Cucalorus Film Festival Honors Dino De Laurentiis Legacy

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De Laurentiis Retrospective celebrates the father of the NC Film Industry

The Cucalorus Film Festival will honor the immeasurable legacy of filmmaker Dino De Laurentiis, the father of the NC film industry, at this year’s 20th anniversary celebration— hosted November 12-16 in downtown Wilmington, NC. The festival’s De Laurentiis Retrospective includes five films produced by the internationally renowned filmmaker: War & Peace (1956) screens Nov. 13, King Kong (1976) screens Nov. 15, Flash Gordon (1980) screens Nov. 14, Crimes of the Heart (1996) screens Nov. 15 and Hannibal (2001) screens Nov. 16. De Laurentiis’ wife and producing partner, Martha, is scheduled to attend the Thalian Hall screening of Crimes of the Heart and participate in an extended Q&A session.

“While creating a retrospective on Dino De Laurentiis, we were struck with the epic nature of his filmmaking achievements,” recalls Retrospective Coordinator Beth Crookham. “In the early 1980s, Mr. De Laurentiis was looking for a site for his new film studio. As one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood with his name on over 190 movies, he could have picked anywhere in the world. He chose Wilmington and changed the landscape of this community and this state forever. The Dino legacy lives on in the world-class reputation of our crews and how they continue to make films today. It is truly an honor to curate this celebration of Mr. De Laurentiis.”

Overlapping with the festival’s newly launched outdoor film screening program, “Pop-Up Cinema”, screenings of the De Laurentiis-produced Flash Gordon and King Kong will take place November 14 and 15, respectively, at 7 p.m. at Riverfront Park in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. Both events will include a host of fun, family activities — including a Flash Gordon Costume Contest and King Kong Banana-Eating Competition.

For more information on the 20th annual Cucalorus Film Festival, “one of the coolest film festivals in the world” (MovieMaker Magazine 2013), visit www.cucalorus.org. A near-complete list of films being screened during the festival is currently available. The official schedule and list of more than 200 films being showcased during the week of November 12-16, 2014 will be released in mid-October. Multi-level festival passes are available and give access to ticketed film screenings. Members of the press should visit www.cucalorus.org/press_room to apply for credentials.

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