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Cucalorus meets fundraising goal, reveals final lineup

September 30, 2013

YellowBrix

Sept. 30--It was a cheerful night for the Cucalorus Film Festival as the foundation celebrated the success of its Kickstarter fundraising campaign with its annual launch party Sunday night.

Held at 128 South, the party was open to anyone who supported the festival by giving $10 or more to the Kickstarter campaign. Over the course of the month-long fundraising effort, which began Aug. 30, the foundation raised $24,108 from 297 "backers" after setting a $23,000 goal. This year's campaign total surpassed the $20,410 raised last year.

Those who attended the party, which counted down to the 7:39 p.m. close of the campaign, were treated to a buffet of appetizers, photobooth and live music by The Blarney Brogues on the outdoor patio area and dancefloor.

The festival's finalized film lineup was also unveiled at the party. Notable final selections included "Short Term 12," a festival favorite that stars Brie Larson as the manager of a troubled youth home; "After Tiller," a stirring documentary about third-trimester abortions; and "The Sacrament," the latest horror film from director Ti West. Trailers for several of the films were screened at the party, along with a few short films and music videos.

This was the first year Angie Sealey, an AIG teacher at Freeman School of Engineering, contributed to the festival, but said she was happy to support the local foundation.

"As a teacher, supporting the arts is so important," Sealey said. "I am new to the area, so I try to find cultural events like Cucalorus that I can bring back to my students."

For Dan Brawley, the festival's director, the success of the Kickstarter campaign is just another sign of growth for the foundation.

"The most exciting part of the campaign is that we had almost 300 backers," Brawley said. "That is incredible and shows that our base of support is growing every year."

This year's Cucalorus Film Festival runs Nov. 13-17. For the festival's entire lineup of films and more information about tickets, visit the foundation's website at Cucalorus.org.

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