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!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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