Luther Campbell aka Uncle Luke is about to get as “freaky” as he wanna be… on film!
According to a recent press release:
The Sundance Institute selected The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke, a short film starring Miami-based rapper and politician Luther Campbell (Uncle Luke of 2 Live Crew) and produced by Miami’s Borscht Corp. (the organization behind the Borscht Film Festival) in collaboration with Miami production company Rakontur for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Short Film Program.
The Sundance Institute selected only 64 shorts for its Short Film Programs from a record 7,675 world-wide submissions.
Luke notes that he’s honored amongst the chosen few, stating:
“It’s an honor to have a highly respected organization such as the Sundance Film Institute recognize me and my life as an important part of American culture by adding “The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke” to their 2012 line up.”
But wait… if “Freaky Times” actually wins an award at Sundance, it will automatically qualify the film to potentially be an Oscar nominee!!
Check out a sneak peek of “The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke”…
Borscht Corp. commissioned Freaky Times as part of its 2011 program. Miami multi-media artist Jillian Mayer directed, Miami’s Lucas Leyva wrote the screenplay, and Evan Rosenfeld of Rakontur served as executive producer. Freaky Times first screened as a “working cut” at Borscht’s 2011 festival in front of a capacity crowd of over 1,700 in April 2011 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.
Freaky Times is a modern Miami adaptation of the 1962 French short film La Jetée, and recounts Campbell’s rise to fame as he changes the face of hip-hop and fights for First Amendment rights – and later as he ushers Miami into a golden era of peace and prosperity as mayor. Everything changes when a nuclear meltdown at Turkey Point turns Miami into a radioactive wasteland filled with mutants, and Campbell is the only survivor left unscathed.
Freaky Times takes place entirely in a series of art installations by Mayer that warp perspective and reality. “I wasn’t sure how interested Luke would be in working on a small artsy short film with some local kids, but he couldn’t have been more into it and supportive,” said Evan Rosenfeld of Rakontur.
Wow… looks like Uncle Luke is about to break it into major films!