Dan Brawley, chief instigating officer
Danny boy was born in Wilmington and watches too many movies. He attended New Hanover High School, and graduated cum laude from Duke University, where he was an Academic All-American on the varsity golf team. He has been involved with Cucalorus Film Festival for the past 18 years. Cucalorus has been recognized for three years in a row as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine. Dan is also the founder of a growing arts development district in historic downtown Wilmington that is home to an emerging residency program supported in part by a thriving AirBnB following.When he’s not doing your laundry, Dan performs as Saint 43 from the First National Church of the Exquisite Panic. Brawley is President of the Film Festival Alliance, an independent non-profit organization that develops and fosters collaboration among mission-driven film festivals around the world. He wanders around the world for about 4 months each year – mostly going to film festivals and conferences about social justice and culture. Dan has a dog named Izzie. They walk a lot.
rachel taylor, programming manager
blair middleton, development director
With a background in environmental science and massage therapy, Blair spends her days with her feet rooted in data and her hands crafting love bombs. She geeks out about human anatomy, costume parties, and lately, rock climbing. Blair believes every movie is better with snacks.
becca ederer, communications manager
Becca, a UNCW film studies graduate, is working her second year with Cucalorus. She loves all types of movies from Film Noir to Bollywood, and can often be found exploring the outdoors. After jumping out of several planes in South America, she hopes to one day have her skydiving license. Strike up a conversation and she’ll never stop talking, because she is your biggest fan!
izzie, cucalorus mascot
Recently relocated from a no-kill animal resort on the outskirts of Conway, South Carolina, Izzie is a Mini-Pin and Spaniel mix with a few unknown ancestral lines. Izzie works diligently to maintain staff morale by licking hands, faces, and other places. You can find her chewing sticks, practicing her stunt dog tricks, and looking out the window.