Uncle Luke of 2 Live Crew will be leaving the warm sunny beaches of Miami for the frigid temps of Park City, UT this weekend, where a short film he stars in, titled The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke, produced by Miami’s Borscht Corp. (the organization behind the Borscht Film Festival which Barry Jenkins also made a short film for), in collaboration with Miami production company Rakontur, will screen in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Short Film Program.
The Sundance Institute selected only 64 shorts for its Short Film Program from a record 7,675 world-wide submissions, and The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke made the cut.
The film is said to be an adaptation of the 1962 acclaimed and influential French short film La Jetée, directed by Chris Marker – a film that comprised almost entirely of still photos, and tells the story the aftermath of WWIII (post-nuclear) in time travel.
By the way, another film that was also inspired by Marker's short was Terry Gilliams 1995 sci-fi drama 12 Monkeys.
Full synopsis for The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke reads like this:
… 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.
Ok, I'll bite.
The film is said to take place entirely in a series of art installations by director/producer Jillian 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.
Also worth noting, if Freaky Times wins an award at Sundance, it will automatically qualify the film to potentially be an Oscar nominee.
As Rosenfeld put it: “We got Luke to Sundance, now we need to get him to the Academy Awards.”
This afternoon, MTV got an exclusive clip from the film, as well as its official poster; underneath both is the film's full trailer for those who haven't seen it.
First the clip:
And here's the poster:
And here's the trailer: