

Early selections include films from the newly launched Kids-a-lorus and revamped Convulsions programs to our VanguardVoices and Shorts programs, representing the finest in regional and international cinema for ages 7 and way way up. Further selections will be announced in late September and early October. The full festival schedule will be released at the Kickstarter/Birthday party on October 17. Tickets will also go on sale on this date!!

Savoring White Pants,
Team Cucalorus

p.s. happy labor day <3′s

Resident Artist Dispatch: Mariah Dunn

Filmmaker Mariah Dunn enjoyed a warm stay in Wilmington, NC as part of the Cucalorus Summer Residency program. Before becoming interested in film, Mariah worked in Manhattan at Fuse TV and The Martha Stewart Show. She eventually found herself in Portland, OR where she fell in love with documentary filmmaking and teaching. Mariah recently earned a MFA from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her films have screened at a variety of festivals throughout the country including, Cucalorus Film Festival, Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival, BolderLife Film Festival, The Loft Film Festival, and more.

Filmmaker Mariah Dunn

Filmmaker Mariah Dunn

Traveling in from Greensboro, Mariah visited many of the Port City’s hot spots (Airlie Gardens, Greenfield Lake, the Historic District, etc.) to enhance her new project. Here’s a preview of Mariah’s work during her stay…

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In-Camera Photograms

In-camera Photograms
Objects, such as spanish moss, sand, or plants, found in each location were collected and inserted into the camera. The objects sit on the film emulsion and create a photogram of sorts while simultaneously capturing the scene being photographed. The result that is exposed on the 35mm film is both a macro and micro image that defines the space. These images will be strung together in a crude stop-motion animation to give the viewer a sense of exploring the location.

Element - "Sand"

Element – “Sand”

Element - "Spanish Moss"

Element – “Spanish Moss”

Element - "River Plant"

Element – “River Plant”

 

About the Residency Program

The Residency provides housing for artists at the festival’s growing creative compound in downtown Wilmington. Artists live at one of the festival’s three residency buildings – the Pink House, Yolohaus, and the Cottage – and are nurtured by the creative team that plots and schemes the annual film festival in downtown Wilmington – one of the best small cities in America for filmmakers. All resident artists are given free housing and administrative support from staff along with access to the microcinema for events.

Special consideration is given to filmmakers whose projects are capitalizing on the unique assets found in Wilmington – ranging from the river to the ocean and including the rich array of humanoids who live here. The Residency is intended to be a catalyst for new work and for discovering new ways of creating. Cucalorus gives people the freedom to take risks!

To learn more about the residency, or to apply for the next session, email programming@cucalorus.org. Or feel free to give us a shout at 910-343-5995.

Cucalorus’ Red Carpet drinks set to debut on Sunday

We’re pleased to introduce some of the fabulous and fizzy craft cocktails that will make their debut Sunday at Cucalorus Film Foundation’s annual fundraiser, “An Evening on the Red Carpet!”

And the cocktails are …

Wolf of Wall Street” – Whether you think Martin Scorsese’s latest flick is a reckless celebration of excess or a scathing critique of Wall Street, this fruity concoction will make you wish you were a financial-sector king. Midnight Moon Original and Galliano merge with mango juice and a blood-orange slice to create this lustful-lip tango.

American Hustle” – This cocktail continues the full-throttle ride that is David O. Russell’s swirling amphetamine high of a movie about chicanery in the late 1970s. Y’all will want to go back for seconds. A sensational mix of Midnight Moon Apple Pie, Italian red vermouth, Marasca cherry (thanks Manna!), an orange wedge, a sugar cube and Murray’s aromatic bitters.

Gravity” – This visually inspiring sci-fi spectacle and its stellar leading lady, Sandy Bullock, inspired one of our favorite combinations. The result is a little sweet and a little sassy. Midnight Moon Original, a pinch of mint, Murray’s aromatic bitters, fresh lime, simple syrup, topped with ginger beer.

Captain Phillips” – Based on a true story of a hijacking by Somali pirates, this jittery thriller may leave you shaken, but our cocktail is here to soothe those frayed nerves. Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine and delicious maple syrup (waffles anyone?!) morph with fresh lemon juice and Murray’s aromatic bitters in a distinctive concoction that’s as comforting as Tom Hanks.

“Nebraska” – Never been to Nebraska? Neither have we, but the sense of place in Alexander Payne’s latest work is unshakable. The story’s melancholy tone and Bruce Dern’s cantankerous portrayal of Woody Grants inspired this bitter, yet sweet, mixture. Midnight Moon Apple Pie, cognac, simple syrup, Murray’s Aromatic Bitters, Peychaud’s Bitters.

Philomena” – Judi Dench, a treasure who shines in this wrenching, but funny drama, inspired one of our most complicated concoctions. To all our classy, bad-ass lady friends: this one’s for you. Midnight Moon Original, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, Italian white vermouth, Murray’s Pom Grenadine, topped with dry sparkling wine.

Our talented mixologists have worked tirelessly to bring you these delightful libations AND three MORE crafty cocktails in honor of the Academy Awards Best Picture nominees “Her,” “12 Years a Slave” and “Dallas Buyers Club,” but we’ve gotta keep those under wraps until Sunday, y’all.

An Evening on the Red Carpet” jumps off at 7:30 p.m. March 2 at Wilmington’s EUE/Screen Gems Studios. If you haven’t already done so, reserve your seat for $100 or get the special lovers discount for couples for $180! Proceeds from the fundraiser support the 20th annual Cucalorus Film Festival, hosted in Wilmington, N.C., Nov. 12-16, 2014.

Until next time – cheers and see you on the red carpet!

-Cucalorus

 

 

Cucalorus’ Oscar Pool and YOU

The 86th annual Academy Awards are less than two weeks away and so is Cucalorus Film Foundation’s annual fundraiser!

That’s right – “An Evening on the Red Carpet” is jumping off at 7:30 p.m. March 2 at Wilmington’s EUE/Screen Gems Studios. We’re ecstatic that a few Cuc-alums (“The Act of Killing,” “Feral“) have earned Oscar nominations, and we’ve mentioned that the event will feature a red-carpet entrance, local cuisine, a silent auction, and craft cocktails – right?

Good.

Now that’s a lot sashaying and shmoozing – which is fabulous and all – but if you’re more into shaming your friends and family with your extensive film knowledge, then the Cucalorus Oscar pool is your ticket to stardom.

If you haven’t brushed up on this year’s nominees, it’s time to start preparing in earnest if you plan on becoming the CHAMPION of our pool, which means you get to take home a quarter of the pool’s CASH and an ALL-ACCESS PASS to the 20th anniversary edition of the Cucalorus Film Festival (going down in Wilmington, N.C. Nov. 12-16, 2014)!

Whew, that’s some prize. I’m a little hot ‘n bothered.

ANY-HOO. Let’s prepare by discussing this year’s nominees for best picture, shall we?

And the nominees are:
American Hustle
Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Indiewire.com’s Peter Knegt’s loved “Her,” but thinks “12 Years a Slave” will be the race’s likely winner, while Melena Ryzik at The New York Times, argued that “Gravity,” with 10 nominations, including best director, is pitted in a three-way tie for best pic against “12 Years a Slave” and David O. Russell’s American Hustle.

“Not since 2001, when “Gladiator,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Traffic” were all nominated, has there been such a highly contested race,” Ryzik states.

(Please tell us which film YOU think deserves to go home with the little gold statuette in the comments section below.)

If y’all haven’t QUITE decided which of these phenomenal films to put your money on – RELAX – there’s more than 20 other award categories to research. We’ll be posting our ballot here in the next few days, but before we do, test your knowledge at Oscar.go.com/nominees.

And, if you haven’t already done so, reserve your “Evening on the Red Carpet” seat for $100 or get the special lovers discount for couples for $180! Proceeds from the fundraiser will support the 20th annual Cucalorus Film Festival, hosted in Wilmington, N.C., Nov. 12-16, 2014.

Until next time – happy movie watching friendlies!

-Cucalorus

Two Cucalorus selections earn Academy Award nominations

2013′s “Evening on the Red Carpet” at EUE/Screen Gems Studios.

Local film lovers and Cucalorus attendees might recognize two Cuc’ 19 festival selections among the nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards during Cucalorus’ annual fundraiser, “An Evening on the Red Carpet,” March 2 at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington.

The Act of Killing,” and “Feral,” which wowed audiences this past fall at Cucalorus 19, have been nominated in the Best Documentary Feature and Animated Short categories, respectively.

In “The Act of Killing,” which chronicles mass murder in Indonesia, director Joshua Oppenheimer challenges unrepentant death squad leaders to dramatize their role in the genocide. The hallucinatory result is a “cinematic fever dream,” and an “unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.”

The film (now streaming on Netflix) has found massive success among critics and audiences and won Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking and Outstanding Achievement in Production at this year’s Cinema Eye Honors, which recognized the finest non-fiction accomplishments of the year. It will go head-to-head in the Oscars race with another Cinema Eye winner, “Cutie and the Boxer,” and other critically acclaimed docs, including The Square.”

In Daniel Sousa’s animated short “Feral,” a wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest. If you missed “Feral” during the Button Bush shorts block at Cucalorus, filmmaker Daniel Sousa has made the 12-minute short available to rent for or buy on Vimeo on Demand.

If you haven’t researched this year’s other Academy Award nominees, now’s the time to head to the theater – that is, if you want to have a chance of competing in the Cucalorus Oscar pool. Stay warm inside Thalian Hall this weekend and catch a special Cinematique presentation of the Oscar nominated short films— Live Action Shorts on Friday night and Animated Shorts on Saturday night.

The festival’s fifth annual “Evening on the Red Carpet” fundraiser – hosted at Wilmington’s EUE/Screen Gems Studios – will gather local film industry talent, city leaders and young and old film buffs for a true celebration of the film industry. The soiree will kick off at 7:30 p.m. as Red Carpet rockers fill Screen Gems Studios, delighting in local cuisine, an innovative selection of crafty cocktails, a curated silent auction and the live Oscars broadcast projected onto multiple GIANT screens.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will support the 20th annual Cucalorus Film Festival, hosted in Wilmington, NC on November 12-16, 2014.

Reserve your seat for $100 or get the special lovers discount for couples at $180! (Click to purchase.)

That’s all for now folks. We’ll see you on the red carpet!

Peace and warm fuzzies,

Cucalorus

 

 

Job Opening: Development Director

MISSION

Cucalorus brings people together to celebrate, discover and create independent films. The annual festival provides a non-competitive environment to showcase and support filmmakers.

THE FOUNDATION

Cucalorus is a multi-disciplinary arts organization supporting emerging and innovative creative professionals through our annual film festival, a residency program, a summer camp for teen filmmakers, a microcinema, and an extensive community outreach program. The annual Cucalorus Film Festival was established in 1994 and has since grown into one of the largest film festivals in the South. More than 200 films screen each year at venues all over downtown Wilmington, attracting a large number of participating artists (300+) and thousands of fans and industry professionals (accumulated attendance in 2013 was 14,784). Festival programs focus on dance, music videos, emerging artists. social justice, works-in-progress,  and international cinema. Cucalorus education and outreach programs include Global Perspectives, Works-in-Progress, Latino Lens, Media Literacy, and Racial Rewind. Cucalorus was “Voted One of MovieMaker Magazine’s Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2013.”

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants should be outgoing, self-motivated and ready to have the time of their lives. Applicants should have relevant experience in the arts and should be prepared to work in an intense, creative, challenging and rewarding environment. Interested applicants must have at least 3 years of non-profit development and fundraising experience. Applicants must have relevant computer and communication skills. Qualified applicants will be selected for an in-person or skype interview with the Executive Director and at least one board member. All candidates must be available to begin work in early March of this year. The position is a full-time, salaried position. Compensation will be based on experience.

 

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

The Development Director (DD) works closely with the Executive Director (ED) to cultivate a diverse income profile for the organization through grants, sponsorships, donations, fundraisers, and ticket sales. The Development Director provides internal and external leadership for the organization by cultivating relationships locally, nationally and internationally with funders, artists, and audiences.  The Development Director provides administrative support to the Executive Director on a daily basis. The Development Director is responsible for managing the foundation’s grant portfolio and will be expected to cultivate relationships with new granting organizations to increase the foundation’s income. The Development Director is responsible for monitoring all grant funds and for fulfilling all grant requirements – including budgets and reports.

The Development Director leads the organization’s annual festival sponsorship campaign. The DD works with the ED and the Board to develop goals and strategies for increasing festival sponsorship and for providing a high level of service to long-term supporters. The DD provides consistent communication to sponsors and supports their attendance and participation in festival events. The DD works closely with special event staff to insure that social events during the festival run smoothly. The DD is the lead organizer for events leading up to the festival, including the Sponsorship Launch party, the Kickstarter party and other fundraising events.

The DD is the primary organizer of the annual Oscar fundraiser “An Evening on the Red Carpet.” The DD coordinates the venue, catering, staffing and planning for the annual event. The DD is responsible for preparing press and marketing materials for the event. The DD manages the guest list and provides timely communication to donors about attendance.

The DD leads Development workgroup meetings and cultivates participation from board members, staff, volunteers and organizational partners. The DD communicates with the Board of Directors on a regular basis. The DD attends board meetings and participates in all main brain meetings.

The DD is responsible for managing the foundation’s various community engagement programs, which include Media Literacy, Global Perspectives, Latino Lens, Racial Rewind, Works-in-Progress, Voices, and Youth Films.

 

COMPENSATION

Compensation will be negotiated based on experience.

APPLICATION

A completed application should be composed in the format of a cover letter, resumé, and at least one letter of recommendation. If you are applying for a position in which you have previously served, no letter of recommendation is required. In the cover letter, please address how past experience relates to the job, as well as answer one of the following questions:

What most excites you about the work of the Cucalorus Film Festival?

How will your work embody the festival’s commitment to supporting artists?

How will your work further deepen Cucalorus’ commitment to community engagement?

 

Submit your application by Tuesday, February 11 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern to:

 

E-mail: jobs@cucalorus.org (strongly preferred)

Electronic submissions should be sent in the form of an email to jobs@cucalorus.org with 3 attachments – resumé, cover letter, and letter of recommendation.  Please also copy the text of the cover letter into the body of your email.

Mail: (cover letter, resumé, and letter of recommendation)

 

Cucalorus Film Foundation

815 Princess Street

Wilmington, NC 28401

 

Questions: Call 910-343-5995 or email jobs@cucalorus.org

Cucalorus Artist Residency – Seeking Applications

Would you like to join our crazy little family? We’ll love you forever, we promise.

Seeking artists, filmmakers, dancers & friends for the launch of the Cucalorus Artist Residency program.

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Photo Credit: Star News Online

Residencies are open to a wide range of creative professionals who embrace a collaborative environment. The first session of 2014 runs from February 13 to May 6, 2014. (There are currently 2 spots open.) Applications for the second session (August through November) will be accepted until May 23. Cucalorus staff will conduct Skype interviews with qualified applicants to discuss project ideas and needs. Space is not currently wheelchair accessible.

Application available for download below!

Cucalorus Residency Application

Please contact our Programming Coordinator, Ash McGuire (programming@cucalorus.org) for more information!

Wilmington’s Cucalorus Film Festival breaks box office records

Dancealorus PHOTO BY Holland Dotts

Dancealorus PHOTO BY Holland Dotts

Attendance at this year’s Cucalorus Film Festival, which wrapped on Sunday in Wilmington, N.C., reached 14,784 – a 26 percent increase over 2012.

The 19th annual festival, presented by PNC, screened 227 films and brought filmmakers together from 12 countries and 61 cities. Cucalorus’ slate of parties and screenings also expanded this year to a total of 115 –  making room for new attendees.

“This is a pivotal time for Cucalorus,” festival Director Dan Brawley said. “I think this festival pushed us into a completely new place, but not too far from the organized chaos that makes Cucalorus special. It seems like we’ve created some lasting value – for filmmakers and for audiences – who appreciate the irreverent and unexpected vibe at Cucalorus.”

Bigfoot (Aaron Tillis), Bobcat Goldthwait and Cucalorus Director Dan Brawley discuss Goldthwait's "Willow Creek." PHOTO BY Ryan Risley

Bigfoot (Aaron Hillis), Director Bobcat Goldthwait and Cucalorus Director Dan Brawley discuss Goldthwait’s “Willow Creek.” PHOTO BY Ryan Risley

A handful of notable guests attended the festival, joined by a growing group of alums, such as Norwood Cheek and Hope Dickson Leach, members of the festival’s emerging Ambassadors’ Council. As she returned to the U.K. on Monday, Leach commented, “Let November roll around again quickly please – you’re doing something amazing and I am blessed to be part of it.”

One of Saturday’s many highlights was an extended conversation at Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts with “Redwood Highway” director Gary Lundgren and star Shirley Knight.

"Bound By Sea" screens at Thalian Hall on Nov. 16. PHOTO BY Holland Dotts

“Bound By Sea” screens at Thalian Hall on Nov. 16. PHOTO BY Holland Dotts

An early morning screening of director Nate Daniel’sBound By Sea,” a touching testimony to Cape Fear area surfing legend Jack Viorel, brought more than 400 local surfers and supporters to Thalian’s main stage.

Bobcat Goldthwait made his first appearance at the festival with his found-footage horror film, “Willow Creek,” which included a hilariously improvised introduction from a film critic Aaron Hillis in a bigfoot costume

The world premier of Rebecca Kenyon’s documentary, “Something You Can Call Home,” sold out on Nov. 15. Kenyon, one of the founding members of Cucalorus’ Artist-in-Residency program, shot the feature-length documentary this past fall in Wilmington. The comedy-themed Atchafalya Shorts block also sold out Thalian’s black theater on Saturday night. Toronto-based filmmaker Ingrid Veningers “The Animal Project,” a charming ensemble comedy, also held its U.S. premiere on Nov. 15 at City Stage Theater.

 The festival’s Works-in-Progress program expanded to include 13 films and an extended selection of events organized through a multi-agency collaboration between Cucalorus, the Southern Documentary Fund, Working Films and Alternate ROOTS. A standing-room only screening of footage from the documentary “Freedom Fighters” was followed by a discussion with two formerly-incarcerated detectives whose private-investigator business is the subject of the ongoing project from filmmaker and Stanford professor Jamie Meltzer.

Cucalorus' held its Opening Night Party at Bellamy Mansion Museum on Nov. 13. PHOTO BY Saben Kane.

Cucalorus’ held its Opening Night Party at Bellamy Mansion Museum on Nov. 13. PHOTO BY Saben Kane.

The N.C. film industry had its moment, too, during a 90-minute panel discussion with film-community leaders that was centered on the state’s tax-incentive program. The panel is available to view on Variety magazine’s website.

The festival’s schedule featured an expanded offering of parties, starting with the opening night event at Wilmington’s top address – the Bellamy Mansion Museum. A handful of local businesses also stepped in and held parties for select films from the schedule, including a dance party at the swank new headquarters for downtown ad agency, Blueberry Creative.

The 20th annual Cucalorus Film Festival will be held from Nov. 12-16, 2014. The organization’s upcoming Oscar Party will take place Sunday, March 2, 2014. For further details on festival events, visit www.cucalorus.org.

Cucalorus’ Bus to Lumberton to screen Lynch’s ‘Meditation’ film

Cucalorus artist-in-residence Joel Fernando at the Bus to Lumberton, 108 Market St.

Cucalorus artist-in-residence Joel Fernando at the Bus to Lumberton, 108 Market St.

THIS IS IT. Open your third eye and let your fate be sealed by Frank Booth’s cousin’s brother in this experiential walkthrough installation inspired by the locally filmed “Blue Velvet.

Wilmington native Joel Fernando is curating the 19th annual Cucalorus Film Festival’s “Blue Velvet” Tour – an experience dubbed the “Bus to Lumberton” – as an all-day FREE multimedia experience.

The experiment goes down from noon to midnight on Saturday at 108 Market St.

When visitors stop by the building – disguised as a shop – they’ll discover a few “Blue Velvet” secrets. As they explore the installation, which will include a spiritual medium, a peep show and, starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, an upstairs speakeasy, surveillance cameras will capture their experience.

Fernando revealed a few details about the piece during a peek inside the building earlier this week.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen – I’m not sure what the footage will look like at the end – but that’s really what’s interesting about it for me. You don’t know how it’s going to turn out,” the long-time Cucalorus volunteer and artist said. “The whole basis is a social and psychological experiment with heavy documentation.”

The experience also will include tapas, two “test subjects” (you may be able to feed one of them sausages for a small fee) AND a screening of David Lynch’s Meditation, Creativity, Peace” at about 2 p.m. Fernando also will raffle off tickets for free spiritual readings.

Read more about the Bus to Lumberton in Encore Magazine, here, and the StarNews here.

 

 

Welcome to Cucalorus 19

Cucalorus in action!welcome to cucalorus.
is it a film festival? well, not really
it’s a gathering, a congregation of creatives
an ensemble of artmakers
energy sources, swamp surfers
rolling down the cape fear river

absent elevating prizes
that leave others down
we come together to share
the stories of our living and dying and all the struggling in between
tubes with two ends, superlubers and money hungry mobsters timesliding across the multiverse

an animal project full of moviemakers
a chorus of darkness
worshipping pixels
lumen lounging on sunstays
rabbling through blue ruins
fighting for the right to be lovers and mothers
or not

pixel discord
transcendant decay
strangers, survivors,
a destination for bouncing back
or is it blowback?
let the fire burn
(un)documented
and before you know it
little fish swim
to the cocktail deck
for gender free time
where war is a fable
told by old men in white suits

to those who support us
and to those who are against us
we are here
we welcome you to our annual gathering
peel back your mind, scavenge your soul, embrace

what are you looking at over there?
come over here
celebrate
grab the person next to you
hold on tight.
this is the future.

Wiith love,

team cucalorus