Food, music, funding top the bill at Cucalourus launch party

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  • What: Cucalorus Film Festival launch party
  • When: 5-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30
  • Where: 128 S. Front St., downtown Wilmington

Tickets: Free to those who pledge $5 or more to the festival’s Kickstarter campaign before the party, or at the door

Details: 343-5995 or Passes to Cucalorus are available at discounted rates until the launch party and can be purchased online.

This year’s Cucalorus Film Festival will begin with a celebration of those who help make the event possible.

The 18th annual festival, Nov. 8- 11 in downtown Wilmington, will kick off with a launch party from 5-9 p.m. Sunday for its donors, volunteers, pass holders, filmmakers and sponsors. The party will feature a cash bar, free food and music by The Carvers.

The first-time event also marks a final push by organizers to raise about $18,000 in donations for festival expenses on, a website where ordinary people back creative projects.

Cucalorus has until 7:37 p.m. on Sept. 30 to meet its $18,000 goal or lose all of its Web donations.

The party is open to anyone who pledges $5 or more on Kickstarter before the event or at the door, festival director Dan Brawley said.

“We wanted to create an event that was inexpensive where people could celebrate film. It’s also an opportunity to thank our sponsors,” he said. “From there, we’ll be working full tilt until the festival.”

A diverse slate

That’s not to say programmers haven’t already spent hours sifting through more than 1,000 films sent to the festival since it began accepting submissions this spring.

Programmers settled on about 50 early selections last week, but estimate that roughly 170 films will make the festival’s final cut, including independent and international films, music videos and special programs on North Carolina, Brawley said.

A nearly complete film list will be released during the launch party.