More than 50 feature film have been selected to screen at the 2016 Cucalorus Film Festival and Connect Conference, taking place November 9 to 13, 2016 in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. The 22nd edition of the festival will also honor one of the local industry’s founding fathers with a special program called “Joe Dunton: The Big Picture Past and Present.”
Entering its second year, the Cucalorus Connect Conference showcases innovation driven leaders with more than 40 events covering industries like marine sciences, healthcare, film production, and financial services through the lens of technology and education. Organized through an ongoing partnership with UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and tekMountain, highlights include a keynote by Louis Foreman of Edison Nation, the 10×10 Challenge, a Virtual Reality Theater, Cuctails, and Port City Pitches.
Narrative selections include Ingrid Jungermann’s Women Who Kill (Best Screenplay for a U.S. Narrative, Tribeca Film Festival), Tim Sutton’s Dark Knight (inspired by the Colorado multiplex massacre) and Celia Rowlson-Hall’s mythical retelling of the Virgin Mary Myth Ma (Best Film, Sarasota Film Festival). Documentaries include Carrie Schrader’s Founders, an inspiring glimpse into the thirteen women who founded the LPGA. SXSW Grand Jury winner Tower retells the tragic story of America’s first mass school shooting. Generation Startup, directed by Academy Award Winner Cynthia Wade, follows six Venture for America fellows as they launch start-ups in Detroit.
16 shorts blocks cover thematic content (dance, comedy, horror) with aquatically-inspired names like Pufferfish, Dottyback, and Vampire Squid, and will include a special program of the best Canadian Shorts of the year curated by Lisa Haller, Senior Programming Associate at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The festival’s Works-in-Progress program, a workshop-style review of top social documentaries in-the-making, includes Jon-Sesrie Goff’s After Sherman, Nyijia July’s Just Us, Rhasaan Nichols’ Flint Water Crisis, Ricky Kelly’s A Tale of Two Beaches, and Natalie Bullock Brown’s Baartman, Beyoncé, and Me.