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25th annual Cucalorus Festival, Nov 13-17, 2019 plus creative collisions all year long!
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Let's grow old, together!

25 years ago, a fearless band of filmmakers called Twinkle Doon held "An Evening of Celluloid Art" at Water Street Restaurant in downtown Wilmington. Today we host four film festivals, a residency program, a conference about the future (who? knows!), and even give grants to filmmakers for new projects. We need your help as we plot and scheme for this fall's 25th annual Cucalorus Festival! We're just a few months away from celebrating our past (and planning your future!) This year's festival takes place November 13-17, 2019, featuring over 250 films, 40 stage performances, and 50 Connect Conference events.

To build this well-oiled rock-n-roll machine called Cucalorus, we need YOU! While our monsters work on a magical  Pega-Teleportation device, we need help bringing in the pioneering filmmakers, visionary artists, and startup wizards that make the Cucalorus experience such a mind-bending creative journey. Your pledge travels around the world picking up trailblazers in film and comedy, but also stops off in rural NC to show movies to kids, so get those dollar bills flyin’!

This festival only flourishes because of the 25  years of continued support from our loyal Cucalorus family. Help us expand to create new, powerful experiences for all the cultural  travelers out there looking to collaborate, share, and learn. And we'll toss you a temp Cucalorus Tattoo, a custom Cuc25 freaker, a vintage screenprint, or your name on the big screen!  Cucalorus loves you! See you in November you sexy humans!

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Dan Brawley is the Chief Instigating Officer at Cucalorus. Brawley joined the Cucalorus family as a volunteer in 1997 and has been showing up for work ever since. Brawley is also President of the Film Festival Alliance, an independent non-profit that develops collaboration among film festivals around the world. Brawley was born in Wilmington, attended New Hanover High, and was an Academic All-American on the Duke University golf team.

Rachel Taylor is the Programming Director at Cucalorus. Her nonprofit arts management career began in Boston at Huntington Theatre, Handel and Haydn Society, and Company One. Rachel received her Bachelor of Science in theatre from Skidmore College and her Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina. She is a 500-hr registered yoga instructor and currently teaches at Longwave Yoga.

Kim Klein is the founding Executive Director of The Better Angels Society in Western Massachusetts, a non-profit that supports documentary film about American history, educational outreach to schools, and the creatives who bring these stories to life. When not working, which is not often, you can find Kim outside on her paddleboard, bike, or working her creative magic on everything from a house restoration to jewelry design.

A communicator from the very beginning, Andrew Craig received straight A’s in “Talking” from kindergarten til graduation. As a native of Asheville, NC, Andrew has had a lifelong engagement with the performing arts. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with degrees in history and classical languages. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys whitewater paddling and attempting to grow grass.

Connect Coordinator Jennifer Salter joins Cucalorus with both nonprofit and corporate experience specializing in marketing, communications, sales, exhibit management and environmental advocacy. As a master gardener and pilates instructor, she is an artist at heart who thrives in creating beauty in spaces, working with people and in places that appeal to the human spirit. She received her BA in graphic design from Penn State University.

Brighid Greene is based in New York and serves as the Cucalorus Stage Coordinator. Brighid is producer of Yara Travieso’s La Medea, a Creative Capital project in the form of a genre-bending musical and CROWDS by Sarah Friedland, a dance film installation that premiered at Ann Arbor Film Fest. She performed in Then She Fell by Third Rail Projects, teaches Super 8 with Mono No Aware, and performed under the moniker Tectonic Tonia recently at Tiger Strikes Asteroid. 

Monica Shepard is the Cucalorus Finance Manager. Monica has over 10 years experience providing Project Management services in the areas of Strategic Planning, Project Development and Community Organizational Services. Monica also has over 11 years experience working in the Wireless Communications Industry in which she provided innovative solutions focusing on the Company’s Vision of going Green. 

Madison Reitz is the Programming Assistant at Cucalorus. Madison is a senior at UNCW studying film and theater. Madison has a background in Film/TV acting and a passion for all things producing!! 

Rifka Roth is the Graphics Specialist at Cucalorus and a Film/Communication studies major at UNCW. When she is not gushing over her (perfect) cat Toons, Rifka independently manages her own art business, selling her funky and colorful work by commission on her Instagram, @rifruff.

Risks and challenges

Each dollar raised through Kickstarter is matched multiple times over by income from sponsors, entry fees, ticket sales, and grants that support the execution of a successful Cucalorus.

During the five-day festival, we'll host over two hundred individual events held in Wilmington's most intriguing locations. That's a lot of people and things to put in the right place at the right time.

Risks and challenges include technical mishaps, delayed flights, pimento cheese hangovers, box office mixups, a typo or two in the program guide, and popcorn breath. We've learned a lot about overcoming snafus in our twenty-five years as a film festival, and we're confident that we can handle the challenges and obstacles that lie ahead to bring you another year of high-quality film screenings, stage performances, and conference events.

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    Cucalorus Tribute DVD, Volume 2

    A sweet sampling of shorts from Cucalorus 11, way back in the year 2005. Films include Job Pool by Dan Turek, The Lost Cause by Jim Taylor, Poubelle's Holiday by David Hardin, and Matt Malloy's Il Maestro D'el Festivale. I dusted off the last box, so we only have 27 of these suckers. Dust off your DVD player friends!!!

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    Cucalorus 25 official 90 min Soundtrack

    Norwood Cheek and Aaron Hillis join forces on this epic playlist featuring 25 years of eclectic music inspired by Cucalorus. Cheek was the very first NC Filmmaker Retrospective honoree whose career as a musician/filmmaker/music video director is so varied and deep that you'll need a submarine to get it all down. Hillis' work at Cucalorus is well known as he spanks together the Convulsions program. He was formerly a SPIN and Village Voice critic before he developed a bad costuming habit. We'll deliver your playlist on Spotify, as an MP3, or sing it in your ears. Your choice.

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    Spirit Channeling by Alex Tatarksy

    Cucalorus alum and word wizard Alexandra Tatarsky will perform an improvised spirit channeling of any haunted object from your home (even your tape dispenser!). We'll send you the audio, the video, or whatever digital splatter that this paranormal activity produces. Who? Knows!!

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    Customized blingdrenched VVIP Passholder

    Bedazzled that baby!! We will customize your vinyl passholder for this year's festival with glitter, unicorn stickers and more. WARNING - this love-covered piece of craftiness does NOT include a pass to the festival. You can also send us suggestions and inspirations so that our hot-glue gunning hits all the marks!!! Only for very very important persons...

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    Private sneak peek at new Ken Burns doc

    September 6th, 7pm, Jengo's Playhouse

    You'll get one ticket to this very special (and private) pre-broadcast screening of the upcoming Ken Burns documentary, Country Music, with special video introduction from Ken. Includes pre-screening cocktails and a few other surprises. Limited seating!

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    Desktop Cucoloris

    We know EXACTLY what a Cucoloris is, and now you do too! Take home your very own hand-crafted Cucoloris and match the fest! These 10" x 10" wooden cookies will dapple your light and keep your desktop looking shadowy and mysterious.

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    Original Tukels of Suggestive Deviance

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    VIP Jengo's Pass with Bling

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    Cuc25 Screenprint by Dallas Thomas

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    The Hillis Experience

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    Cuc25 Fan Pack

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    Festival strategy consulting

    We'll organize two one-hour meetings with our staff to connect you with the resources you need to navigate the film festival circuit. From building lists of festivals that we love (Hey Sidewalk!) to talking about how to send a really good bribe, we'll help you develop a strong festival strategy for your film!

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    Sponsor a 10x10 Filmmaker

    The coolest films screened at Cucalorus are made at Cucalorus! You will provide food and gas for a talented (and brave) filmmaker working on the 10x10 Challenge and making a promotional video for a local entrepreneur - in less than five days. We'll add your name to the credits, so don't miss the screening on Friday, November 15.

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    Sponsor Surfalorus #8

    8 years! Hard to believe that our first little Cucalorus child is now already in Middle School and smells funny. Surfalorus celebrates surf docs on the Outer Banks. Your contribution helps to pay for filmmaker travel, projection fees, and poster printing. We'll even mention you at our opening night screening of The Super Stoked Surf Mamas of Pleasure Point and send you a link to the film! Hang ten!

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    Sponsor the Lumbee Film Festival

    Join us in celebrating Indigenous and American Indian filmmakers! Your sponsorship helps us to sustain the Lumbee Film Festival which is organized through a partnership with the Lumbee Tribe in Pembroke, North Carolina. Your support helps to pay for filmmaker travel and more! You'll get a link to the award winning shorts from this year's festival.

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    Sponsor Tarheel Shorties

    Tarheel Shorties showcases emerging NC filmmakers and takes place through a partnership with the Whirligig Park in Wilson. Your contribution will go directly towards travel expenses for a young filmmaker to attend the festival. Gas money! For helping us make these special moments happen, we'll send you a link to the film and a picture of the filmmaker too!

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    Sponsor Pop-Up Cinema

    Popup Cinema brings family-friendly films to parks and parking lots across Eastern NC! Help us to provide this free service with fun, outdoor entertainment for the whole family. Films include CoCo, Mary Poppins Returns, and Ralph Breaks the Internet. For your support, we'll name a snack after you at the concession stand. Jason's Famous Popcorn? Billy's Bottled Water?

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    Teach Kids How to Code with Computers

    Our Coding Workshops for kids provides a hands-on lab for youth (especially girls!) to learn basic computer coding. We'll have the students send you a small piece of computer code as a thank you. Who knows, it may turn your robot into a dog? Wait, what?!

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    Fly an Artist Across the Ocean

    The Cucalorus Artist Residency Program supports the development of new work in film, dance, and theater. Resident artists live and work on the festival’s growing creative compound in downtown Wilmington and become immersed in coastal North Carolina Culture. Help us bring the coolest cats from around the world so they can fall in love with the Port City!

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    Working Films Strategy Sessions

    We'll organize a one-hour meeting with our friends at Working Films to connect you with resources to strengthen your doc's community engagement strategy. For the last 20 years, Working Films has helped filmmakers to use their documentaries to reach critical audiences and move the dial toward meaningful progress on the biggest issues of our time.

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    Two VIP Tickets to Dance-a-lorus

    You'll get the VIP treatment with an invite to our opening cocktail party, a special pass to the filmmakers lounge, and even two Opening Night Party passes are included. Now you have a reason to jive, bop, and boogie-woogie.

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    Your Name on the Big Screen

    Join the fierce family of humans who drop down big bucks to support Cucalorus every year. We couldn't do it without you! Your name will appear with about 19 other backers on the screen before every film! Hey Nancy! I see you up there.

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    Pegasorus Pass, Kickstarter Exclusive

    Become a major donor and grab a Pegasorus pass with: Cuc25 Tshirt, Cuc25 Freaker, and a limited edition Cuc25 poster. We'll also put your name on the big screen as one of our top donors. This is a special package for all you lovely Cucalorians.

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    Half page program guide ad!

    This is less than half the standard price for a program guide ad! Join our amazing sponsors and get a nice rectangle of full color to say whatever you want. Advertise your awesomeness to thousands of Cucalorus fans and attendees.

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    Megasorus Monster Sculptures

    This reward is available thanks to local artist Dumay Gorham. Take home a piece of Cucalorus history with one of these funky metal monsters. They're names are Jibasorus and Megasorus. We know you'll take good care of them! Approximately 9" tall and 16" wide, including tentacles!

    http://www.dumaygorham.com

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    Sunny Sunset Beach House for 1 Week

    Hey friends, Check out this deal! Usually rents for much more but just pledge $900 or more and have access to a beautiful beach house on Sunset Beach for one week in the off-season! Must be used within one year of this campaign. Subject to availability.

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    Your Name All Alone on the Silver Screen

    Be A Friend of the Foundation & Get Your Name on the Silver Screen! Your dreams have come true! Gather all of your friends because your name is on the big screen! That's right, you finally have the chance to trick them into thinking you are famous!!

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    Introduce a Film at Cucalorus

    You have three minutes to introduce one of the films at Cucalorus! Tell a story, sing a song, or dance like nobody is watching! The time is YOURS!!

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    Top Dog Donor

    You've earned it! Now share some with us! We're the scrappiest little machine in the city. We organize hundreds of events on a modest budget and share laughter and love all over NC. Help us make it happen for another year or more. We'll thank you with your name on a single slide before every screening and we'll fill you up a bag full of swag that will make you blush. Cucalorus loves you!

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    Grand Poobah with Reserved Seating

    The Grand Poobah gets the royal treatment with concierge festival service and reserved seating for any event. This special reward comes with all the swag and an endless stream of Cucalorus love and attention.

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    Compass Bracelets

    "Wear It. Share It. Change the World." Heart-centered Wilmington startup, Compass Bracelets, will be part of the 10x10 Challenge at Cucalorus 25! This sweet little bracelet wants to start it's journey with YOU. Learn more: https://compassbracelets.com/

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    Limited Edition Cucalorus Beanie

    "J's on my feet
    So get like me"
    Be hot like Jordan and get your Cucalorus Beanie TODAY. #MJ #23

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    Private Sneak Peek at new Ken Burns doc

    You'll get one ticket to this very special (and private) pre-broadcast screening of the upcoming Ken Burns documentary, Country Music, with special video introduction from Ken. Includes pre-screening cocktails and a few other surprises. Limited seating!

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    Hilary Campbell Dog Cartoons!

    Check out this sweet little collection of drawings by New Yorker Cartoonist Hilary Campbell. Take your pic of this sweet collection of drawings ranging in size from 4"x4" to 13"x9". Click on the image to the left to see them all!

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    60 minute Massage with Emily Burdette

    Fo realz yo! We love you so much that we're gonna give you the chance to take a break and experience a life changing, invigorating, stress reducing massage with the one and only Emily Burdette. When Emily isn't relieving your muscle stressage, she's writing songs and even working in our box office!!!

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    Mont Blanc Pen - Special Edition

    Mont Blanc Pen - Homage to Mozart
    Mont Blanc Pen - Homage to Chopin

    These special edition pens are rare and gorgeous! Have you ever truly experienced the smooth glide of a luxurious pen? I didn't think so. This luxury ballpoint pen could be yours...today.

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    Festival Concierge service with Rachel

    Programming Director Rachel Taylor will give you a guided tour of the festival schedule and will help you to discover your favorite films while also making sure that you're hitting all the secret parties. Get the inside scoop from the festival curatorial guru.

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    Massage with Kristen Dempsey

    Let massage therapist Kristen Dempsey smooth all the rough edges out with a 60 minute massage at your home.

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    Skateboard Package by Warehouse

    Ditch the car, ditch the bike -- ride around town in style. Board Chair Mike Duncan mails skateboards to punks all over the galaxy when he's not building rad websites for big surf brands. So he donated these two sweet rolls so that someone out there could shred some pavement on their way to Cucalorus. We'll customize these to your liking with some Cucalorus graffiti.

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    Surf Camp for Four by Jo Pickett

    Surf Camp for Four with Legendary East Coast Surfer Jo Pickett

    Former U.S. national short board champion, U.S. senior women’s champion, Eastern Surfing Association champion, and popular North Carolina surfing coach now shares waves with the very surfers she has mentored over the past 22 years.

    Must be used by August 2020. Subject to availability.
    www.crystalsouthsurfcamp.com

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    Pegasorus Pass - VIP Sizzler!

    We are offering you a special perk just for helping us cross the finish line. These suckers normally cost $350 so we have just a pair. Snap one up to get full access to all the amazing, weird and wonderful delights at this fall's 25th anniversary Cucalorus Festival. Hang On! Slang On!

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    Julia's Florist Wine and Design

    This reward is available thanks to Julia's Florist, who has been creating awesome monster flower arrangements for the festival for years. Treat yourself and up to 5 friends to a evening of flower design, adult refreshments, and fun at Julia's Florist in Wilmington, NC.

    Reward must be used by May 2020 and subject to scheduling availability. www.juliasflorist.com

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    Big Sky Design Consultation

    Big Sky Design will give you the inside scoop on the latest trends and the happiest colors for your fabrics and walls!!! This 1-hour in-home accessory styling and placement comes with a $150 credit at Big Sky Design and Studio. * In-home consultation available in Wilmington only.

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    Jengo's Playhouse rental

    Host your next birthday party at Jengo's Playhouse! Or plan a perfect cookout and movie with your friends. Keep the magic going anytime of year by crafting your own special experience at the Cucalorus community cinema and headquarters. Time to play friends!

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