WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The highly anticipated independent Cucalorus Film Festival kicks off Wednesday with a roster full of dance films and music videos at Thalian hall for "Dance-a-lorus."
Dance-a-lorus is a full program with master classes and a special curated screening of short films about dance.
Organizers have been building their dance program for years through a partnership with the local choreographers collective The Dance Cooperative.
There will also be a music video program called Visual/Sound/Walls -- a multimedia environment with screens on every wall and live music, featuring 43 of the "hottest" music videos on the planet playing at Dance-a-lorus.
Cucalorus Executive Director Dan Brawley said there are a lot of big names expected to come out to this year's festival.
"We're screening Bobcat Goldthwait's new film Willow Creek, a great found footage film in the same vein as Blair Witch Project -- a guy drags his girlfriend on a journey to find bigfoot," explained Brawley. "Bobcat is one of the best American independent directors. He'll be here on Thursday to introduce the film and do a Q&A. "
Nearly 300 volunteers and staff this year worked to get the festival ready for the kickoff Wednesday.
Out of more than 200 independent pieces showing this year, more than 50 have North Carolina ties. These films include Brew Your Own, a short film about an amateur home brewer, giving you a look into the world of craft beer in the Port City.
Don't Know Yet is another local film directed by UNCW film studies lecturer, Terry Linehan.
"It's a love letter to North Carolina. From the mountains to the sea, you'll see familiar scenery and places throughout the feature," said Linehan.
The film is about a heart-broken man who goes on a road trip. Along the way, he picks up some hitchhikers and they are the ones who end up deciding the rest of the journey.
Dan Brawley mentioned a few more of the film highlights to keep your eye out for when looking at the film schedules:
Revenge of the Mekons
It's a documentary about the underground musical legends THE MEKONS. Three members of the band will be at the screening and will be performing at the Midnite Brunch later that night.
A Short History of Decay
This was shot in Wilmington and stars actress Linda Lavin. The film just had its world premiere at the Hamptons Film Festival.
Short Term 12
This film won the audience award at SXSW Film Festival and has been the breakout hit on the festival circuit. This stars Brie Larson.
This film is said to be an incredible southern story about revenge and family. It was shot in Virginia.
This is a comedy about air sex (like air guitar, but, well different).
The Animal Project
Cucalorus is hosting the US premiere of this Canadian indie film. a great ensemble drama about a group of actors who put on furry animal costumes and head out into the world.
Cucalorus organizers describe it as "an official Oscar entry from Norway. So weird and so good."
The Zigzag Kid
A kid is kidnapped by his grandfather and taken on a journey to discover his past. Features a cameo by Isabella Rosellini.
Other local films:
Bound by Sea- Documentary about Indojax Surf Charity founder Jack Viorel and his daughter.
Something you can Call Home - Documentary about homelessness in Wilmington . Organizers say it's a "tearjerker."
Click here for the complete list of schedules, venues, show times, tickets and other festival information.
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