Cucalorus Summer Series
$8 – $12, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
7/16: Benedict Fancy • 7/23: Meg Lansaw
Jengo’s Playhouse • 815 Princess St.
The 17th annual cucalorus Film Festival may not be until November, but local cinephiles still have a reason to rejoice in the summer heat. On July 16th and 23rd, the fourth annual Local Focus installment of the Cucalorus Summer Series will celebrate the productions of two local filmmakers at Jengo’s Playhouse. The Summer Series profiles Wilmington-based filmmakers who have feature films in production by screening a retrospective of their work.
On the 16th, the work of Benedict Fancy will be showcased. From across the pond, Fancy is an award-winning filmmaker from England who currently teaches film studies and video production classes at Cape Fear Academy. His current project is a feature-length documentary about the 25th anniversary of David Lynch’s cult classic “Blue Velvet,” which was shot in Wilmington in 1985. At the end of the night, Fancy will screen a short excerpt of teaser footage of “It’s a Strange World—The Filming of Blue Velvet.”
According to Fancy, the documentary archives the stories and experiences from the film crew who helped create Lynch’s bizarre and haunting masterpiece. It also highlights the film’s influence on Hollywood East’s film industry.
Meg Lansaw will conclude the Local Focus Summer Series on the 23rd. Lansaw is a director, writer and producer from West Virginia who began her career in the entertainment industry when she moved to Wilmington in 2001 and launched her production company, Kissin’ Cousins Productions. Her short films have been screened by several film festivals across the U.S., including the L.A. Shorts Fest, the largest short film festival in the world.
Lansaw currently serves as the secretary of Cucalorus Film Festival’s Board of Directors and as festival shorts programmer. Recently, she has worked as a production assistant on various projects, such as “Eastbound and Down,” “The Secret Life of Bees” and “Nights in Rodanthe.”
Lansaw will be premiering footage from “11:11” on the 23rd. The film received the second-place award for Best Screenplay at the 2008 Appalachian Film Festival. Lansaw described the film as “a narrative ensemble piece about the interconnectivity of lives and the effects timing and decision-making have on destiny.”
The screenings begin at
7 p.m. 8 p.m. and end at 11 p.m. on both nights. Snacks will be served, and specialty drinks and beer will also be available. Tickets will be available online at etix.com for $8, and at the door for $12; Cucalorus members get in for free. All proceeds will be shared between the filmmaker and Cucalorus Film Foundation.