The Cucaranchula


A story about a young writer, a pompous critic, and a mysterious creature  known as…The Cucaranchula.



12 minutes, 30 seconds. 2013. HD Video.




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Principle Cast and Crew:

Taylor Lhamon as Paige Turner

Zach McLain as Clive Bradley

Sally Staats as Melanie

Art and Animation by Brooke Duckart

Cinematography by Quinn Hester

Edited by Nick Anderson

Visual Effects by Nick Eason

Original Song “You’re a Creep” by Mark and the Hive (Copyright 2013 Courtesy of Sugartone Music)

Original Music “La Cucaranchula” and “A Step in the Stars” by Marty Brueggemann (Copyright 2013 Courtesy of Marty Brueggemann)

Written, Directed and Produced by Kate Balsley

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New Filmmakers Fall Series (Anthology Film Archives: New York, NY)

Honeytone Film and Music Showcase (Club Giribaldi: Milwaukee, WI)




Cannes Short Film Corner (Palais des Festivals et des Congrès: Cannes, France)

We Like ‘Em Short Film Festival (Eltrym Theater: Baker City, OR)

Wildwood Film Festival (Fox Cities Performing Arts Theater: Appleton, WI) Best of Comedy

Green Bay Film Festival (Radisson Hotel and Conference Center: Green Bay, WI) Finalist: Top Ten

Beloit International Film Festival (Various Venues: Beloit, WI)




Milwaukee Film Festival (Fox-Bay Cinema; Oriental Theater: Milwaukee, WI)

Milwaukee Short Film Festival (Milwaukee Art Museum: Milwaukee, WI) Artistic Achievement Award