“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

Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke
(Inspired by 'La Jetee' by Chris Marker)

Borscht Corp. and Rakontur Present
a film by Mayer\Leyva

Director/ Designer/ Producer: Jillian Mayer
Screenplay/ Co-Director/ Editor/ Producer: Lucas Leyva

Executive Producer: Evan Rosenfeld
Co-Executive Producer: Andrew Hevia, Dennis Scholl
Co-Producer: Nick Orsini
Associate Producer: Fro Rojas, Evrim Oralkan

Starring Luther Campbell as Uncle Luke
Scientists: Carlos Rigau, Eric Cade Shoenborn
Eliza: Elizabeth Sky
Mutants: Sterling Rook, Rob Maya, Shira Abergel, Nick Ducassi, Sasha Buttboy, Orlando Estrada, Maurice Pierre
Girls in White: Mabel Gonzalez, Lana Melisso, Shira Abergel, Taryn Lombardi
Clown: Ana Trevino
Judge: Richard Freedberg
Reporter: Jennifer Lopez
Bus Driver: Jillian Mayer
Bus Rider: Shira Abergel
Album Buttocks: Candy Molina, Ella Pia, Meho Latrina, Nancy Trevino
2 Live Crew: Julian Yuri Rodriguez, Lucas Leyva, Sylvester the Kat Man, Ella Pia
Stank Lady: Judy Freedberg
Stank People: Nick Ducassi, Julian Yuri Rodriguez, Jessica Gross
Stunt Doubles: Maurice Pierre, Sterling Rook

Director of Photography: Jonthan David Kane
Assistant Camera: Juan Camilo Barriga
Gaffer: Roberto Gonzalez
Boom Operator: Tim Roach
Post Audio: Cory Czjakowski, Diego Meza Valdes
Colorist: Oscar Martinez

Art Coordinator: Orlando Estrada
Project Coordinator: Ana Trevino
Art Department: Kayla de la Cerda, Taryn Devereux, Jack Elder, Julian Yuri Rodriguez, Sterling Rook, Madee Kuhn, Gabriel Rhenals, Oly Vargas, Inez Suen, Layla Bessiso, Rob Maya, Destin Jones, Zach Bagnell
Carpenter: Bill Landis
Make-Up: Giselle Mendez

Special Thanks: Billy Corben, Alfred Spellman, Borscht Film Festival, New Art Miami, Nadia Bowen, Shivers, Canvas Lifestyle, HBKZ/Sesion31, Karelle Levy, Booty Bass, The Internet, David Castillo Gallery, Luther Campbell for Miami-Dade Mayor Campaign

Made possible by a Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Commissioned by Borscht Corp.
Miami, FL, USA 2011

Stay Freaky Ya'll

(c) Mayer\Leyva

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"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 (read the whole story here: artpapers.org/feature_articles/article1.htm)

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