Cucalorus Staff


Chief Innovation Officer

Addison Schwab, Programming Assistant (she/her/hers)

Addison Schwab is the Programming Assistant and Jengo’s Playhouse Manager for the Cucalorus Film Foundation. Addison graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies and a minor in Leadership. She has an interest in several areas of film production including editing, producing, sound design & recording, directing, and a particular passion for documentary and experimental filmmaking. Addison produced, co-directed, and edited several projects during her undergrad as well as worked as a social media and art department assistant with the local film collective Lunar Kitchen. In her free time, Addison enjoys running, being outdoors, listening to music, and watching and discussing movies with her friends.

Chief Innovation Officer

Alex Toribio, Marketing  Manager (she/her/hers)

Alex Toribio is the Marketing Manager for Cucalorus Film Foundation. She graduated from Towson University in Baltimore, MD with a bachelors in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. She was a member of the Filipino Cultural Association of Towson during college, then became the Public Relations Coordinator for The Rita M. Cacas Filipino American Foundation. Alex was a video editor and social media creator for a Mental Health and Wellness Education Program called Ommworks, that started in 2020. In 2021, she taught Middle School PE and Health. She moved to Wilmington, NC from La Plata, MD in 2022. Alex is a singer/songwriter who performs around town. You can find her Journey 4 Life album on Spotify. She lives with her partner, Rachel and has 16 houseplants together. She enjoys eating sushi and dancing to anything with a good beat!

Chief Innovation Officer

Anna Hogelin, Communications Manager (she/her/hers)

Anna is the Communications Manager for the Cucalorus Film Foundation. Originally from Alabama, Anna graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in theatre and a double minor in art history and religious studies. She moved to Wilmington in 2006 to work in the local film industry, working in casting and then serving as the head of wardrobe for various TV shows and independent films.  After working on several film projects, Anna transitioned into the publishing industry, working for over a decade as a copywriter, copy editor and content creator.  When she’s not working, you can find Anna devoting her time to planning events like the New Hanover County Public Library’s annual Fiction 2 Fashion show for teens, substitute teaching at GLOW Academy or cooking every Bon Appetit recipe she can get her hands on. She loves spending time with her boyfriend, traveling, Sunday brunch with girlfriends, cooking and gardening. Random hobbies from over the years: tap dancing, fire twirling and playing the ukulele. 

Annalee Decker, Graphics Specialist (she/her/hers)

Annalee is the Graphics Specialist and, sometimes, Social Media Coordinator, for the Cucalorus Film Foundation. She is currently an honors student at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington where she is majoring in film studies with a double minor in business and journalism. When not in school, Annalee works as a photographer, filmmaker, journalist and commercial whitewater raft guide. Her work is greatly inspired by adventure sports and the wild places these sports take place in. Thus far, her visual and/or written work has been featured by the International Rafting Federation, Rafting Magazine, NorthWest Rafting Company, Canon USA, and the Ansel Adams Trust. In her spare time, Annalee enjoys long-distance running, any activity involving a paddle or surfboard, and drinking far too much funky coffee.

CB Johnson, Operations Manager (he/him/his)

CB is the Operations Manager for Cucalorus and oversees the volunteer, Pop-Up and Drive-In Cinema programs as well as other operational, behind-the-scenes aspects of the Cucalorus Festival. CB began working at Cucalorus in 2017, and when he’s not setting up, striking or managing venues and productions, CB is an active musician and songwriter, performing and recording in Wilmington, NC and the southeastern US. CB earned a BS of Naval Architecture from the US Naval Academy. He has learned live event production through experience, his service as a US Marine (the school of hard knocks and busted knuckles), and his work as a local REALTOR (currently with the Property Shop International Realty). In his spare time, CB enjoys hanging out with his kids, surfing, yoga, exploring the universal field of awareness, and practicing telepathy.

Chief Innovation Officer

Dan Brawley, Chief Instigating Officer (he/him/his)

Dan Brawley is the Chief Instigating Officer of the Cucalorus Festival, an international celebration of filmmaking, performance and creativity in Wilmington, North Carolina founded in 1994 by Twinkle Doon. Cucalorus screens more than 150 films with a range of multi-disciplinary programs focusing on dance, social justice, horror, southern documentaries, and performance. Cucalorus was one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2022” according to MovieMaker Magazine. Brawley was the founding President of the Film Festival Alliance, an independent non-profit organization that develops and fosters collaboration among mission-driven film festivals around the world. Brawley was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, attended New Hanover High School, and graduated cum laude from Duke University. When he’s not watching your movie, he’s either walking his dog Izzie or surfing on the South End of Wrightsville Beach.

Jenny Robertson, Social Events Coordinator (she/her/hers)

Jenny Robertson is the Social Events Coordinator for the Cucalorus Film Foundation. Originally from Virginia, she is earning her Masters of Fine Arts in Filmmaking at nearby University of North Carolina Wilmington and would like to be a film production professor. A fan of whimsy, art, and making the world a better place (but not too fond of unicorns) she is currently working on her directorial debut with a film based on the Kindred Spirit Mailbox in Sunset Beach, NC. Jenny has worked as an AD and producer for local and commercial shoots, has an event planning background, and was an EMT for 5 years. She fell into the cinema/television world while working as a manager of volunteers for a disaster relief nonprofit and later as a tv producer–thus, she is a sucker for human interest and social justice stories. Jenny enjoys random adventures and showing off what Wilmington has to offer to out-of-town guests. Jenny loves volunteering, rainy days, thrift stores, little free libraries, and gardening. (She’s more of a hoot than this sounds!)


Trish Nicholson, Development Director (she/her/hers)

Trish began at Cucalorus as the Box Office Manager in 2020, and quickly moved into the Sponsorship Coordinator role. She has been–and will continue to be–responsible for managing customer relationships, including donors, sponsors and patrons of the festival, while also working to bring businesses, supporters, attendees, and artists together for a fun, creative, and memorable festival experience. In her role as Development Director, she will expand upon existing relationships and work to continue the foundation’s partnerships with granting organizations. In her past life, she was a school counselor, holding a Master’s in Counseling from UNCG, and has always enjoyed helping and working with others. Along those same lines, her most favorite job is being a mom to her two awesome daughters. She grew up in North Carolina and has called Wilmington home for 12 years. She loves the beach vibe and life, going out to dinner, traveling, hanging with friends & family, and watching movies. One of her favorite childhood movies, and first movie experience in a theater is described below in Haiku style. If you can guess the movie, she’ll send you a postcard!

Drunken alien
Telekinetic empath
Love from outer space


Seasonal Staff Openings 

Do you enjoy working in a collaborative, fast-paced environment? Are you ready to roll up your sleeves, dive in, and spend this fall in a truly immersive, creative environment? Send us your resume!

Cucalorus seeks to fill seasonal positions for the 29th annual Cucalorus Film Festival, November 15-19, 2023. To apply, please send a resume (PDF) and a cover letter to


Box Office Coordinator:

The Box Office Coordinator works closely with the Managing Director and Executive Director to manage the activities of the box office during the festival. The Box Office Coordinator is responsible for tracking sales on a regular basis and provides reports to staff about pass sales, individual event sales, and related box office statistics. The Box Office Coordinator works with other staff to make sure manuals and training documents are up to date. The Box Office Coordinator works with the Operations Manager to coordinate the logistics for Box Office setup at all Thalian Hall, Jengo’s Playhouse, and any other venues. The Box Office Coordinator works closely with the Volunteer Coordinator to recruit, schedule, and train Box Office volunteers.


The Box Office Coordinator must have a clear understanding of festival pass and ticket policies and is responsible for clearly communicating these policies to the public. The Box Office Coordinator must learn how to use both the Eventive and Spektrix (Thalian Hall) ticketing systems.  The Box Office Coordinator is responsible for monitoring all cash transactions and for collecting all box office cash boxes at the end of each day. The Box Office Coordinator will create detailed deposit statements for all cash income. The Box Office Coordinator delivers a detailed report identifying strengths and areas of improvements for Box Office operations. 


Travel Coordinator:

The Travel Coordinator is responsible for coordinating travel arrangements for visiting filmmakers, artists, special guests, and sponsors. Duties of this position also include: coordinating all passes for filmmakers, participating artists and special guests; serving as the primary contact for visiting filmmakers, participating artists and special guests and monitoring the travel budget in order to prepare accurate reports for grants. Establish and maintain relationships with hotels and other key travel partners. Solicit and secure travel sponsors for the festival. Disperse travel stipends and artist fees and maintain accurate information in the filmmaker database regarding travel details.


Pass Coordinator:

The Pass Coordinator works closely with the Box Office Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, Sponsorship Coordinator, Communications Coordinator and Programming Coordinator to ensure all passes are printed and distributed the week of the festival. The Pass Coordinator is responsible for printing and distributing purchased passes, volunteer passes, sponsor passes, press passes, and filmmaker/artist passes. The Pass Coordinator is responsible for gathering names for passes from the relevant department heads and printing them before the festival begins. The Pass Coordinator distributes passes during the festival and prints any last-minute passes throughout the event.


Emcee Coordinator:

The Emcee Coordinator works closely with the Programming Associate and Executive Director to schedule an emcee or host for each event at the Cucalorus Film Festival. The Emcee Coordinator emails all emcees with their schedule and works to adapt the schedule to meet evolving needs. The Emcee Coordinator communicates with all emcees to identify special requests and to confirm each event date, time, and venue. The Emcee Coordinator works with Screenings Coordinators, Tech staff and other Cucalorus team members to handle all filmmaker appearances. The Emcee Coordinator communicates with technical staff and the screenings department about filmmakers, hosts, and emcees with special needs.