WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Lights, camera, action! The 18th annual Cucalorus Film Festival is taking center stage in Wilmington.
Tickets are on sale for all screenings and special events that will take place throughout the weekend during the festival.
At a screening Friday night, Revolution star Tim Guinee praised the film festival for the work it does to support filmmakers. Guinee plays Ben Matheson on the new NBC hit show, which is filming in Wilmington.
"It's one thing to complain about what's playing at the multiplex but unless you come somewhere like this you are not supporting the alternative," he said. "And the alternative is often there are a lot of great movies that we never get to see. So, festivals like Cucalorus are one way to support the art of filmmaking."
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The festival features more than 190 films from 15 different countries with programs focusing on dance, social justice, emerging filmmakers, music videos and North Carolina artists. Five venues around Wilmington will screen films with several other locations hosting events.
Director Dan Brawley said this year's lineup is the best yet, with the addition of more romantic comedies and lighter films to balance out the deeper, heavier entries.
"Cucalorus is like taking two years of cinematique and putting it into four days," he said. "There's nothing better than waking up, grabbing a cup of coffee and seeing a film first thing in the morning."
Festival highlights include Tom Donahue's documentary Casting By, a powerful film about Hollywood's revolutionary casting director Marion Dougherty; Michael Mohan's edgy romantic comedy Save the Date; and Myles Kane and Josh Koury's comedic documentary Journey to Planet X.
For a full listing of films and events, visit the festival website www.cucalorus.org.
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