What is a Cucalorus?
cuc•a•lor•us n., [orig. Gk. kukaloris, the dance of the shadows.]1. a film set apparatus placed in front of a light source to create a dappled lighting effect on a subject or background. also cookie, UK. gobo. 2. a film festival in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Cucalorus was founded in 1994 by the underground filmmaking collective Twinkle Doon. At the inaugural event, crowds wrapped around the block to see 16 local films screening at Water Street restaurant by the Cape Fear River. These days Cucalorus Film Festival takes place every November, celebrating independent and international film for five days in the historic downtown riverfront of Wilmington, NC. In 2009 and 2013 MovieMaker Magazine recognized it as one of the "25 Coolest Film Festivals" and by the Brooks Institute as one of the "Top Ten Film Festivals".
This fall, the 20th annual festival will showcase more than 200 films and attract thousands of cultural travelers, creative leaders and filmmakers who descend upon the Port City from Spain, Israel, Brazil and from more than 70 cities across the US. Cucalorus showcases bold, innovative filmmaking with programs dedicated to dance, emerging artists, North Carolina, social justice, works-in-progress, and global cinema. More than 300 exhibiting artists are in attendance each year - an incredible list of multi-media entrepreneurs with a passion for storytelling. Passes are officially on sale for the festival, taking place on November 12-16, 2014.
Cucalorus 19- Schedule Downloads (300dpi)
Press Kit Downloads- Cucalorus 19
The Zigzag Kid
Hank and Asha
Bob Birdnow's Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self
The Oxbow Cure
Short Term 12
Swim Little Fish Swim
The Animal Project
Stills (300dpi) Downloads- Cucalorus 19
The Bounceback (pic 1) / (pic 2)
Hank and Asha (pic 1) / (pic 2)
The Zigzag Kid (pic 1) / (pic 2)
Laurence Anyways (pic 1)
Redwood Highway (pic 1) / (pic 2) / (pic 3)
Bob Birdnow's Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self (pic 1) / (pic 2)
Pioneer (pic 1)
The Oxbow Cure (pic 1)
Short Term 12 (pic 1) / (pic 2)
Boy Eating the Bird's Food (pic 1) / (pic 2)
Swim Little Fish Swim (pic 1)
The Animal Project (pic 1) / (pic 2)
The Sacrament (pic 1)
Borgman (pic 1) / (pic 2)
Blue Ruin (pic 1)
A Short History of Decay (pic 1)
Revenge of the Mekons (pic 1)
The Act of Killing (pic 1) / (pic 2)
How to Lose Your Virginity (pic 1)
Hey Bartender (pic 1)
The Kill Team (pic 1) / (pic 2)
Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia (pic 1) / (pic 2)
One Band Indivisible (pic 1)
Cucalorus In The News- 2012
Spring 2012- MovieMaker Magazine- "Festival Beat: Cucalorus"
10/25/12- Lumina News- "Cu-ca-lor-us"
10/31/12- Encore Magazine- "The Cucs are Upon Us"
11/01/12- StarNews- "Sex, Madness, and Antipodes"
11/04/12- StarNews- "Strange Beauty"
11/07/12- Encore Magazine- Front Page
11/08/12- StarNews- "Opening this Week"
11/08/12- StarNews- "Tukel to raise a 'Red Flag'"
11/10/12- StarNews- "Crazy for Cucalorus"
11/12/12- StarNews- "Cucalorus Wraps Up"
Surfalorus: 2nd Annual Surf Film Festival
Apply for your 2014 Cucalorus Press Pass!
Bold, insightful programming, a laid-back rock and roll atmosphere and gorgeous seaside locale no doubt contribute to the ‘summer camp for filmmakers’ vibe, making Cucalorus the best kept secret on the indie fest circuit. – MOVIEMAKER Magazine
More information coming soon. Contact Ryan Jaccard at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about the 2014 Cucalorus press passes.
Check out the Cucalorus blog for up to the minute festival updates and film-like pontifications.