Cucalorus to offer free outdoor screening of civil rights film

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CucalorusLogo-300x340Wilmington’s premier film festival is popping up with a free movie in downtown Wilmington this weekend.

In partnership with the Blue Ribbon Commission, North Carolina Black Film Festival and New Hanover County NAACP, Cucalorus is screening the historical drama, “Selma,” on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Portia Hines Park, N. 10th and Rankin streets.

“Selma,” which chronicles the 1965 civil rights voting marches, was directed by Ava DuVernay, NC Black Film Festival’s 2011 Distinguished Filmmaker, and nominated for the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture.
The outdoor event gets underway at 6 p.m. with kid-friendly activities and a free cookout with hot dogs and refreshments. The film begins at 8:30 p.m.

It’s part of Cucalorus’ Pop-Up Cinema program, which brings free movies throughout the summer months to spots across the area, including Tidal Creek Co-Op, Wrightsville Beach Park, Jengo’s Playhouse and Riverfront Park.

“This screening brings together several of our ongoing efforts–to share films in our own backyard here in the Soda Pop District and to support the work of visionary filmmakers like Ava DuVernay,” Cucalorus executive director Dan Brawley said.

“Selma” is rated PG-13; parental discretion is advised. No coolers are allowed in the park, but moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to relax on during the screening.

Cucalorus will host a community discussion about the film at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at Jengo’s Playhouse, 815 Princess St.

A rain date for the screening has been set for Saturday, Aug. 8.