Staff and Volunteer News
One of the biggest changes for Cucalorus this year is a much bigger staff. But don’t worry, you’ll see lots of familiar faces like Dan Brawley (me!), the multi-faceted Joel Wells (Programming Coordinator/Print Traffic), and the ever-present, guitar playing emcee Matt Malloy. Staff building began last fall when we welcomed Beth White Steelman as our new development director. Beth has had a major impact on Cucalorus, helping to build the resources for and expand the reputation of the festival. Around the office, Beth is the secret machine that keeps this thing going.

This past summer, Margee Herring became the festival’s public relations director. Margee’s creative energy and experience with other successful non-profits (like the Children’s Musuem of Wilmington) will certainly help Cucalorus to establish itself as one of the finest film festivals in the Southeast. I knew that we’d be dangerous with Margee on our team when she took all of my flighty dreams seriously. Watch out!

After years of covering the film beat for the Star News, Allison Ballard unleashes her pen as the Cucalorus marketing director. Allison also works as a free lance journalist and has a dog named Jorja. Also joining the staff this year is recent North Carolina School of the Arts graduate Mary Kerley. Mary is the festival’s travel and hospitality coordinator. UNCW film major and Cary native Carolyn Maher has joined the staff as the festival services manager. You’ll have to go through Carolyn to get your pass to the festival!

Knocking down his third year on the staff, Rob Hill will serve as the media coordinator for Cualorus 13. UNCW intern Kyle Carter will serve as the media assistant and fellow UNCW intern Caroline Roberts will be this year’s pass coordinator. Noelle Pflum (ass-kickin, Cucalorus 11 alumni) is the Operations Manager and Scott Davis (everybody knows Scotty!) wil be the Moving Arts Expo coordinator.

Several volunteer positions are still available. Please contact me at if you’re interested in one of the following positions.
• Volunteer Coordinator – The volunteer coordinator works one day a week in October and then for 10 days straight, sunup to sunrise. The volunteer coordinator should have great communication and people skills. If you like to smile and can be nice to anyone, you’ll love this job. Begins immediately.
• Screenings Coordinators – The screenings coordinator is the hub of communication for screenings and produces the live aspects of each event. Full time positions for one week.
• Box Office/Merchandise Staff – Selling tickets, tees and a few other things along the way. Full time positions for one week.
• Staff Food Coordinator – Keeps the team fed. Full time for one week.
• Transportation Technicians (aka Drivers) – Good, sober drivers needed for the week of the fesitval.
• Projectionists – Technicians to operate projection equipment during the festival. Experience and knowledge of projection equipment helpful.

Stay tuned next week as we announce another 48 films screening at this year’s festival…