dan brawley, chief instigating officer
Dan Brawley is the Chief Instigating Officer of the Cucalorus Festival, an international celebration of filmmaking, performance and technology in Wilmington, North Carolina founded in 1994 by Twinkle Doon. Cucalorus screens more than 300 films with a range of multi-disciplinary programs focusing on dance, social justice, cocktails, entrepreneurship, and performance. Cucalorus was one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2015” according to MovieMaker Magazine. 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. Brawley was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, 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 is also active as a performing artist, real estate developer and community organizer.
rachel taylor, programming director
Rachel oversees programming for all Cucalorus events including the annual festival, residency program, technology conference, community cinema, outdoor film series, and the extensive regional education program. Her nonprofit management career has centered primarily in arts organizations, starting off in Boston in arts administration at Huntington Theatre, Handel and Haydn Society, and Company One. Rachel received her Bachelor of Science in theatre from Skidmore College and her Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina. Rachel is a 500-hr registered yoga instructor and currently teaches at Longwave Yoga.
kim klein, development director
Kim comes to us from The Better Angels Society in Western Massachusetts. As the Founding Executive Director, Kim set up this incredible non-profit to support documentary film (and the education surrounding each film), and the filmmakers that do the hard work. With degrees in Fine Art and Communications from The University of South Florida, Kim brings to Cucalorus wide-ranging experience, from the design of materials used to raise those much-needed funds to grant-writing and working with individuals to find their sweet-spot in giving. When not working, which is not often, you can find Kim hiking, on her paddleboard or a yoga mat, and working her creative magic on everything from furniture to jewelry design.
lauren krakauskas, communications director
A true product of humanities academia, Lauren is determined to never put her international politics degree to use. She’s done things. Some were business. Some were fun. The best were both. In her free time, you can find her spiraling into the realm of bootleg Stalin documentaries on YouTube, wallowing in Cambodian flea markets, and lucid dreaming of a brave new estrogen-fueled world with her dog, NelsonDanzigMandela. Talk to her. She’ll talk back. That’s her job.
izzie, cucalorus mascot
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.
Cucalorus Training Institute
The Cucalorus Training Institute is a seasonal staffing program providing on-the-job skill building for creative professionals from a wide range of fields and industries. These seasonal staff members work as independent contractors providing the critical services that make it possible to host one of the largest and most innovative festivals in the country. Filling key positions in every department, the program provides short-term, paid work for as many as 35 people each year.