13 filmmakers receive grants from a local film association

The Cucalorus Film Foundation gave $11,000 to 13 filmmakers as part of its Filmed in NC fund. (Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON — More than a dozen people will receive funding to help them complete their film projects, thanks to the Cucalorus Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization that oversees the local festival each November.

Thirteen filmmakers – whose projects do not exceed budgets of $250,000 – have received financial support from the Filmed in NC Fund. The $11,000 distributed evenly to recipients was made possible through Cucalorus’ partnership with the NC Film Office and a donation from Artless Media in conjunction with The Magnifying Glass.

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Projects are supported with funds ranging from $500 to $3,000 per project.

The 2022 Silver Slice supports narrative, documentary and experimental film projects, particularly to support female and non-binary, African American and Latino filmmakers.

The The Filmed in NC program was launched in 2015 with the goal of increasing independent production activity and supporting works by emerging artists who could benefit outside of the major studio system.

The 2022 scholarship recipients are:

  • “May the Lord watch over” — feature-length documentary by Holland Gallagher, which chronicles the rise, breakup and reunion of rap group Little Brother
  • “Quiet as it is kept” – feature documentary by Sarah Sloan, follows choreographer Kevin Lee-Y Green as he produces a dance performance in his rural hometown, capturing his experiences with Blackess, sexual trauma and southern culture
  • “North on Thurmond” — feature documentary by Ivan Weiss and Cagney Gentry that tells the story of a neighborhood through personal memories and the sights and sounds of its streets
  • “Bloom” — feature documentary by Elizabeth Miller-Derstine which follows four doulas and the mothers they defend. He wonders why a country that values ​​personal freedom limits how parents exercise it at birth
  • “Gabriella” – short story by Evelyn Lorena, which focuses on a young, undocumented Guatemalan woman who dreams of joining the country club’s swim team in the southern United States
  • “Memory” – narrative feature by Tiffany Albright, about a photographer who finds herself at the heart of a sinister ritual when she is hired to document a family hike for the last people to see her living sister
  • “The Creation of Nuevo South” – a television series by Rodrigo Dorfman that explores Southern history from the perspective of the Latino immigrant experience
  • “The Gas Station Around The Corner” – short story by Ashley Maria and Kate E. Hinshaw, centered on the weekly “child change”, common to divorced parents
  • “Teflon Body Rot” — an experimental film by Kate E. Hinshaw, explores the human cost of an industry that has poisoned coastal Carolina water
  • “What happened to Ottie B. Graham?” – a narrative element by Aileen Lassister, is the journey in search of the story gaps in the life of the filmmaker’s great-grandmother
  • “Long drive to Yadkin” – Narrative feature film by Parrish Stikeleather which tells the story of a recently widowed Bible salesman on a journey to reconnect with his estranged son
  • “Carousel” – experimental stop-motion animation by Justin Lacy, on three original songs about a bee, a beekeeper and a pollinator caught in a loop
  • “Fading Ink” – short story by Tylen Watts, is about a memorial shirt printer coming to terms with the vulnerability of fatherhood

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