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Two N.C. film events worth the trip

Charlotte has lately produced so many film festivals and series that movie fans would be forgiven for wanting to stick close to home to feed their habit. Yet it'd be irresponsible not to single out two major festivals in other parts of the state, acclaimed events that over time have emerged as two of the largest in the Carolinas.

First up is the 12th annual Cucalorus Film Festival, which will be held Nov. 8-11 in Wilmington. Singled out in Time magazine as one of the "Film Festivals for the Rest of Us," the event will showcase screenings of 126 movies. The four-day party kicks off with a concert by Tift Merritt, and other special events include an expo that provides a hands-on look into moviemaking, an appearance by veteran character actor Pat Hingle, filmmaking seminars, and a panel discussion.

For more information, call 910-343-5995 or go to

Meanwhile, the fourth annual Asheville Film Festival will run Nov. 9-12 at various area venues. A total of 88 films will be shown during this period, and Jennifer Tilly will be on hand to receive the Career Achievement Award. Other events include extra screenings of the Buzz Films (movies generating potent word-of-mouth during the fest), filmmaking workshops, and an awards ceremony (in the name of full disclosure, I'll be one of the judges for this year's festival).

For further details, call 828-259-5800 or go to

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