The Residency provides housing for artists at the festival's growing creative compound in downtown Wilmington. Artists live at one of the festival's three residency buildings - the Pink House, Yolohaus, and the Cottage - and are nurtured by the creative team that plots and schemes the annual film festival in downtown Wilmington - one of the best small cities in America for filmmakers. All resident artists are given free housing and administrative support from staff along with access to the microcinema for events.

Special consideration is given to filmmakers whose projects are capitalizing on the unique assets found in Wilmington - ranging from the river to the ocean and including the rich array of humanoids who live here. The Residency is intended to be a catalyst for new work and for discovering new ways of creating. Cucalorus gives people the freedom to take risks!

To learn more about the residency, or to apply for the next session, email Or feel free to give us a shout at 910-343-5995.


Resident Artists

jen ray, summer 2015

addison adamsJen Ray is the Owner and Director of Dancinema Productions Ltd., a Vancouver, BC & Washington, DC based company fusing dance and cinema through productions, events, and education. Dancinema produces dancefilms, live performances, hosts Discover Dancinema workshops and the CASCADIA Dance & Cinema Festival. She has a B.A. in Film Studies and is an experienced choreographer dedicated to exploring and advancing the arts of dance and film through her creative and educational initiatives. Follow Dancinema Productions Ltd. at or on any of the major social media platforms (FB, Insta, Twitter).



jackie olive, summer 2015

Jacqueline Olive is a filmmaker and multimedia producer who co-directed and produced the award-winning documentary, Black to Our Roots, which broadcast on PBS WORLD. After receiving a master’s degree from the University of Florida Documentary Institute in 2007, Jackie interned with MacArthur “Genius” Fellow director, Stanley Nelson. She then worked on the production team of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, Independent Lens, and the PBS WORLD series, Global Voices. In 2011, Jackie founded Tell It Media to create documentaries that tell nuanced stories of the people, places and cultures that make up our diverse world. She learned multimedia production as a fellow with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) and the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC). Always in Season, a documentary feature produced and directed by Jackie, is a transmedia project that uses film and an immersive 3D virtual reality experience to reach a broad audience with integrated cross-platform storytelling about the lingering impact of more than a century of lynching African Americans. To learn more about Always in Season, visit

Jackie lives in Wilmington, NC, where film fuses with fun at the Cucalorus Film Festival. In November 2015, Jackie coordinated community engagement for Cucalorus 21.


addison adams, fall 2014

addison adamsAddison Adams is a visual artist and experimental musician based in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Georgia in 2012, and has since continued developing his work in painting as well as his experimentation with sculpture, installation, performance art, and film. He has performed at the High Museum of Art, the Goat Farm Arts Center, MINT gallery, and has exhibited his paintings and video art throughout the Southeast.



ruth paxton, fall 2014

Paxton is an impassioned Scottish filmmaker and visual artist, who has made acclaimed award-winning shorts screened internationally.  She has received commissions from 9.88 films, DigiCult, the National Theatre of Scotland, Milan’s Festival Delle Lettere and Royal Philharmonic Society, and was selected as one of Canongate’s ‘Storytellers of The Future,’ last year.  A participant of various international Talent Labs and schemes, Ruth has also served as a Jury member for festivals and competitions.  She is currently in development across a number of dramatic projects. Paxton is represented by Mark Casarotto of Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.


rozalind macphail, fall 2014

Classically-trained flutist and multi-instrumental looping artist Rozalind MacPhail blends organic instrumentation and electronics through the aid of Ableton Live and her laptop. A native of Toronto Island, MacPhail has made guest flutist appearances with celebrated music artists: Yo La Tengo, Constantines, Elliott Brood, Lou Barlow and more. From composing at the Banff Centre to performing at the Dawson City International Short Film Festival to touring solo across Canada, Rozalind is now based in St. John's, Newfoundland. MacPhail recently released Head First, a 5.1 DVD which combines her original music to 13 short silent films created by Canadian filmmakers.


shona thomson, summer 2014

Shona Thomson is an experienced film festival programmer and producer specialising in archive and silent film. She’s worked with the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and The Hippodrome cinema in Bo’ness – Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema at 102 years old - where she has produced the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema for the last four years:




Past Residents

joanna arnow, summer 2014

Joanna is a filmmaker based in Brooklyn, her hometown. Her personal documentary feature I HATE MYSELF :) has screened at festivals including Rooftop Films, SF Indiefest, NoBudge and Unknown Pleasures – it received the Audience Award at LES Film Festival and won the jury prize for Best Feature in the Northside Film Competition. Joanna has also made short films about acclaimed avant-garde dancers Eiko & Koma, as well as the development of Occupy Wall Street.


mariah kramer, summer 2014

Before becoming interested in film, Mariah worked in Manhattan at Fuse TV and The Martha Stewart Show. She eventually found herself in Portland, OR where she fell in love with documentary filmmaking and teaching. Mariah recently earned a MFA from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her films have screened at a variety of festivals throughout the country including, Cucalorus Film Festival, Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival, BolderLife Film Festival, The Loft Film Festival, and more.


jen west, spring 2014

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Jen West is a writer and director living in Atlanta, Georgia. She is known for Piece of Cake (2006), Crush (2011), Bubble (2013) and Call Me (2014 - music video for St. Paul and the Broken Bones). She wrote her feature script Electric Bleau as part of a creative residency with the Cucalorus Film Festival. Currently she is in preproduction for her next short, Little Cabbage.



 mandi edwards, spring 2014

Mandi Edwards is an indie filmmaker from the Shire of Somerset and the smallest city in England. Currently working a retail job to finance her projects and travel, she is hoping to work more behind-the-scenes at film festivals. She loves producing short docs and music videos, and shot Guns in the House during her time at Cucalorus in Spring '14. She is looking forward to showcasing this over the next year as her first 'zero-budget' project.


rebecca kenyon, founding member

British filmmaker Rebecca was happily resident throughout the making of her feature documentary, Something You Can Call Home, premiering at Cucalorus in 2013. She previously shot and directed a variety of projects, including the award-winning P.N.G Style, made with David Fedele about his solo journey through Papua New Guinea.

Currently shooting ITV documentary series Me and My Guide Dog, Rebecca’s short documentary Gallopers, following the families of Carters Steam Fair, will be completed in 2014.
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matthew hulse & elizabeth lawrence founding members

Maverick crazed filmmakers Hulse and Lawrence blasted into town with 'Tiny' Master K, digging deep in the dirt, clumsily turning and tripping over every stone, carving out a seedy bed for future residents. The 'Sid & Nancy' of their day, Hulse punched a hole clean through a wall, Lawrence wrecked a vintage automobile. Trees were planted, wormeries founded, bridges burned. The dust on Princes Street settles to this day. /