Cucalorus Announces 13 Filmmakers Receive Filmed in NC Grants Ahead of Annual Festival – WWAY NewsChannel 3 | Episode Movies

Parrish Stikeleather and crew on the set of Long Drive to Yadkin (Photo: Tanner Benton)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Thirteen North Carolina filmmakers have been selected to receive financial support from the Filmed in NC Fund.

The Filmed in NC Fund is supported by the NC Film Office and a gift from Artless Media in association with The Magnifying Glass. This year’s initiative supports narrative, documentary and experimental film projects at all stages of production, with a focus on growing support for female and non-binary African American and Latino filmmakers.

The program was created in 2015 to increase independent production activity and to support the work of emerging and independent artists who may be working outside of the large studio system.

One of the recipients is Parrish Stikeleather, who is working on a film called Long Drive to Yadkin. Born and raised in Wilmington, the now 34-year-old’s first short film was shown at Cucalorus when he was 17.

“It means a lot to me to have the support of the festival that I’ve attended since I was in high school for my first feature film. It means a lot,” Stikeleather said.

The film tells the story of a recently widowed Bible seller on a journey to reconnect with his estranged son. It’s still in pre-production, but the film crew was able to shoot a scene for the film at Hughes Brothers Tires on Market Street on Sunday.

“Even as a child I wanted to film something there. I used to go down the street to Gregory Elementary School and we did field trips to the Cape Fear Museum and I used to check it out. I loved it as a kid and we got to shoot there on Sundays, which was really cool,” said Stikeleather.

Long Drive to Yadkin won’t be ready for the upcoming Cucalorus Film Festival November 16-20, but it might be ready for next year’s festival. More information about the project can be found here.

The complete list of scholarship holders 2022:

  • May the Lord Watch, a documentary film directed by Shirlette Ammons that chronicles the rise, dissolution and reunion of the rap group Little Brother

  • Quiet as It’s Kept, a documentary directed by Sarah Sloan, follows choreographer Kevin Lee-Y Green in a dance performance in his rural hometown, chronicling his experiences of blackness, sexual trauma and Southern culture.

  • North on Thurmond, a 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, a documentary by Elizabeth Miller-Derstine that follows four doulas and the mothers they serve. It questions why a country that values ​​personal freedom restricts how parents exercise it at birth.

  • Gabriela, a short story by Evelyn Lorena, which focuses on a young undocumented Guatemalan who dreams of joining the swim team at the country club in the American South

  • Keepsake, a narrative feature film directed by Tiffany Albright, is about a photographer who finds herself at the heart of a dark ritual when she is hired to document a family trek so the last people will see her sister alive.

  • The Making of the Nuevo South, a television series directed by Rodrigo Dorfman that examines the history of the South from the perspective of the Latino immigrant experience

  • The Corner Gas Station, a short story by Ashley Maria and Kate E. Henshaw, focuses on the weekly “child swap” common to divorced parents.

  • Teflon Body Rot, an experimental film directed by Kate E. Henshaw, explores the human cost of an industry that is polluting the waters of the Carolina coast.

  • What Happened to Ottie B. Graham?, a feature film directed by Aileen Lassister, is a journey to find the historical gaps in the life of the filmmaker’s great-grandmother.

  • Long Drive to Yadkin, a narrative feature film directed by Parrish Stikeleather, tells the story of a recently widowed Bible seller on a journey to reconnect with his estranged son

  • Carousel by Justin Lacy is an experimental stop motion animation featuring three original songs about a bee, a beekeeper and a pollinator caught in an endless loop.

  • Fading Ink, a short story by Tylen Watts, is about a commemorative shirt printer who grapples with the vulnerability of fatherhood.

The 28th Annual Cucalorus Film Festival will be held November 16-20 in downtown Wilmington.

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