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Wilmington, U.S.A. – Cucalorus Film Festival released its official schedule of films this week from the headquarters at Jengo’s Playhouse in downtown Wilmington. Tickets went on sale to the public early Friday morning. The festival screens over 190 films from 15 different countries with programs focusing on dance, social justice, emerging filmmakers, music videos and North Carolina artists.
Cucalorus director Dan Brawley commented, “We’re really embracing the other art forms that have been built into the festival – our dance program is taking a big leap forward and our music video program has nearly tripled.”
‘A Royal Affair’ (a period drama set in 1760′s Denmark) and ‘Casting By’ (a documentary about legendary casting agent Marion Dougherty) headline the festival’s crowd-pleasing Magnolia program. Michael Mohan (whose short Ex-Sex played the festival last year) returns to Cucalorus with his edgy romantic comedy ‘Save the Date’. Jared Moshe’s indie western ‘Dead Man’s Burden’ features a standout performance from Barlow Jacobs as an estranged son who returns home to deal with the family estate after his father’s mysterious death.
Josh Koury’s heartwarming and hilarious documentary ‘Journey to Planet X’ follows two amateur sci-fi filmmakers as they struggle to step up their game and produce their next film. NC School of the Arts Graduate Nate Meyer’s feature ‘See Girl Run’, starring Robin Tunney and Adam Scott, tells the story of a woman who questions her marriage and seeks out her high school sweetheart to reignite her life.
The festival’s opening night event, Dance-a-lorus, will bring dancers and filmmakers together for a live-stage event. Durham-based filmmaker Jim Haverkamp will be the focus of this year’s North Carolina Retrospective, which includes a weeklong project called the Strange Beauty Challenge, a hands-on film making project where fifteen teams (spots are still available!) make an experimental short film in less than a week.
Visual Soundwalls, shorts blocks named after imaginary monsters, and too many moonshine moments to remember all find their way onto the jam packed Cucalorus schedule. The full schedule with links to purchase tickets can be found at www.cucalorus.org.
The Cucalorus Film Festival is sponsored in part by PNC Bank.