The Cucalorus Film Festival continues Friday and Saturday. In its 14 years the festival has gone from 16 local productions to about 150 films from around the world.
While most films screened at Cucalorus this year are American made, filmmakers from 16 foreign countries are represented, including Italy's Stefano Giannotti. He is making his second visit to the US. Both times he has come to Cucalorus.
"I saw Wilmington already in 'Cape Fear,' the film with Robert DeNiro," Giannotti said. "But when I came here, I didn't realize that I was in the same town."
He knows it now. And he knows there's value for his work coming to Wilmington.
"For me it is a big value because I'm coming from a small town in Italy, Lucca, where nothing really happens," he said. "Well, a lot of things happen, but they remain very local, and they don't have such an international breadth."
Cucalorus Foundation Board chair Bo Webb said: "It means that people who come to the festival can see what's going on in the rest of the world filmwise."
Webb helped start Cucalorus in 1994 and has watched it grow ever since. He says he is proud of how the festival's scale has increased without losing its original spirit. And he says the increase of foreign films like Giannotti's "Four Studies on Location and People" does more than put the festival on the international radar.
"It helps put the industry here on the map, as well," Webb said. "So in a way, we're trying to help sell Wilmington as a location for the larger film industry business, not just the independent film business."
"It's just like opening on the world," Giannotti said.
You can see Giannotti's short "Four Studies on Location and People" Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Cameron Art Museum.
For information on festival events, ticket information and screening times visit www.cucalorus.org.