The actors are not superstars. The budgets are often shoestring. Yet the creators of independent films within the state and without produce bold, original, and audacious shorts, features, and documentaries on topics Hollywood often avoids. Many independent films are showcased at the state's film festivals. Comer profiles the DoubleTake Film Festival at Durham's Carolina Theater, the Cucalous Film Festival in Wilmington, and the RiverRun International Film Festival in Brevard.