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Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke
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Short Film - Scripted


Jillian Mayer

Lucas Leyva

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.

This film is part of the permanent collection at the Miami Art Museum. After premiering at Sundance in 2012, it went on to play several dozen other international festivals, including SXSW, BAMcinemafest, Los Angeles, Milan, AFI, and Maryland. Now it is yours to share!

“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



FANDOR: "[One of] twenty-five must-see shorts from over a century of cinema…. [The Life & Freaky Times of Uncle Luke is] smart, weird fun…. Filmmakers Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva borrowed a great story and made it completely their own."

INDIEWIRE: "10 Shorts You Must See at Sundance This Year"

FILM THREAT: “5 Out of 5 Stars”

MOVIELINE: “One of the most fun and fresh films at Sundance”

MTV: "We all love ‘La Jetee,’ the French science-fiction film from the 60s about time travel in a post-nuclear war Paris… but wouldn’t we love it more if it were set in Miami and starred Luke Campbell from 2 Live Crew? The answer is yes, we would love it more in that circumstance."


SPIN MAGAZINE: ”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.“

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