Upcoming Events

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Public Film Screening // July 25-26th // 9:00pm-10:30pm














Nebbishy filmmaker Joanna Arnow documents her yearlong relationship with racially charged poet provocateur James Kepple. What starts out as an uncomfortably intimate portrait of a dysfunctional relationship and protracted mid-twenties adolescence, quickly turns into a complex commentary on societal repression, sexuality and self-confrontation through art. Filmmaker Q&A following screening. Mature audiences please. $8 Adults // $5 Students // Purchase Tickets online or with cash at the door


Arnow's intimate and unvarnished gaze upon herself, her sex life and the state of modern dating in Brooklyn calls to mind Lena Dunham's work. Both women are "brave" in their willingness to expose themselves and any flaws or mistakes or foibles they might have. But while Dunham presents a thinly veiled representation of her life in "Girls”...Arnow sheds any trappings of fiction, presenting herself, her filmmaking, her relationships and her sex life in an at times shockingly frank manner. It's refreshing to see a filmmaker embrace this honesty with such gusto.
– Katie Walsh, Indiewire

"Excruciating and extraordinary. A sort of kaleidoscopic parade of poor decisions... I don’ t know if I could have watched to the end if it weren’t all so delicately observed and brilliantly constructed – but I found it utterly gripping, with a few scenes that will long stay burned into my memory.
– Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha)

A problematically compelling IED thrown into current conversations about female representation."
– Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine




About Jengo's Playhouse

Jengo's Playhouse is a pastel painted micro-cinema and central headquarters for the Cucalorus Film Festival. This quirky hot-spot is a multi-media arts facility located on 815 Princess St. in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. An ingeniously redeveloped prefab metal building nestled in the city's historic district, Jengo's is one of six buildings belonging to a burgeoning artistic compound located in Wilmington's Soda Pop District, an area known for a scattered collection of creative entrepreneurs - from the homebaked Folks Cafe to the agricultural invention machine The Full Belly Project. Just down the block lies the old Coca-Cola Bottling Factory, giving the district it's uniquely appropriate nickname.

Jengo's Playhouse contains six working artist studios occupied by filmmakers, painters, sculptors and anchored by the headquarters of the Cucalorus Film Festival. The centerpiece of the facility is a 52-seat micro-cinema used by local filmmakers for private premiers and by many local non-profits as a meeting space and alternative venue.

To book Jengo's for you next event, please fill out our rental application. Contact James, our Operations Manager, for more information at operations@cucalorus.org

Having trouble finding us? Take a glance at our Jengo's map. We're at:

815 Princess St.
Wilmington, NC 28401

top photo by Ethan M. Sigmon