Cucalorus Film Festival enters 27th year with Racer Trash, Porcupine, Giving Birth to A Butterfly and more


Posted: October 15, 2021 at 1:23 PM EDT|Update: 17 minutes ago

WILMINGTON, North Carolina, October 15, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The official calendar for the 27th Annual Cucalorus Film Festival came out and Tickets are now on sale for all events. The festival will feature 126 films ranging from crazy comedies to intense dramas and daring documentaries to plain weird cinema. Screenings will take place at Thalian Hall as well as at the recently renovated Jengo’s Playhouse. The newly opened Hi-Wire Brewing, where the festival will feature free live music every night, will start with Lotus Sun on Wednesday at the launch party sponsored by Brooks pierce.

Film selections range from The Oxy Kingpins, an in-depth examination of the opioid crisis and the role that pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors play in making this epidemic, to Giving birth to a butterfly, an expressive cult classic in the making. Founding resident artist Matt hulse returns to the festival with its family history fractured by kaleidoscopy – Sound for the future. filmmakers CN DL Anderson and Matt Durning feature document Stay prayed, commemorates the legendary NC gospel group “The Branchettes” and the fearless conductor Lena mae perry. Porcupine, a quirky and sweet comedy-drama, starring Donnie Darko‘s Jena Malone, tells the real story of an adult woman who proposes to be adopted and will make her American premiere in Cucalorus. Audiences will be in a mad rush with the Canadian writer-director, that of Katie Boland We’re all in the same boat, where Boland plays the role of twins in a ‘stranded’ family in viral stardom.

Singer-songwriter and member of the Lumbee / Tuscarora tribe Charly lowry will be performing at Hi-Wire Brewing just hours after our special screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary, Rumble: the Indians who rocked the world, which celebrates the indigenous influence on Rock n ‘Roll, in particular the legendary Link Wray, a Shawnee of Dunn, North Carolina. And finally, the festival offers a sweet selection of short films organized in blocks named after famous clowns. Check Jojo shorts block on Thalian’s main stage with a collection of truly original shorts that showcase new work from professors and students of the UNCW Film Studies Program. The complete program of films is available on Take a Pegasaurus Pass for only $ 200 to access the entire film program, as well as parties and other events.

Proof of vaccination will be required for all Cucalorus Film Festival attendees. Cucalorus is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, City of Wilmington, New County of Hanover, University of North Carolina Wilmington, the National Foundation for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council and more than 70 local businesses.

Cucalorus is a multidisciplinary organization that supports emerging and innovative artists through an annual film festival, two regional festivals, a residency program, a community cinema, an outdoor film series and education programs for young people. Cucalorus brings people together to celebrate, discover and create. The annual festival provides a non-competitive environment to support independent filmmakers, performing artists, and community organizers who use storytelling to transform our world. More information is available at

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