Cucalorus Festival marks homecoming for ‘Drought’ movie

Cucalorus Festival marks homecoming for ‘Drought’ movie

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Drought, from filmmakers Hannah Black and Megan Petersen, will be featured in the Cucalorus Festival, marking a homecoming for the movie which was filmed in Wilmington in 2018.

Drought is set in North Carolina in 1993, as the state experiences a historic drought. It follows the story of a teen with autism who is fascinated by the weather and predicts that a storm will soon hit nearby. His sister crafts a plan to help him chase the storm, stealing their mother’s ice cream truck to embark on a road trip about family, forgiveness, and following your dreams.

“We really wanted to highlight that there is no such thing as normal, whether you are on the autism spectrum or you feel like you are different, our hope is that people will celebrate differences,” Black said.

The making of the film was a dream come true for Black and Peterson.

The two won a film making competition and the Duplass Brothers, Mark and Jay, signed on to executive produce the film. The two are Emmy winning producers, directors, writers and actors.

The filmmakers starred in the movie, alongside brothers from Wilmington, Drew and Owen Scheid.

“We did a national casting call and at this point we had already cast Louis and that was the actor Drew Scheid,” Peterson said. “He came to us after he got the script and he said, ‘I think my brother should audition for this role.’ We ended up auditioning Owen and he is on the autism spectrum and a film studies student at UNCW, where we will be having our drive in. It’s really cool how full circle that came and that Drew and Owen, who are siblings, get to be in a movie together about siblings.”

Drought will be screened as a drive-in movie at the parking lot outside UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m.

“I think what Cucalorus is doing is really special,” said Black. “We have yet to see our film on the big screen because when we started doing festivals, that’s when the pandemic hit. So, it’s really exciting to be able to see an audience, even if it’s in your car which is kind of neat and retro anyway, and be able to feel everyone watching a movie together.”

The complete Cucalorus schedule, which is from Nov. 11-25, can be found here. Much of the festival is virtual this year due to the pandemic.

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