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Cucalorus presents “An Evening at the Oscars”

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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) - Get dressed to the nines and hit the red carpet – join Wilmington’s film industry insiders at the Cucalorus Film Foundation’s second ever “An Evening at the Oscars.” The ruggedly independent film festival has long been known for showcasing brave and bold filmmakers, but now there’s a little glitz and glamour in the Cucalorus closet.

This February 27th from 7:30-11:00pm Cucalorus will host “An Evening at the Oscars” at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside. We’ll be enjoying the Academy Awards in style on giant screens with food and cocktails by manna, a Red Carpet paparazzi gauntlet hosted by Style Girl Jess James, a cash-prize Oscar pool, a curated silent auction, and other fun surprises. The Oscar pool is a perfect way to show support for Cucalorus, test your penchant for film and win some extra cash. Red Carpet coverage by Jess James and Best Dressed declared by Edge of Urge. Additionally, Cucalorus is proud to announce that two festival alumni have been nominated for Academy Awards this year. They include:

God of Love for

Best Short Film (Live Action): Luke Matheny. “God of Love” was a hit in the shorts program at Cucalorus this past fall. Director Luke Matheny traveled to Wilmington for the festival and noted, “Just wanted to thank you for a great time at Cucalorus. I’ll definitely recommend the festival to all my filmmaker friends.”

Dogtooth for

Best Foreign Film: Greece. “Dogtooth” made it’s US premier at the 2009 Cucalorus Film Festival. Festival director Dan Brawley commented, “We’re really proud to have been the launching pad for such an important film. “Dogtooth” is such a powerful work and a good example of the kind of artists that Cucalorus supports.”

“An Evening at the Oscars” is a fundraiser to support the foundation’s annual Cucalorus Film Festival. Proceeds from the event will help to pay for technical fees, filmmaker travel and other costs associated with producing the 17th annual Cucalorus Film Festival being held November 10-13, 2011 in downtown Wilmington. The Cucalorus Film Festival is an anchor in the arts for Southeastern North Carolina. It is one of the most visible and most exciting cultural events in the region and offers attendees an international filmmaking experience. Cucalorus has a strong impact on our local economy - more than five million dollars annually - and has become a big draw for tourists, businesses and individuals considering a move to Wilmington. Cucalorus is also an essential resource for the development of the film industry in North Carolina because the festival introduces hundreds of filmmakers to the amazing locations and extensive infrastructure for film production in our region. We are the largest festival in the Carolinas, exhibiting more films than any other festival in either state and bringing filmmakers from all over the globe to our city.

Cucalorus is made possible by hundreds of generous supporters (members, sponsors, festival passholders, etc) who value the arts and make an annual investment in our cultural community. Wilmington's most valuable and diverse artistic heritage is in film. Cucalorus is the most significant non-profit supporting and promoting independent film in our region, and it creates opportunities for people to participate in the arts. But Cucalorus is a small, grass-roots non-profit organization. We operate with a budget that is about one-third the size of comparable festivals. Funds we receive from various sponsors are not enough to cover our most basic operating expenses, including our staff, which donates a great deal of their time and is paid a fraction of what they deserve. Cucalorus invites you to support this critical arts organization by being one of 250 ticket holders to spend the evening at this unforgettable party. Tickets are $125 for individuals and $1250 for sponsor tables of eight.

By attending this party you are helping ensure the survival of Wilmington’s coolest (and most glamorous!) annual international arts event. For more information visit www.cucalorus.org or call (910) 343-5995.

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