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The Film Pass gives you access to all screenings and events associated with Cucalorus Film, including all screenings at venues like Thalian Hall, Jengo’s Playhouse, CFCC Union Station, and more. Extra benefits include access to the Filmmakers Lounge, Dance-a-lorus, Visual/Sound/Walls, the Wellness Lounge, Jengo’s Backyard, the Oyster Party, and all social spaces. Valid November 8-12, 2017.

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20 Weeks

During a routine scan, a young couple navigating their first pregnancy discover a health condition that could gravely impact their baby, forcing them to re-examine their relationship and their future....

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A Bad Idea Gone Wrong

A comedy about two would-be thieves who accidentally arm the alarm system and have to break out of the house they just broke into. When they discover an unexpected housesitter,...

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ACORN and the Firestorm

A hidden-camera video involving a fake prostitute threatens to destroy ACORN, America's largest grassroots anti-poverty organization.

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Anti-Porno

Japanese punk auteur Sion Sono returns to Convulsions (TAG, Cuc '15) with a subversively feminist ode to Nikkatsu's "Roman Porno" movies, the major studio's softcore sensations of the 1970s. A...

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Assholes

Adah and Aaron are recovering addicts who are struggling to stay sober. After meeting in their psychoanalyst’s waiting room, they fall in love, relapse on poppers, and become the biggest...

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Automatic at Sea

On a whim, Eve (young Swedish traveler) accepts an invitation from Peter (wealthy heir) to vacation on his family’s private island off the coast of New England. As a series...

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Baby Baby Shorts: Cinekink

Cake // Anne Hu :: Eliza tries to explore her sexuality within her marriage with her husband Thomas by surprise ordering a female sex robot for them to share.  But the sexbot...

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Barn Door Shorts: Southern Stories

August // Caitlyn Greene :: Deep in Louisiana's swampland, a woman wakes from a fever dream where it has been August for 16 years. Crick in the Holler // Ursula Ellis :: During West...

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Beefy Baby Shorts: Canadian

Lolz-ita // Katie Boland :: A naive but internet savvy 22 year old navigates the reality of her boring, small town Canadian life juxtaposed with the fantasy of her provocative and powerful...

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Bernard and Huey

Unlikely old friends, Huey arrives on Bernard’s doorstep after 25 years apart. Bernard falls for Huey’s estranged daughter Zelda. Meanwhile, Huey tries to seduce various women in Bernard’s life. At...

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Bernard and Huey (repeat)

Unlikely old friends, Huey arrives on Bernard’s doorstep after 25 years apart. Bernard falls for Huey’s estranged daughter Zelda. Meanwhile, Huey tries to seduce various women in Bernard’s life. At...

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Blackwrap Shorts: Multiple Surrealities

Emmy // Hannah Cheesman :: An iPhone-obsessed gym rat is momentarily released from her monotonous existence after a Robaxacet overdose calls into question her front of normalcy, inviting her to connect with...

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Blame

Chris Messina stars as a substitute drama teacher whose taboo relationship with an unstable student strikes a nerve in her jealous classmate, sparking a vengeful chain of events within their...

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Cabbage Head Shorts: Animation

Meeting MacGuffin // Catya Plate ::  Meeting MacGuffin is the sequel to the multi-award-winning animated stop-motion film "Hanging By A Thread" (2013), the second in a trilogy of animated short...

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China Ball Shorts: Global Perspectives

Stopgap in Stop Motion // Stephen Featherstone :: Photographs of performers in an inclusive dance company come to life. The individual artists dance out of the photos and across table tops until the...

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Covered Wagon Shorts: Drama

Mrs. Drake //  Caitlin FitzGerald :: It takes courage and strength to raise a child but it's constant doubt that consumes a parent. “Mrs. Drake” will touch a nerve with anyone...

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Dayveon

In the wake of his older brother's death, 13-year-old Dayveon spends the sweltering summer days roaming his rural Arkansas town. When he falls in with a local gang, he becomes...

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Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks

After husband and wife aid workers, Dr. Brinks and Dr. Brinks, die in a plane crash, their grown children are reunited for the first time in years. It takes days...

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Edison Shorts: Portraits

Still Sophie // Caroline Knight :: Four and a half years ago, young talent Sophia Salveson’s life changed forever. Doctors said she may never walk again, may never talk again...may never perform again....

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Everything Beautiful is Far Away

A guy, a girl, and a robothead hike across a desert planet in search of a mythical lake.   Short Before the Feature: Eve // Brittany "B.Monét" Fennell :: What happens when the...

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Ginger Nation

Redheads are hot. Television series such as Riverdale and CBC’s Anne are filling our screens with images of ginger glory. But gay Toronto comic Shawn Hitchins has made flame-haired world...

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Holding Space (work-in-progress)

Holding Space is an intimate feature documentary about approaching death with honesty and authenticity, explored through an emerging role: the end of life doula.  Their role mirrors that of a...

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Infinity Baby

A man works for a company called Infinity Baby, which is tasked with farming out 3-month-old babies who don't age.   Short Before the Feature: Lovewatch // Harrison Atkins :: The world of video...

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Jobe’z World (work-in-progress)

Jobe, a mysterious middle-aged rollerblader, gets blamed for the drug overdose of a super famous A-list actor. Afraid and confused, he spends one bizarre evening skating across the streets of...

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Joker Bug Shorts: Laughs

Mixtape Marauders // Peter Edlund :: Mixtape Marauders follows two young burnouts, Patrick and Cheech, into a world of mindless day jobs, petty drug deals and wildly unconventional musical tastes. Kitty and...

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Knife Skills

What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison? What if most have never cooked...

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Laura Gets a Cat

Laura, an unemployed writer in New York City, tries to juggle an unexciting boyfriend, an affair with a performance artist, and a vivid imaginary life.   Short Before the Feature: Dans...

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Let The Corpses Tan

A deliriously hypnotic, ultra-violent pastiche of retro Euro-crime thrillers, spaghetti westerns and giallo horror, this mind-blowingly stylized shoot-em-up from Belgian filmmaking team Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani shadows the kinky...

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Liberation Day

Under the loving but firm guidance of an old fan turned director and cultural diplomat, and to the surprise of a whole world, the ex-Yugoslavian cult band Laibach becomes the...

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Martini Shorts: Excellent

We The Creators: Matty P // Babacar Ndiaye :: “We The Creators” is a documentary series that examines the inner thoughts and processes of a select group of artists. Hold On // Christine...

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Meat Axe Shorts: Convulsions

Great Choice // Robin Comisar :: A woman gets stuck in a Red Lobster commercial... and kids get shrimp, too! Creswick // Natalie Erika James :: Sam's fear of her childhood home is brought to light...

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Mickey Moles Shorts: Love & Romance

Pet Friendly // Catherine Licata :: When a couple's cat goes missing on a cross-country move, their relationship is tested. Pilgrims // Jonathan Guggenheim :: Adapted from the novel by Brad Land (Goat) and...

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Midnighters

Midnight, New Year's Eve: when all the hopes of new beginnings come to life - except for Lindsey and Jeff Pittman, whose strained marriage faces the ultimate test after they...

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Mombo Combo Shorts: Dance

The Carefree Prophet // Stephone Levar Brown & Preston Andrew Patterson :: The Carefree Prophet is a film about what it is to be perceived as carefree in a world where the...

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Moss

In this Southern Gothic coming-of-age tale, an isolated and troubled young man, Moss, meets a mysterious and beautiful hiker on the banks of the river near his home on his...

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Motherland

Motherland takes us into the heart of the planet’s busiest maternity hospital in one of the world’s poorest and most populous countries: the Philippines. The film’s viewer, like an unseen...

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Mr. Roosevelt

After a death in her family, struggling LA-based comedian Emily Martin returns to Austin. There she finds herself in the awkward position of staying with her ex and his new...

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Ordinary Days

A a suspenseful mystery/drama, shot from multiple perspectives, that harkens back to the anxieties of a parent’s experience in losing their daughter, both figuratively as she pursues college and literally...

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Pancake Box Shorts: Spoons n’ Sports

All Skate, Everybody Skate // Nicole Triche :: a portrait of a woman in her late seventies who has known hard times and met them with head-on with grit and an extraordinary work ethic...

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Pig’s Nose Shorts: Membranes

Clammerhead // Natalie Taylor :: Clammerhead and other North Carolina fishermen like him combat cheap shellfish imports from other states and an unpredictable demand, which keep the prices for oysters and clams...

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Porcupine Lake

Porcupine Lake is a story of bravery and the secret life of girls set in Northern Ontario during a hot and hazy summertime when adulthood has not yet arrived, but...

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Princess Cyd

Eager to escape life with her depressive single father, 16-year-old athlete Cyd Loughlin visits her novelist aunt in Chicago over the summer. While there, she falls for a girl in...

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Purple Dreams

Black youth stereotypes are turned upside down as we follow six at-risk students during a three-year journey while they embrace their arts education to overcome obstacles.

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Quest

A non-romantic true love story between a humble teacher who believes there is no such thing as a bad kid, only a bad situation, and an abused 12 year old...

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Rebels On Pointe

Rebels on Pointe is the first-ever, cinema verite documentary film celebrating Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo --  the all male, drag ballet company founded over 40 years ago on...

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Secret Screening

What will our annual Secret Screening be? Your only hint: "Impressive, expressive and transgressive, this profane hurricane will entertain your brain!" (adults only. Director Q&A to follow)

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She’s Got a Plan

She’s Got a Plan  is a dramatic comedy about Isis Angelo, an aspiring writer-director, who struggles to make her mark in Hollywood while trying to stay honest to the bigger...

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Signature Move

A new romance with Alma forces Zaynab to confront her relationship with her recently widowed mother who escapes to TV dramas and finding her daughter a husband. In this coming-of-age...

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Sky Panel Shorts: Documents and Debts

Swipe // Chance Saller :: "Addiction is only a transaction away" SWIPE attempts to show how the convenience of a credit card can lead to a larger problem. This movie will show...

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Spectrum Shorts: Queer

Imago // Liz Cardenas Franke :: The courageous, life-altering decision to never let anyone bully him again – not even his own father – leads a 15-year-old gay teen to embrace...

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Sun Dogs

Intellectually limited from an accident at birth, Ned Chipley has failed time and time again at achieving his dream of 'saving lives'. After a fourth thwarted attempt to join the...

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The Definites

A woman leaves her husband-to-be and instead weds her own wild desire when she flies away to a libidinous, party-filled weekend at Art Basel in Miami.   Short Before the...

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The Endless

Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group's beliefs may be more sane than they once thought.   Short Before the Feature: Chip...

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The Light of The Moon

After her world is irrevocably changed, a successful New York City architect struggles to regain intimacy and control in her life.   Short Before the Feature: Jawbreaker // JT Fritsch :: A...

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The Misogynists

A satirical dark comedy about two Trump supporters celebrating in a hotel room on election night.   Short Before the Feature: DIE BRÜCKE ÜBER DEN FLUSS// Jadwiga Kowalska :: A man on a bridge,...

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The Power of Glove

"The Power of Glove" is a documentary chronicling the history & legacy of the notoriously "bad" Nintendo Power Glove, the first mass-marketed gesture-based video game controller.  Released by Mattel in...

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The Price

A young Nigerian-American financier struggles with love, family, and a prescription drug dependency as his ambitions steer him down a criminal path.

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The Road Movie

Buckle up for Opening Night of Cucalorus (and "Convulsions") with Dmitrii Kalashnikov's jaw-dropping documentary, which will run you over with absurdist wonders, shocking comedy, and creeping existential dread. Curated entirely...

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The Strange Ones

Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon...

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The Work

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, three men from the outside participate in a four-day group-therapy retreat with a group of incarcerated men for a real look at...

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This Taco Truck Kills Fascists (work-in-progress)

New Orleans-based performance activist Jose Torres-Tama has a dream: to create a revolutionary Taco Truck Theatre with a simple message: “No guacamole for immigrant haters”. Inspired by Woody Guthrie’s motto: this machine...

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Torrey Pines

A stop-motion animated, queer punk coming-of-age tale. Raised by a schizophrenic single mother, Petersen's life story unfolds in a series of baffling and hallucinated events. With a mother fueled by...

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Tragedy Girls

Destined to become a cult favorite like HEATHERS or SCREAM, Tyler Macintyre's giddy, gory, wickedly clever horror-comedy for the Internet Age proves that "you can't make an omelet without killing...

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True Conviction

There’s a new detective agency in Dallas, Texas, started by a group of exonerated men, with decades in prison served between them. They are looking to free innocent people still...

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Tweenie Shorts: Youth

Do the Scrub // Brad Lambert :: After a dirty day of play, the best way to get clean is to do the scrub!  Animated music video featuring vocals by members of...

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Unapologetic (work-in-progress)

UNAPOLOGETIC captures a community of young Black women organizers confronting a Chicago administration complicit in state violence against its Black residents, with a focal point on campaigns to oust the...

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Urban Vapor Shorts: Say What?

Let Go, Mother // Kelley Van Dilla :: While driving to an unknown destination, a son finally confronts his mother. Nothing a Little Soap and Water Can't Fix // Jennifer Proctor :: In films,...

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What Lies Upstream

In this detective story, filmmaker Cullen Hoback investigates the largest chemical drinking water contamination in a generation. But something is rotten in state and federal regulatory agencies, and through years...

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Working In Protest

Made over 30 years, but all too timely, this immersive film covers the recent history of protest and activism in America. Told from the perspective of an observer rather than...

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You Only Live Once (work-in-progress)

While mass shootings and police-involved deaths in the US. make international news headlines, the epidemic levels of gun violence that kill thousands of Black and Latino people every year rarely...

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