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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.
288 backers pledged $30,576 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 20th annual Cucalorus Film Festival in November. 

More than half of your donation will go directly to filmmakers. Each year Cucalorus provides artists with over $50,000 in direct financial support. 

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 over 100 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 20 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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    Sponsor a seed! Become a proud mom or dad of a baby blade of grass in Jengo's Backyard. A green thumbs up to you!

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    You're off to a great start! One Cucalorus bumper sticker, your name listed on the Cucalorus website's Membership page and in the program guide PLUS never-ending lovebombs from Cucalorians all over the world.

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    One dollar to celebrate every year of Cucalorus! One drink ticket for the Cucalorus Kickstarter Birthday party, one Cucalorus bumper sticker, your name listed on the Cucalorus website's Membership page, your name in the program guide, PLUS never-ending lovebombs from Cucalorians all over the world.

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    You can’t go wrong with a pair of tickets to our super-extra-special screening of CRIMES OF THE HEART (1986), which is part of this year’s Cucalorus Retrospective on the long career of late producer Dino De Laurentiis. Following the screening, Dino’s wife and producing parter Martha De Laurentiis and other special guests will discuss Dino’s legacy here in Wilmington. We dig it!

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    Get your fleshy hands on a vintage Cucalorus 9 screen printed poster, made by Tim Jones' finicky fingers back in 2003. This is the last time these prints will ever be available! Your bedroom wall is gonna love you.

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    Missing Cucalorus 19?! Get your paws on a vintage Cuc 19 Freaker and never have sweaty hand syndrome again. Also get one drink ticket to the Cucalorus Kickstarter Birthday party, your name listed on the Cucalorus website's Membership page, and your name in the festival program guide. You sound so cool, we're crushing on you already.

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    Grab a piece of festival history with this rare vintage screen printed poster from Cucalorus 11! You're soooo 2004.

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    You are now the proud owner of the last Cucalorus 12 screen printed poster on this side of the galaxy! That deserves a pat on the back.

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    Get two tickets to a screening and reception at the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival in April 2015. We're meshugina for you!

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    That's half a Franklin! Go Ben! You'll get a drink ticket for the Kickstarter/Birthday party, a Visual/Sound/Walls DVD, one Cucalorus bumper sticker for your Benz, your name on the Cucalorus website's Membership page, your name in the program guide, AND a Cucalorus 20th anniversary T-Shirt to wear on your hot little body!

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    Fo realz yo! We love you so much now that we're gonna hand-screen print a Cucalorus 20th anniversary poster just for you! All hands baby!! You'll also get a Cucalorus bumper sticker for your ride, your name on our website's Membership page, one Cucalorus Tribute Vol. 2 DVD, AND a Cucalorus 20th anniversary T-Shirt to wear on your sizzling bod! To top it off, you get to celebrate at the Kickstarter Birthday party with TWO drink tickets!

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    For our foreign lovers! We'll send you a Cucalorus 20th anniversary poster, a bumper sticker for your wheels, your name on our website's Membership page, your name in the program guide, one Visual/Sound/Walls DVD, one Cucalorus Tribute Vol. 2 DVD and a Cucalorus 20th anniversary T-Shirt to wear on your fleshy human form!

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    Go Ben Franklin! It’s getting electric now. You’ll get two (2) festival TICKET VOUCHERS! These get you into any two screenings of your choice at Cucalorus 20. We’ll also throw in a Cucalorus 20th anniversary poster, a bumper sticker for your ride, your name on the Cucalorus website’s Membership page, your name in the program guide, and a hot little Cuc’ 20 T-shirt! Look out running man, we gotcha!

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    Hearts are exploding at Jengo's! Get one JIBASORUS TICKET PACKAGE (5 tickets), a Cucalorus 20th anniversary poster, a bumper sticker for your ride, your name on our website's Membership Page, your name in the program guide, one Visual/Sound/Walls DVD, AND a Cucalorus 20th anniversary T-Shirt to wear every day!

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    You get to wear Aaron Hillis' Pegasorus pass for an entire day! You know he won't be wearing it - so it's kinda like being Hillis for a day. Get the kind of royale treatment that only one of Brooklyn's most influential film freaks gets - breeze right into all of your screenings and party like a four legged furmonkey. There's only one Aaron Hillis, so there's only one of these. We promise you'll get more than you bargain for with the Hillis package...

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    Jengo's Playhouse is your private cinema for an entire night. The Cucalorus staff will host you and your friends for a night of cinema and celebration - including but not limited to watching a few of your favorite films and roasting marshmallows in the backyard. You choose the movie, you bring the booze and we'll do the rest. Must be used before July 2015!

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    Become the proud owner of an authentic David Yurman necklace! The perfect accessory for parties, dates, business meetings, rock climbing, and candle-lit bubble baths.

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    Sponsor a filmmaker’s journey to Cucalorus! You’ll be the official sponsor for one filmmaker at this year’s festival. Could be a love connection! Who? Knows! You’ll also get one DIGASORUS PASS (10 tickets), a Cucalorus 20th anniversary poster, a bumper sticker for your ride, your name on our website's Membership page, your name in the program guide AND a Cucalorus 20th anniversary T-Shirt to wear every day!

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    We're blowing our tops! You get one embroidered Cucalorus baseball cap. These aren't for sale - so you'll be recognized as a heavyhitter at Cucalorus 20! You'll also get a DIGASORUS PASS (10 Tix!), a Cucalorus 20th anniversary poster, a bumper sticker for your ride, your name on our website's Membership page, your name in the program guide AND a Cucalorus 20th anniversary T-Shirt to wear every day!

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    BUSINESS BACKERS! Your business gets a business card size ad in our 2014 program guide and two (2) Jibasarus passes with a total of ten (10) tickets so you can experience this year's festival. We'll also throw in two (2) tickets to our opening night party at the Bellamy Mansion.

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    Half-a-K gets you lookin’ right this fall! Get your hands on two embroidered Cucalorus baseball caps to pair with that swanky T-Shirt. We’re sweatin’ already! Don’t forget your MEGASORUS PASS (15 tickets), which includes Festival Concierge Service provided by Programming Coordinator Natalie Lentz. She'll help you map out a winning schedule of films and parties! Plus we’ll feature you on our homepage for a day and hook you up with 4 Kickstarter/Birthday Party drink tickets to share with yourself & friends. You sound popular already!

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    Become the most productive filmmaker on the planet with the Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting software duo. A $900 value!

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    Get the royal treatment! Experience the romantic ambience of the Filmmakers Lounge with exclusive access to a private bar, comfy couches, and enough new friends to fill your heart with gold! You’ll also receive two embroidered Cucalorus baseball caps, two Cucalorus t-shirts, and an all-access PEGASORUS Pass, which includes Festival Concierge Service for your festival selections, provided by our Programming Coordinator Natalie Lentz. And yes, lots and lots of lovebombs.

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    Get the royal treatment, twice! Experience the romantic ambience of the Filmmakers Lounge with exclusive access to a private bar, comfy couches, and enough new friends to fill your heart of gold! You’ll also receive two embroidered Cucalorus baseball caps, 2 Cucalorus t-shirts, and two (2) all-access PEGASORUS Passes, which include Festival Concierge Service provided by Programming Coordinator Natalie Lentz. We'll also frame a copy of this year's hand screenprinted 20th anniversary poster so that you can savor the memories for years to come.

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    Vacation doesn’t end when the festival does! Book your free, week-long stay on the Cucalorus Residency Compound at Jengo's Playhouse! Situated only 8 blocks from the Cape Fear River, “The Pinkhouse” was built in 1865 and provides everything you need for a sweet getaway with a handful of lovers and friends— plus a sweet brunch cooked by Executive Director Danny B. and hosted by Cucalorus staff. Based on availability. AND you'll also get two embroidered Cucalorus baseball caps!

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    You just made it onto the screen at Cucalorus! We'll feature your name on our pre-screening slideshow in the font of your choice! Use your government name or your OkCupid Avatar, whatever you want, we'll beam it onto the screen before every event at this year's Cucalorus Film Festival. You'll also get four (4) all-access PEGASORUS passes, four embroidered Cucalorus baseball caps, four Cucalorus t-shirts, and some coveted time with Programming Coordinator Natalie Lentz to help you navigate the schedule of films and parties with precision and grace. We'll also lovingly frame your 20th anniversary Cucalorus poster so that you can cherish the memories for years to come.

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    You just made it onto the screen at Cucalorus! We'll feature your name on our pre-screening slideshow in the font of your choice! Use your government name or your OkCupid Avatar, whatever you want, we'll beam it onto the screen before every event at this year's Cucalorus Film Festival. You'll also get six (6) all-access PEGASORUS passes, six embroidered Cucalorus baseball caps, six Cucalorus t-shirts, and some coveted time with Executive Director Dan Brawley to help you navigate the schedule of films and parties with precision and grace. We'll also lovingly frame your 20th anniversary Cucalorus poster so that you can cherish the memories for years to come.

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