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Cucalorus announces new films, festival details

September 18, 2013

YellowBrix

Sept. 18--With Wilmington's Cucalorus Film Festival 19 less than two months away, organizers have announced another slew of film selections and some new details about what to expect from this year's festivities.

Monday, the annual showcase for independent filmmakers named 10 films included in this year's "Works-In-Progress" program. For these ongoing projects, filmmakers will be on hand to screen footage that ranges from nearly finished works to a collection of scenes. Seven North Carolina filmmakers are represented this year.

Notable selections include "Rodents of Unusual Size," a documentary about the 20-pound swamp rats endangering Louisiana wetlands; "Wilmington on Fire," a look at the 1898 race riots in the Port City; "The Real Black Swans," which looks at the world of ballet; and "Tommy! The Dreams I Keep Inside Me," about a 60-year-old autistic man who dreams of singing big band music.

Before these films screen at the festival, organizers will hold private viewings with community organizations during which filmmakers can get feedback.

This year's festival, which runs Nov. 13-17, will begin on a Wednesday night at Thalian Hall with the popular Dance-a-lorus, which pairs choreographers with filmmakers for a blended exhibition of talent. It's the first time Dance-a-lorus has opened the festival, Cucalorus director Dan Brawley said. Film screenings will begin on the following Thursday morning.

Other venues confirmed for the festival are City Stage, Jengo's Playhouse and TheatreNOW. With the July closing of downtown Wilmington music venue The Soapbox, which was used by Cucalorus as a venue for bands, parties and screenings several times over the years, Ziggy's By the Sea on Market Street will act as a new venue this year. Ziggy's will host the festival's "Visual Soundwalls" music video showcase and host a special night of karaoke.

Brawley said Cucalorus also is encouraging sponsors to hold their own parties to increase the number of events each night.

Fans of the festival who want to contribute to the not-for-profit organization can donate to the festival's Kickstarter campaign, which runs through Sept. 29. By visiting Cucalorus' page on the popular fundraising site, fans can pledge money toward a $23,000 goal. Money raised will go directly to the filmmakers represented at the festival and the equipment needed to screen the films.

Discount passes can be purchased through Sept. 29 at www.Cucalorus.org.

Hunter Ingram: 343-2327

On Twitter: @WilmonFilm

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