Uncle Luke headed to Sundance with ‘freaky’ short
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Leave it to Uncle Luke to inject Sundance with a little bit of “freaky.”
“The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke,” a short film anchored by former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell, has been selected to screen at the festival as part of the 2012 short film program.
Inspired by the 1962 French science fiction film ‘La Jetée,’ the film is set entirely in front of a series of surreal art installations created by director and multimedia artist Jillian Mayer. In the film, Campbell plays a slightly altered version of himself, and recounts his controversial rise to fame, including his fight for 1st Amendment rights. Campbell takes a freaky turn when a nuclear meltdown in Miami turns the city into a radioactive wasteland filled with mutants -- naked ones, of course -- leaving Campbell as the sole survivor, tasked with repopulating the city the old fashioned way.
Mayer is known for her installatons featuring whimsical cut-outs. Here, she pairs plump, thonged bottoms with a cut-out of 2 Live Crew’s controversial ‘As Nasty as They Wanna Be’ album cover to illustrate Campbell’s plight with freaky free speech.
Miami’s Borscht Corp. commissioned “Freaky Times” for its film festival in April. It was executive produced by Dennis Scholl and Evan Rosenfeld of Rakontur, the Miami media studio responsible for ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ and ‘Square Grouper.’
Uncle Luke tried his luck at politics; is an Academy Award nomination next? If the flick snags an award at Sundance, it could then qualify for Oscar consideration.
Check out the obviously NSFW trailer here.
— Gerrick D. Kennedy