Cucalorus Is Not Cancelled

by Nov 4, 2020Across the Cape Fear, Art & Culture, North Brunswick

The 26th annual Cucalorus Film Festival will be a hybrid format of live online events, streaming films online and drive-in movie screenings.

Cucalorus Film Festival 2020

Cucalorus Film Festival is taking a new approach to its 26th year with a hybrid format of live online events, streaming films online and drive-in movie screenings at Curbside Cinema at UNC Wilmington. The festival is expanding dates to span 15 days of celebrating cinema and the artists behind the works from November 11 to 25. Earlier this month, the festival released early selections and now announces the full lineup totaling 95 films, with everything from heartwarming dramas and important documentaries to obscure shorts and the just plain zany.

With a total of eight documentary features, there is a nonfiction film for everyone with stories about Black undertakers, visionary Southern art and immigration rights. Selections include The Passing On produced by N.C.-based filmmaker Lana Garland, and Megan Daniel’s heartwarming portrait of four transgender ministers called Proper Pronouns.

Ten narrative films round out the features program with Sabrina Mertens’ Time of Moulting headlining the Convulsions program hosted by Aaron Hillis. Danny Madden’s debut feature Beast Beast is an inventive and critical look at social media produced by Benjamin Wiessner. Filmmaker and Dancer Carla Forte’s experimental feature Conjeo (Rabbit) dives deep into the creative process as an actress and director spiral into darkness as they embody the title character: the rabbit.

If you’ve been to Cucalorus, you know short films are the heartbeat of the programming, highlighting new and emerging filmmakers. Sticking with this year’s theme, all of the 77 shorts have been curated into blocks named after mushrooms. Grab a ticket for the King Oyster Shorts block which includes Brother an award-winning film from Ya’Ke Smith. Then head over to the Gassy Webcap Shorts about preserving and understanding the land to check out local filmmaker Andre Silva’s Tides. Make sure to join the live filmmaker Q&As which take place on Zoom each night at 8 pm.

Cucalorus 2020 Wilmington NC

Festival selections include 28 films by Black directors, 57 films directed by women, seven films by Latinx artists and six films by Indigineous/American Indian filmmakers. The full lineup is available at and you can grab an online pass for just $50 to see the online film selections. Please note not all films will play online as select films are drive-in only. Individual film tickets and drive-in tickets will be available on October 14.

The Cucalorus Film Festival is sponsored by the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County, University of North Carolina Wilmington, National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council and more than 45 local businesses.

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