Cucalorus Film Festival, November 13-17, 2019
A film for everyone

The 25th annual Cucalorus Festival takes place November 13-17, 2019 in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. The non-competitive festival showcases more than 150 films from all over the world and attracts an accumulated audience of 19,000 cultural travelers who come to celebrate the art-form and connect with peers. The festival’s spirited celebration has been recognized as a breeding ground for young artists, new ideas and future collaborations.

Festival programs focus on dance, music videos, emerging artists, social justice, works-in-progress, and international cinema. Voted “One of the Coolest Film Festivals in the World” (MovieMaker Magazine 2013, 2014, 2015), and “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” (MovieMaker Magazine 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), Cucalorus creates an opportunity for intimate engagement between audience and artist through the festival’s retreat-like atmosphere, resulting in friendships that extend far beyond the festival’s 5-day celebration.

Film Pass: $200

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2019 Film Selections

17 Blocks

Davy Rothbart
Documentary Features
In 1999, nine-year-old Emmanuel Durant and his family began filming their daily lives in America’s most dangerous neighborhood — just 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol. They've been filming ever...

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A Great Lamp

Saad Qureshi
Narrative Features
Set in a small riverside town in North Carolina, two sad vandals and an unemployed loner form an unlikely friendship as they await a fabled rocket launch. This experimental narrative...

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A Line Birds Cannot See

Amy Bench
Shorts
Separated from her mother by smugglers at the border, a determined 12-year-old sets out across a desert with only a plastic sack for protection from the cold, survives starvation on...

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A Normal Girl

Aubree Bernier-Clarke
Shorts
1.5% of people are born with anatomy that doesn't fit typical definitions of female or male. It is common practice for doctors to perform genital surgeries on intersex infants--often with...

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A Period Piece

Sylvia Ray
Shorts
Cheered on by her best friend, a teen confronts her greatest fear - tampons.

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Always in Season

Jacqueline Olive
Documentary Features
Always in Season explores the lingering impact of more than a century of lynching African Americans and connects this form of historic racial terrorism to racial violence today. When 17-year-old...

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At Midnight

Shorts
A wedding becomes suspenseful when it's revealed that certain guests may have criminal intentions.

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Beyond this moment

Alyona Amato, Erika Edwards
Shorts
Mother of 2 kids putting them to sleep and going to bed as well. She had a dream of her dancing and making art with her body. She woke up...

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Black Magic for White Boys

Onur Tukel
Narrative Features
An aging magician is about to lose his small New York theater, but has a devilish plan to save it. A middle-aged man finds his sovereignty in jeopardy when he...

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Blink

Nathan Kim
Shorts
A woman blindly grasps for her way on a journey through darkness.  Filmed in one continuous shot, BLINK uses the language of dance to ponder the most universal of voyages....

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Cherry

Stacey Davis
Shorts
With her father dying of cancer, Helen has high hopes for the family’s last Easter together.

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Cygnus

Cara Hagan, Robert Uehlin
Shorts
A short screendance filmed on location on Battle Lake, MN. Cygnus invites us to revel in the beauty of the sunrise over calm waters as the moon slips behind the...

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De Lo Mio

Diana Peralta
Narrative Features
Two “ride or die” sisters raised in NYC reunite with their estranged brother in the Dominican Republic to clean out their late father’s childhood home. The siblings laugh, brawl, and...

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Five Minutes

Sandra Dickson, Peter Gilbert, Chris Zaluski
Shorts
Baptiste Touissant’s dreams of opening a Cajun restaurant ended when a suicide bomber detonated only feet from him in Afghanistan. Baptiste, terrified of surviving his devastating injuries, begged his buddy...

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Frances Ferguson

Bob Byington
Narrative Features
Frances Ferguson, the eponymously named character at the center of Bob Byington’s new film, is discontent. Like a lot of us, she does a bit of “acting out” and pays...

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How Does It Start

Amber Sealey
Shorts
It’s 1983 and 12-year-old Rain wants sex, the only problem is she has no idea what that means. With her self-absorbed parents distracted by their recent divorce, Rain is left...

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In Dog Years

Sophy Romvari
Shorts
Old dogs are celebrated in 10 short stories about love, loss and letting go. Raises questions about grief and awareness of mortality.

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Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway

Miguel Llansó
Narrative Features :: Convulsions
Special Agent DT Gagano dreams of leaving the CIA to open a business with his wife Malin. The night he’s about to present his resignation letter a strange cyber virus...

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K.I.N.G.

Rashad Frett
Shorts
A troubled teen ventures into an unfamiliar city seeking a bond with his estranged father.

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Knives and Skin

Jennifer Reeder
Narrative Features
The disappearance of a young girl in rural Illinois forces a group of teenagers and their parents to confront their fears and failures.

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Koko-Di Koko-Da

Johannes Nyholm
Narrative Features :: Convulsions
As a couple goes on a trip to find their way back to each other, a sideshow artist and his shady entourage emerge from the woods, terrorizing them, luring them...

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Lady Hater

Alexandra Barreto
Shorts
Sam, a self proclaimed “Guy’s Girl,” walks into the wrong room, and finds herself stuck in an all-female, goddess seminar. When she tries to leave and is called out as...

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Let’s go to Antarctica!

Gonzaga Manso
Shorts
Carlos is a human being who at this very moment is on a holiday in Antarctica. The penguins, who do not have cameras, will forget all about Carlos.

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Limerence

Charlene fisk
Shorts
When 10-year-old Park works up the nerve to give the girl across the street a love note, she faces the judgement of those closest to her. Will Park remain true...

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Mom’s Clothes

Jordan Wong
Shorts
"I did the thing I was told to do, but it wasn’t what I wanted. I'm pretty strong but if you bully me enough, it'll wear me down."  A nonfiction...

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Other Black Boys

Nyles Washington
Shorts
A queer, black college student is forced to confront the masks he wears from day to day when an old friend comes to visit.

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Pep Talk

Rachel Wolther
Shorts
Coach O'Neill peps herself up before her big pep talk.

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Piggy

Carlota Martínez Pereda
Shorts
Sara is an overweight teen that lives in the shadow of a clique of cool girls holidaying in her village. Not even her childhood friend, Claudia, defends her  when she's...

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Pozole

Jessica Mendez Siqueiros
Shorts
Maia (AKA 'La Gringa') is a mixed-raced Latina woman who grew up on the white side of life. When she returns to reconnect with her Mexican roots on her grandma's...

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Push the Point

Bryan Burton
Shorts
A musical short film set between the worlds of fandom and pop culture, PUSH THE POINT follows four online gamers through their squad-based mission. Harder than defeating the red team,...

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Revel In Your Body

Katherine Helen Fisher
Shorts
REVEL IN YOUR BODY originated as a creative concept when dancers Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson shared online a slow-motion iPhone video of them jumping on a trampoline while strapped...

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Sick, Sick, Sick

Alice Furtado
Narrative Features :: Convulsions
Silvia and Artur’s teenage-romance starts abruptly and ends up all of a sudden after a serious accident. Silvia gets sick and her days turn into dark. Her mourning becomes an...

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Sweet Sweet Kink: A Collection of BDSM Stories

Maggie M. Bailey
Shorts
Sweet Sweet Kink takes a sweet, sweet peek into the kinky world of bondage, dominance, and sadomasochism through four different stories of intimate connection, consensual exploration, and deep self-reflection.

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The Biologist

Robert Cummins
Shorts
A young biologist makes a discovery that will change the world. He must face the consequences as his discovery has harmful ramifications in the future. 

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The Minors

Robert Machoian
Shorts
A slice of life film about a Grandpa and his grandsons, the future and the past. Oh, and they started a band!

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The MisEducation of Bindu

Prarthana Mohan
Narrative Features
When a bullied Indian teen forges her mother’s signature to test out of school, she discovers she must pay a test fee by 7th period, leaving her no choice but...

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The Mozart of Fly Casting

Kenneth Price
Shorts
Maxine McCormick began fly casting when she was 9 years old. At 15, she is the reigning world champion of the sport.

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The Phantom 52

Geoff Marslett
Shorts
Tom Skerritt stars in this animated short film about a lonely trucker waiting for a reply on the CB radio...a ghost that haunts the lonely highways...and a whale that sings...

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The Real Thing

Julianna Villarosa
Shorts
Using physical media (16mm, VHS) destroyed by Coca-Cola, “The Real Thing” contrasts the famous ad “I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke” with The Coca-Cola Company’s most recent scandal:...

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The Shadow of your Absence

Rodrigo Dorfman
Shorts
For the last ten years, filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman has been making video messages for Latino immigrants in North Carolina. This is one of them: a rodeo, and a story of...

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The Vision of Ulysses Davis

Alexia Oldini, Steven Gray
Shorts
Ulysses Davis constructed an idiom distinctly his own and his extraordinary body of work speaks vividly to the nature of his experience as an African-American artist and barber in the...

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The World or Nothing

Ingrid Veninger
Documentary Features
The World or Nothing (El Mundo o Nada) is the first non-fiction feature film by award-winning Slovak-Canadian filmmaker, Ingrid Veninger. A portrait of 29-year-old Cuban twin brothers, Rubert and Rubildo,...

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Things That Happen in the Bathroom

Edward Hancox
Shorts
In the intimate sanctuary of the bathroom, a lonely young queer yearns for love, and learns how to survive heartbreak. For Jak (John Calvin Pierce), the bathroom is a refuge,...

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