Cucalorus is excited to announce eleven filmmakers awarded “Filmed in NC” grants. This program is an initiative of the Cucalorus Film Foundation and the NC Film Office to support indie filmmakers in North Carolina. The grants are funded by the NC Film Office and awarded through the Cucalorus Film Foundation. Together both organizations support original and singular works by diverse artists working in North Carolina. The eleven projects awarded range from narrative features to short docs and were chosen from 59 submissions. The panel of judges for the 2nd annual round of grants included a combination of grant recipients from 2016, members of the Filmed in NC office, and guest panelists from the industry. Embracing the diversity of the film industry, the “Filmed in NC” Grants are supporting five female directors, three projects from African American filmmakers, and one genderqueer filmmaker. Filmmakers will present a portion of their ongoing work at the 23rd annual Cucalorus Film Festival, November 8-12, 2017.
Grant recipients are:
• Alex Nomick for Sweet Nothing, a narrative about a college student struggling with his sexuality;
• Alicia Inshiradu for What The River Knows, a short chronicling the six months of a young married couple’s tragic life;
• Anna R. Jones for Chairman Jones – An Improbable Leader, a documentary about North Carolina’s first African American school board chairman;
• Anthony Reynolds for Times Like Dying, a feature about a vengeful farming family;
• Brendan & Jeremy Smyth for Mohmmed, a poetic look into forgotten refugees;
• Christopher Baker for Sarah’s Big Day, about a girl and her imaginary friend;
• Joanne Hock for Martin Hill: Camera Man, a documentary about an obsessed hoarder of filmmaking tools;
• Katina Parker for A Love Supreme: Black, Queer and Christian in The South, documenting the journey to reconcile Black Queer Christians with their families;
• Laura Hart McKinny for Extraordinary Ventures, a story of employment of teens and adults on the autism spectrum;
• Molly Lewis for Paradise: Downhill Skateboarding, about the downhill skateboarding culture of Western North Carolina;
• Ricky Kelly for Black Beach/White Beach: A Tale of Two Beaches, about the racial tensions that arise in Myrtle Beach during two national bike festivals every spring.