WILMINGTON –  Unique performances and events supported by local sponsors at Cucalorus 25 gave filmmakers, performers and attendees experiences that showcased the creativity and entrepreneurship of the Wilmington community.

White Rabbit Trips invited Connect participants to “follow us down the rabbit hole” at their pop-up meditation room in the lobby of the Brooklyn Arts Center. Photo: R Wright for Capitol Broadcasting ARR.


In OK GURGLE, an isolated woman depends upon an AI to schedule her day and interact with dating, shopping and health apps, unaware the AI is using all this data to assemble a profile of her preferences which it then uses to shape her online experiences. At the conclusion of the multi-media performance, actresses Alexis Powell and Candace Thompson provided a link to a site offering hints on “gurgle safety” before guiding the audience through several privacy procedures on their smartphones. Photo: R Wright for Capitol Broadcasting ARR.


North Carolina artist Sheila Kerrigan, who calls herself “the mime who talks,” explained String Theory and its message of connectivity through mime. Photo: R Wright for Capitol Broadcasting ARR.

Julia Law and her performance group explored “Animal Law” through dance. Photo: R Wright for Capitol Broadcasting ARR.



The Brooklyn Arts Center and Annex provided a home base for Cucalorus Connect in 2019. The former St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, built in 1888, has been renovated into venues suitable for a wide variety of meetings and events. The Edward Teach Brewery next door proved a convenient base for informal get-togethers among attending techies. Photo: R Wright for Capitol Broadcasting ARR.

Wilmington’s waterfront continues to evolve with hotels and businesses stretched along the RiverWalk. One of the newer entries includes the Marina Grill which offers both indoor and outdoor meeting venues, all with a view.

Social House Vodka, headquartered in Kinston, NC, designed and served five “cuck-tails” for Cucalorus, including the Venus Fly Trap which included a spoonful of fig butter. Photo: R Wright for Capitol Broadcasting ARR.

Wilmington bakery NothingBundtCakes provided mini bundtlets as dessert at several parties. Photo: R Wright for Capitol Broadcasting ARR.

N.SEA. Oyster Co. shucked its tasty Dukes, raised in the waters off Topsail Island, for the Filmmakers’ Party. Photo: R Wright for Capitol Broadcasting ARR.

In the days when engineers piloted trains, Wilmington was a railroad hub until 1960 when the Atlantic Coastline Railroad moved its headquarters to Florida. The Wilmington Railroad Museum details this history, besides providing a fun opportunity to interact with model railroads. Photo: R Wright for Capitol Broadcasting ARR.

Cucalorus filmmakers and pass holders mingled at a busy schedule of parties, cocktail hours and special events. This year’s special theme was the Venus Flytrap, native to the Wilmington region. Photo: R Wright for Capitol Broadcasting ARR.

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