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LIFE AND FREAKY TIMES OF UNCLE LUKE

Jillian Mayer & Lucas Leyva (2011)

A modern Miami adaptation of the 1962 French short film 'La Jetee', the film recounts Luke's (Uncle Luke, legendary rapper from the hip-hop group 2 Live Crew) 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 the Turkey Point Nuclear Reactor has a meltdown and turns Miami into a post-apocayptic wasteland.

 

Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva, (collectively Mayer\Leyva) teamed up with Rakontur and Uncle Luke as part of our filmmaker + musician collaboration series.

 

*Sundance Film Festival

*SXSW Film Festival

*Mecal International Film Festival

*Atlanta Film Festival

*Ann Arbor Film Festival

*Milan International Film Festival

*New Orleans Film Festival

*Raindance Film Festival

*Sarasota Film Festival

*Dallas Film Festival

*Nashville Film Festival

*Maryland Film Festival

*Athens Film and Video Festival

*deadCenter Film Festival

*CFC (Canadian Film Centre) Film Festival

*CinemaTeket Oslo

*Rockland Shorts at the Farnsworth Museum

*Boston Underground Film Festival (Winner, Best Short Film)

*Rooftop Film Screening Series

*BAMcinemafest (Brooklyn Academy of Music)

*LA Shorts Film Festival

*USA Film Festival (Finalist, Best Short Film)

*Incubate Netherlands Film Festival

*Provincetown Film Festival

*Columbia Gorge Film Festival

*Chicago Underground Film Festival (Honorable Mention, Best Short Film)

*HBO New York Latino Film Festival

*Minneapolis Underground Film Festival

*Atlantic Film Festival

*AFI Film Festival

*Featured in Wholphin #16

 

*10 Must-See Shorts at Sundance (Indiewire)

*5/5 Stars (Film Threat Review)

*Top 5 Music Films at Sundance (MTV)

*One of the most fun and fresh films at Sundance (Movieline)

*LA Times

*NY Times

*Rolling Stone

 

“Uncle Luke is an incredibly original film, both in terms of its tone and the technique of its storytelling… Uncle Luke really taps into the popular culture of a specific generation, and it has a very healthy disrespect for convention and authority.” - Sundance Programmer

 

“Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke is undeniably entertaining, whether you get the cultural references or not. It is a smart and intricately self-reflexive example of what cultural theorist Jim Collins has called ‘the perpetual circulation and recirculation of signs that form the fabric of postmodern cultural life.’ Mayer and her collaborator are quintessential bricoleurs. In Uncle Luke, street-credible slang and classic booty beats reconstruct a landmark of film history. High and low, art and entertainment, fiction and reality become multiple facets of an intellectually- integrated work that specifically depends on cultural quotation. The parallels are both narrative and structural. Whereas La Jetee is constructed from stills, referencing the psychological relationship between photography and memory, Uncle Luke draws from the nostalgia power of Mayer’s two dimensional boards.” - Art Papers review

 

“Dropping Uncle Luke’s odd, obnoxious personality into this artsy milieu actually feels somehow true to rap’s subversive, smart-dumb spirit… Freaky Times, out of the box and Sundance-approved, forms a boldly instructive example of how to redress the misrepresentations that have traditionally marred the genre’s mainstream record.” - SPIN Magazine