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Defining Beauty: Ms. Wheelchair America Screens at Cucalorus

The CucalorusFilm Festival has taken over downtown Wilmington, bringing hundreds of feature films, shorts, and documentaries, including Defining Beauty: Ms. Wheelchair America which chronicles the 2010 pageant in South Dakota.

WHQR’s Michelle Bliss spoke with director Alexis Ostrander about the film, which opens with Ms. Wheelchair Michigan 2009 Amber Marcy taking part in one of her favorite activities: skydiving.

NOTE: This story does contain mature subject matter.  

Defining Beauty: Ms. Wheelchair America is screening Friday night at 7:45 in Thalian Hall’s Black Theater.  

After growing up in Woodbridge, Virginia, Michelle attended Virginia Tech before moving to Wilmington to complete her Master in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. Her reporting and nonfiction writing have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, within the pages of Wrightsville Beach Magazine, and in literary journals like River Teeth and Ninth Letter. Before moving to Wilmington, Michelle served as the general manager for WUVT, a community radio station in Blacksburg, Virginia. She lives with her husband Scott and their pups, Katie, Cooper, and Mosey.