Dancemakers Retreat

May 14-21, 2019

Choreographers, filmmakers and performers
share, workshop and perform while exploring
the intersections between film and dance.


School of Making Thinking 

June 2-22, 2019

IMMERSION 3.0: VR Creation Lab,
exploring place and history as
related to virtual reality film making.

Artist Residency Program

The Cucalorus Residency program supports the development of new work in film, dance, and theater. It focuses on explorations of personal narrative in a process-focused laboratory with daily facilitation, play and sharing. Resident artists live and work on the festival’s growing creative compound in downtown Wilmington. To learn more about the residency, to apply for the next session or to find out about rental rates for our facilities, email Or feel free to give us a shout at 910-343-5995.

Cucalorus – what is it?

A Cucalorus is piece of film equipment placed in front of a light to create a dappled lighting effect and originates from a Greek word that means ‘dance of the shadows.’ Cucalorus was founded in 1994 by an underground filmmaking collective called Twinkle Doon and has since grown into an institution showcasing creativity and innovation across many industries. The annual Cucalorus Festival takes place over five days in November and includes Film, Stage and Connect – three distinct programs showcasing cinema, performance and technology.

Jengo’s Creative Campus

The Jengo’s Creative Campus is located just nine blocks from the Cape Fear River within the walkable and welcoming historic district of downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. The campus includes six buildings: Wabi Sabi Warehouse, Jengo’s Playhouse, the PinkHouse, Yolohaus, the Nutthouse, and the Cabin. Resident artists will live at the PinkHouse, Yolohaus, or the Cabin and will have access to studio space at Jengo’s Playhouse.

2018 Resident Artists

Zach Strum & Micah Vassau

Zach Strum and Micah Vassau are a filmmaking duo who met at UNC School of the Arts. Their award-winning experimental musicals THE PANTY SYMPHONIC, MOLLY UNDER THE MOON, and FINGERILLA have screened at over thirty festivals worldwide–including Cucalorus and Slamdance.

Clyde Petersen

Clyde Petersen is a Seattle-based artist, working in film, animation, music, installation and fabulous spectacle. He is a member of the Transgender and Queer communities in Seattle. Clyde is the director of Torrey Pines, a autobiographical stop-motion animated feature film,  which premiered in October 2016 and is currently touring the world with a live score.  He travels the world with his band Your Heart Breaks and  hosts the Internet film series Boating with Clyde, in a small handmade boat in the Washington Park Arboretum. His work has been featured  around the world in museums, galleries and DIY venues. Find out more at and

Sophie Traub

Sophie Traub is a performing artist, actor, dramaturg, and arts organizer from Toronto, with a second home in Brooklyn. Her performance work focuses on group process, conflict studies, anti-oppression, improvisation, and embodiment. As a performance artist, Sophie has performed at DUMBO Arts Festival, Dixon Place, White Rabbit Festival, the Norman Felix Gallery, Artscape Gibralter Point, the Microscope Gallery, Medicine Show Theater, and The Last Weekend Arts Festival. Film credits include Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (Decker), Fugue (Torres-Torres), Mother’s Day (Adina Smith), Bite Radius (Parsons), Tenderness (Polson), and The Interpreter (Pollack). Theatre acting, devising, and directing credits include This Is How I Don’t Know How To Dance (SITI Company/Barrow Street Theatre), Won’t Be a Ghost (Prelude 2014, Dixon Place 2015, The Brick 2016), The Beach Eagle (Dixon Place 2013), Asterion (Schafer 2013). Sophie has studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse, HB Studio, Studio 303, Stonestreet Studios, SITI Company Conservatory, NYU, and is currently working on her Masters in Theatre and Performance Studies at York.

Naima Ramos-Chapman

Naima Ramos-Chapman is from Brooklyn, New York. She makes movement with body, word, image, silence, sound, and technology, that tell stories of transformation and understated bravery.  Her stories stem from true events, incorporate magical realism, and seek to render psycho-spiritual realities we can not see and juxstaposes them alongside the brutal mundanities of everyday life. Her first short, AND NOTHING HAPPENED, explores the psychological aftermath of sexualized violence and premiered at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival and screened in both national and international competitions. She was awarded Best Director of a Short Narrative at the Tacoma Film Festival, is a Sundance Institute 2017 Fellow, a teaching Artist-in-Residence for a Narrative Filmmaking Lab at Reel Works Teen Filmmaking in New York City, and facilitated a Virtual Reality Intensive for the School of Making Thinking. She is currently in post-production for her second short film–a surrealist thriller PIU PIU and is developing a feature film and digital series. Naima trained at the following institutions: The Alvin Ailey School for Dance, The Barrow Group for Acting, Howard University and Brooklyn College (CUNY) where she holds a B.A. in Journalism. Ramos-Chapman’s work has been featured on Roger and Ebert, Nylon, Essence, Fandom, No Film School, Colorlines, Saint Heron, Postbourgie, The Nation, The Center for American Progress, and Huffington Post to name a few.