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Cucalorus brings people together to celebrate, discover and create independent film.
Cucalorus brings people together to celebrate, discover and create independent film.
298 backers pledged $24,108 to help bring this project to life.

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Cucalorus needs your help! We’re looking to you, our friends and fellow artists, to make a donation to Cucalorus. Your donation will support more than 250 artists who will be presenting new work at the 19th annual Cucalorus Film Festival in November. Roughly half of your donation will go directly to filmmakers. Each year Cucalorus provides artists with over $35,000 in direct financial support (that’s more than half of all ticket sales!). The remainder of the funding will be used to rent the equipment we need to show movies! It’s really that basic. We hope you’ll help us in our mission to bring people together to celebrate, discover and create independent films.

More than 200 independent and international films will hit the screen at the festival this fall, with special programs focusing on social justice, North Carolina artists, works-in-progress, dance, music videos, emerging directors, and hits from the festival circuit. In order to pull it off, we need your help. We’ll be providing financial support to at least 80 of the 250+ artists in attendance. These talented and provocative creatures will be coming from all over the world to share stories and build community. Your dollars will help to support their work, their travel and their future artistic pursuits. 

Cucalorians are motivated by one simple purpose: to provide an intimate opportunity for artists and audiences to connect on their own terms. Cucalorus presents provocative works in a wide range of disciplines - bringing the most innovative artists together to conceive new works, launch new projects and make new friends. 

Risks and challenges

After the project is funded Cucalorus will continue to raise money for filmmakers through sponsorships, grants, and tickets sales. Cucalorus hosts 95 ticketed events over five days - with a full schedule of screenings, educational explosions and social situations. Potential challenges include projector malfunctions, flatulence in the technician's booth, snoring patrons, missed flights, a wandering volunteer or two, and the wrong film arriving just in time for the screening. We've seen a lot in our 18 years and feel well equipped to handle anything that may come up. Our dedicated staff, fearless volunteers and even our brave little mascot Izzie are ready to face the challenges and obstacles that lie ahead - to present another love-filled Cucalorus with humor, humility and smiles.

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    We'll take your 5 dollars and raise you the wish coat. That's right—the wish coat! Once our goal is met, you can send us your biggest boldest wish, favorite quote, or just something silly and we'll write it/paint it/glue it to the 2013 Cucalorus Wish Coat— to be donned by a different filmmaker, artist or staff member each day of the festival.

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    Woah! You just treated a hungry filmmaker to a scrumptious, 'morning-after-Jengo's-Playhouse' breakfast! We'll prove it and send you a filmmaker-signed diner napkin from Wilmington's very own Dixie Grill. Yummmm.

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    Get your name listed on the super awesome guest list for the Cucalorus Launch Party and your name (or your superhero name) will be emblazoned for one year on the Cucalorus website's Membership page.

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    If you can't make it to the Pegasorus Luncheon this year, we'll make sure you're there in spirit! We'll snap a photo of a filmmaker posing especially for YOU on the NC Battleship during the luncheon, thanking you for your loving support! And don't worry, we'll send a copy your way too!

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    Get a handcrafted, slightly offensive, truly original (but maybe cut out of a magazine!?) Cucalorus button. We'll also chisel your name onto the Cucalorus Launch Party guest list and add your name to the Cucalorus website's Membership page.

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    Geared towards our international frands, get your hands on a 2012 limited edition screen printed Cucalorus 18 poster, plus this year's Cucalorus 19 festival magazine!

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    Can't get enough Cucalorus?? For your true act of kindness, we give to you a 2013 limited edition screen printed Cucalorus 19 poster, plus festival magazines from this year and last year! Check you out ya cuuky Cucalorus collector!

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    Feast your eyes and ears on an exclusive Visual/Sound/Walls compilation DVD, sent directly to your welcome mat when you donate $45 or more! Visual/Sound/Walls, our music video program, acts as an immersive installation space during the festival, projecting cutting-edge videos onto 5 surrounding walls (ceiling included!). Snag this backer level while you can—supplies are limited for this gem, which features more than an hour of visual bliss!

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    Get a Cucalorus temporary tattoo to slap on your beautiful body. And a handcrafted, slightly offensive, truly original (but maybe cut out of a magazine!?) Cucalorus button. We'll drop your name on the Cucalorus Launch Party guest list, and then we'll burn your name onto
    the Cucalorus website's Membership page.

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    Get two (2) festival TICKET VOUCHERS! And lay claim to a handcrafted, slightly offensive, truly original (made out of Ryan's fresh shirt!?) Cucalorus button. Get two (2) names added to the Cucalorus Launch Party guest list (shhhh we'll tell you when and where a little bit later, but you could bring a date, a bestie, or your mama, moms like Cucalorus too,) and we'll burn your name onto the Cucalorus website's Membership page with a link to your website.

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    For the Cucalorus enthusiast, take advantage of this whoppin' pile of stuff! You get limited edition screen printed Cucalorus posters from last year and this year, festival magazines from this year and last year, the Cucalorus Tribute DVD Vol.2, and a special luuuvvv letter from our executive director Danny B (aka. Sir Archibald Hepinstall), ya heard!

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    Take advantage of our official MONARCH LEVEL! Pledge $110 or more to receive two ticket vouchers for the Zigzag Kid, hitting the Thalian Hall main stage during Cucalorus 19! This fast paced coming-of-age tale was the opening night film at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival this past summer! Plus we'll also chisel your name onto the Cucalorus Launch Party guest list!

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Get one JIBASORUS TICKET PACKAGE (5 tickets), a
    handcrafted Cucalorus button,
    two names added to the Cucalorus Launch Party guest list (shhhh we'll tell you when and where a little bit later, but you could bring a date, a bestie, or your mama, moms like Cucalorus too,) and we'll burn your name onto the Cucalorus website's Membership page with a link to your website.

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    Get one DIGASORUS PASS (10 tickets) and Cucalorus Program Coordinator Ash McGuire will provide personal concierge service for your festival selections. You'll also get three (3)
    handcrafted Cucalorus button, three names added to the Cucalorus Launch Party guest list and we'll burn your name onto the Cucalorus website's Membership page with a link to your website or your eHarmony portal or wherever really!

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    Get one MEGASORUS PASS (15 tickets) and Cucalorus Program Coordinator Ash McGuire will provide personal concierge service for your festival experience. You'll also get three (3) handcrafted Cucalorus button, three names on the Cucalorus Launch Party guest list (bring a date, a bestie, or your mama, moms like Cucalorus too,) and your
    name listed on the Cucalorus website's Membership page with a link to your website.

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    Pledge $550 or more About $550

    Spend a full day on set of the hit CBS television series UNDER THE DOME—as a paid extra!! Plus, you get to bring a friend! Coordinated by casting company NCasting, these guaranteed positions will be during the filming of Season 2—shot in Wilmington, NC starting February 2014. Makes a great gift for kids, TV buffs, actors, Stephen King readers, or fans of UNDER THE DOME! (*Both you and a friend will be paid extras; travel and accommodations not included)

    You'll also get three (3) names added to the Cucalorus Launch Party guest list!

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Get one PEGASORUS PASS (unlimited access) and Cucalorus Program Coordinator Ash McGuire will provide personal concierge service for your festival experience. You'll also get four (4)
    handcrafted Cucalorus button,
    four names on the Cucalorus Launch Party guest list (bring a date, a bestie, or your mama, moms like Cucalorus too,) and your
    name listed on the Cucalorus website's Membership page with links to your website and anywhere you want to send your friends!

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    Get two (2) PEGASORUS PASSES (unlimited access) and a limited edition Cucalorus 19 screen printed poster. Cucalorus Program Coordinator Ash McGuire will provide personal concierge service for your festival selections. You'll also get
    four (4) handcrafted Cucalorus button,
    four names on the Cucalorus Launch Party guest list (bring a date, a bestie, or your mama, moms like Cucalorus too,) and your name listed on the Cucalorus website's Membership page with a link to your website.

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    Get four (4) PEGASORUS PASSES (unlimited access) and a framed, limited edition Cucalorus 19 screen printed poster. Cucalorus Program Coordinator Ash McGuire will provide personal concierge service for your festival experience. You'll also get four (4) handcrafted Cucalorus buttons, eight names on the Cucalorus Launch Party guest list (bring a date, a bestie, or your mama, moms like Cucalorus too,) and website's Membership page with a link to your website.

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