When: Thu., Nov. 11 2010
Multiple venues in Wilmington—If the cultural offerings in the Triangle aren't enough to keep you in town this weekend, consider making the trip to Wilmington (where it's seven degrees warmer in November) for the Cucalorus Film Festival. Now in its 16th year, it starts today and runs through Sunday, with nearly 50 features and more than 100 shorts on tap.
There's a palpable coziness to the festival, a warm, hospitable vibe. No awards are given out, so "laid back and low down rule the day," as the festival website says. But don't let the good cheer and whimsical names—e.g., the Pegasorus festival pass, the Tumblebug shorts program—lead you to underestimate the quality of cinema on offer. In parallel to Wilmington's rise as a film industry hub, Cucalorus has developed an increasingly high profile in the festival world, with many entries coming from overseas. Four films from last year's fest (including Lee Daniels' Precious) received 10 Oscar nominations among them.
About a dozen Triangle filmmakers will present their work this year, including Raleigh's Marc Russo and Chapel Hill's Francesca Talenti (co-creators of Daphne 2.0); Pittsboro's Mark Barroso (A Puppet Intervention) and Durham's Kenny Dalsheimer (A New Kind of Listening); and Charles Thompson (Brother Towns). Tickets are $10 for individual screenings and $15 for premium screenings. Most of the festival passes are already sold out.—Marc Maximov