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Wilmington's Cucalorus Film Festival unleashes schedule of 207 films, filled with cats, dancing, and getting old

October 22, 2013


WILMINGTON, N.C., Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cucalorus Film Festival, presented by PNC, unleashes its full schedule of screenings, artistic interventions and parties! More than 200 features, docs and shorts are presented as part of the Magnolia, Vanguard, Voices, Works-in-Progress, Midnight Madness and Shorts Programs. The festival will feature five World Premiers and an additional 24 Southern or Southeastern US Premiers.

Set in Florida but lensed in the Wilmington area late last year, Michael Maren's directorial debut, A Short History of Decay, will have its Southern US Premier on Thursday, November 14 at Thalian Main. The dark comedy had its World Premier last week at the Hamptons Film Festival. Former Wilmington resident Linda Lavin delivers a solid performance as a mother and wife struggling with the realities of Alzheimer's.

Redwood Highway, directed by Gary Lundgren (Calvin Marshall, CucFF 2009), features a beautiful performance from Shirley Knight, who plays a woman struggling with her increasing lack of independence in her later years. An extended conversation with Knight and Lundgren will follow the screening on Saturday, November 16 at 4pm, Thalian Main.

Fresh from its World Premier at the Toronto Film Festival, Ingrid Veninger's The Animal Project, a charming ensemble comedy, will have its US Premier on Friday, November 15 at City Stage Theater. Full of inspiring surf footage and a touching testimony to local surfing legend Jack Viorel, Bound By Sea (directed by Nate Daniel) will have its World Premier on Saturday, November 16 at 10am, Thalian Main.

Foreign language Academy contenders Borgman (Netherlands) and Boy Eating the Birds Food (Greece) join Scandinavian deep sea diving thriller Pioneer on the list of 31 international films. SXSW audience award winner Short Term 12 returns to the festival (Director Destin Cretton's short of the same title screened at Cucalorus in 2009). Blue Ruin headlines the Midnight Madness program and charming comedy The Zigzag Kid fills the festival's new slot for a Sunday afternoon family film (ages 11 and up).

The festival opens on Wednesday with Dance-a-lorus, a growing program of performances, screenings and workshops exploring the intersection between dance and film. Visual/Sound/Walls, the Bus to Lumberton and more than 125 short films round out the festival schedule.

Go to our press page for press kits and dozens of hi-res photos from the films. For full info about festival events, visit

Contact: Dan Brawley 1-910-343-5995

SOURCE Cucalorus Film Festival

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