Sunday, 29 January 2012

Frontman of 2 Live Crew is the subject of surreal Sundance short.

Back when Luther Campbell was the leader of the legendary foul-mouthed rap group 2 Live Crew, the 1962 French film "La Jetée" was never name-checked in songs such as "We Want Some P____," "Me So Horny" or "If You Believe in Having Sex."

But Campbell is now very familiar with that pioneering sci-fi film, since a short at the Sundance Film Festival, "Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke," is a remake of "La Jetée."

"They had to keep explaining ['La Jetée'] to me," admitted Campbell, 51, also known as Uncle Luke. "I said, these guys are real artists."

The 13-minute short, directed by Miami-based Jillian Mayer and executive produced by Evan Rosenfeld, is a unique look at the life of Campbell, whose career has included essentially inspiring the "Parental Advisory" sticker now placed on CDs, as well as winning a Supreme Court case about obscenity, and eventually running for mayor of Miami.

The comedic, surreal film tells his story through a series of still photographs (like "La Jetée"). It's style can be explained, in part, by the background of Mayer, whose background is as a contemporary artist. Until this film, Mayer said she had never shot a proper short film.

The germ of the idea for the short came from Rosenfeld, who until recently lived in Miami. He had interviewed Campbell in a segment for ESPN Films' "30 for 30" documentary series tied to the station's 30th anniversary. That's when he realized that Campbell -- a gregarious man and generous supporter of the Miami arts community -- would be a good subject for a film.

Campbell said his decision to participate was based "more about helping some kids" rather than seeking fame, primarily because at the time he was busy campaigning for the mayor's office. (He came in fourth, winning 11 percent of the vote in 2011.)

"They basically turned me loose," Campbell said. "They wanted the funny guy. I can't say there's any real acting going on."

Because of Campbell's busy campaign schedule -- his mayoral platform included a proposal to tax strippers -- much of the shoot was filmed at night. "The most challenging thing is convincing your friends to give up sleep," Mayer said.
The two people who portray evil scientists in the film have full-time jobs. There was more chaos on the shoot after a crew member got in a car accident while on a late-night pizza run.

But the film turned out better than expected. "I was stunned," Rosenfeld said.
"I died laughing," Campbell said after seeing the short film for the first time. "It was one of the funniest things I've ever seen. It's hilarious, but it's a hell of an art piece."

Campbell liked the film so much that he's lobbying for more. "I've been approached by so many people to do a 90-minute feature [on me]," he said. "I think it's a story that needs to be told. I do need 90 minutes."

Rosenfeld also believes Campbell would be a good subject for a full-length feature. "There's more chapters to be told," Rosenfeld said.Campbell's confident that a full-length documentary about him will be so interesting that he'll be returning to the Sundance Film Festival.

"One day, maybe we'll be talking again," he told a reporter.

Read more:Frontman of 2 Live Crew is the subject of surreal Sundance short - The Denver Post

Friday, 27 January 2012

2 Live Crew to Reunite for Summer Tour.

Luther Campbell has announced that his former rap group 2 Live Crew, famous for lewd party hits such as “Me So Horny” and “Pop that Coochie,” has reunited and will head out for a tour this summer.
Uncle Luke announced the news on Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, where he is promoting a short film called “The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke.”
2 Live Crew’s 1989 album “As Nasty as They Wanna Be” gained notoriety as the target of a national anti-obscenity campaign, which culminated in the arrest of three of the group’s members in 1990. They were soon acquitted of the obscenity charges, partly on the strength of expert testimony from Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
The controversial album ended up selling more than 2 million copies, but the group’s popularity faded with subsequent albums, and members gradually went their separate ways.
“I just can’t wait to just start practicing. That’s going to be a blast,” Campbell, the 51-year old MC and recent Miami-Dade Mayoral candidate, told the Associated Press.
“We’re going to perform the songs and everybody’s going to be excited. Some of the older people of our generation will be able to tell their kids, ‘You’re staying home tonight, we’re going to see 2 Live Crew and shake our booty!’”

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Uncle Luke, Poison Clan, Cognito, Trick Daddy, Rick Ross, MC Shy D "Miami" 1985 - 2003

Miami was known for alot of things in 80's and 90's Cocaine, Exotic Women, Old School Cars with Big Rims and a unique style of DJing on the other side of that bridge we call South Beach, Here is a collab of my favorite songs giving you the history lesson about Miami all the way from 1985.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Uncle Luke Says 2 Live Crew Will Reunite in the Summer!

Uncle Luke announced that 2 Live Crew is readying for a reunion tour that will go down this summer. The rapper made the announcement at the Sundance Film Festival following a screening of a short film titled ‘The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke’ which was created by Miami-based artist Jillian Mayer.
Luke was apparently more excited about the reunion than he was about his starring role in the art film and indicated that he was looking forward to seeing some of his original fans during the tour. “I just can’t wait to just start practicing. That’s going to be a blast. We’re going to perform the songs and everybody’s going to be excited. Some of the older people of our generation will be able to tell their kids, ‘You’re staying home tonight, we’re going to see 2 Live Crew and shake our booty,” Luke told the Associated Press.
The rapper offered some praise to the young filmmakers who made the quirky short film, which parodies his run for Mayor in Miami-Dade County, and called it “an art piece.” The film borrows its narrative from the 1962 French Sci-Fi short ‘La Jetee,’ which also inspired ‘12 Monkeys,’ although the Miami filmmakers decided to go in a comedic direction. In the flick, Luke changes the face of hip hop, fights for First Amendment rights and wins his Mayoral bid, but a nuclear meltdown transforms Miami into a mutant-filled wasteland where only the ‘Me So Horny’ rapper is left unscathed.
The film has inspired Uncle Luke to pursue a full-length documentary about his life he revealed in an interview with the Salt Lake City Tribune. “I’ve been approached by so many people to do a 90-minute feature. I think it’s a story that needs to be told. I do need 90 minutes,” the rapper said. Evan Rosenfeld, who produced the 13-minute short, added that he was onboard and told the Tribune, “There’s more chapters to be told.”

Monday, 23 January 2012

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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Luther Campbell At Sundance Film Festival For 'Life And Freaky Times Of Uncle Luke'

As you read this, Miami's most infamous celebrity is invading the white hills of Utah. Luther Campbell, former frontman of 2 Live Crew and recent Miami mayoral candidate, is at the Sundance Film Festival.
He's the star of "Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke," a short created by local film outfit Borscht, that was selected for Sundance's 2012 Short Film Program.
On screen, Uncle Luke becomes Miami's hero in a loose homage to the French sci-fi flick "La Jetee." Read more about the wonderfully ridiculous plot hereand watch the trailer below.
The film even made Indiewire's "10 Shorts You Must See At Sundance" list.
"Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke" premiered at the film festival last, where there was complimentary Lukey Cushions, designed by Miami band Jacuzzi Boys.
HuffPost Miami spoke with director Jillian Mayer and screenwriter Lucas Leyva before they left for Sundance. 
How significantly has the film changed since the Borscht screening?

Jillian Mayer: The film in its final edit is more close to our original vision. The rough cut that was played at Borscht was not final by any means, in fact during some of the editing process that took place for the rushed Borscht screening, I was passed out on Benadryl after finding out I was suddenly allergic to strawberries. The film is now cleaner and more refined. The final version that Sundance is screening is darker in contrast in its aesthetic.

Why did you pick Uncle Luke as a subject?

Lucas Leyva: The film was part of the series of filmmaker/ Miami musician collaborations we made for Borscht 7. We knew from the start we couldn't make a film series inspired by Miami musicians without using Luke somehow, but never really thought we could get him to agree. Evan Rosenfeld and the Rakontur guys set it up, and Jillian seemed like the least likely filmmaker to team up with Luke.

It was either going to create something really awesome or really awful. I had been playing with the idea of writing an updated "La Jetee" in Miami for a while, and when I saw Jillian's art installations, it clicked. It turned out Jillian and Luke have a lot in common (besides hip-hop backgrounds) in that they are both performance artists of sorts that play with notions of identity and public personas.
How do you think the Sundance audience will react to Uncle Luke?

Lucas: The irony is that I think the audience at Sundance might like the film more than the audience that saw the rough cut in Miami. Most will be more aware of 'La Jetee' and have less context for Uncle Luke going into it. They won't appreciate the specificity (scenes taking place at the Swapshop, Turkey Point, Liberty City) and the socio-political implications of the casual use of the n-word and what growing up in Liberty City in the 70's and 80's represents, but they might be able to see the big picture more clearly.

Jillian: I hope that the Sundance audience is well aware of comedy and satire.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Rapper Luther Campbell signs with Miami penny stock company.

Penny stock investors must love “Uncle Luke” as shares of Miami-based Progressive Care spiked after the company announced that rapper Luther Campbell has signed on as its executive spokesman.
Campbell, who caused a national stir in the 1980s for the racy lyrics of his group 2 Live Crew, will support the expansion of the prescription pharmaceutical and durable medical equipment company (OTCBB: RXMD) in two new locations. He is an advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS. Those new offices will serve those patients in Opa-locka and near North Shore Hospital in Miami.
Upon the announcement, shares of Progressive Care had jumped 8 cents, or 23 percent, to 43 cents by midday. By the end of trading, they fell to 35 cents.
Campbell has strong channels of outreach in the Miami community. He hosts a sport talk show on 790 The Ticket and writes a column for the Miami New Times. He ran for Miami-Dade County mayor in 2011, but pulled out of the race.
Campbell is well known, but Progressive Care isn’t all that well known. Its PharmCo subsidiary sells prescription drugs and durable medical equipment to retail customers, doctors, clinics and long-term care facilities.
In the first nine months of 2011, the company generated $5.7 million in sales and lost $315,867. It is led by President and CEO Avraham A. Friedman.
It will only be a matter of time before we can answer the age-old question: Who is the better corporate spokesman, Uncle Luke or Justin Bieber?

Friday, 20 January 2012

Progressive Care Inc Taps World Renown Recording Artist and HIV Advocate Luther Campbell as Executive Spokesman.

Progressive Care Inc and PharmCo, LLC, a provider of prescription pharmaceuticals, specializing in anti-viral patient management, long term care and durable medical equipment, announced today that it has retained Luther Campbell as the company's executive spokesperson. Mr. Campbell is a world renowned recording artist and a leading advocate in South Florida for HIV care and services. Mr. Campbell and PharmCo believe that pharmacy and HIV specialty service needs are often underserved, specifically in South Florida's urban communities. As the company's executive spokesman we will ask him to aggressively lead an expansion initiative to promote superior HIV care and services, beginning with local residents in South Florida and later expanding into a national campaign to support long term living and health with HIV/AIDS.
In connection with this expansion initiative, PharmCo, LLC has targeted two new South Florida locations which are scheduled to open in the first and third quarter of 2012. The first of these locations is in the City of Opa Locka, FL. The second location is strategically located across from North Shore Hospital in Miami, FL. This location was selected because of the lack of pharmacy services offered at North Shore Hospital and the close proximity of a new outpatient clinic.
About Luther Campbell
Mr. Campbell, also known as Uncle Luke or Luke, is a record label owner, performer and actor. His legacy in the local South Florida region began in the 1980's as a recording artist and has continued through today as a political candidate and prominent voice in the community. Mr. Campbell is a leading advocate for improving awareness and health care services to all persons living with HIV. Campbell is also a columnist for the Miami New Times and hosts a sports talk show on Miami's 790 The Ticket.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Sundance Exclusive Clip And Poster: 'Uncle Luke' Gets 'Freaky'

At this month's Sundance Independent Film Festival, 2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell will star in a short film probably unlike anything you've ever seen before.

"The Life and Freaky Time of Uncle Luke" tells a fictionalized account of Campbell's hip hop career and campaign to be mayor of Miami-Dade County. The story line strays from fact in many, many places, but none is more notable than the nuclear fallout Miami suffers after a reactor explodes, leaving Uncle Luke as the sole survivor.
Director Jillian Mayer used her signature art style and cardboard cutouts to give "Uncle Luke" a look of its very own. According to the trailer, the film is based on Chris Marker's monumental short film "La Jetée," which served as the basis for Terry Gilliam's "12 Monkeys."
In addition to the clip, we also have an exclusive first look at the "Uncle Luke" poster:
"The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke" will premiere at the Sundance Independent Film Festival.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

2 Live Crew's Uncle Luke Heads to Sundance with "The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke"

Utah's Sundance Film Fest is getting it in with hip-hop stories this year! Now they've selected a short film from "Mr. Nasty As I Wanna Be" Luther Campbell aka Uncle Luke from 90's hip-hop group 2 Live Crew. According to AOL's The Boombox, the short is called "The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke," a cartoonish interpretation of Campbell's young adult life in Miami, covering everything from drugs and sex to murder." Really? I mean it looks funny and all but cardboard cutouts? Seriously? 

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Luther 'Uncle Luke' Campbell Speaks On Taking Short Film To Sundance Festival.

The 2 Live Crew member says that he plans on taking the party to Park City, Utah.
2 Live Crew’s Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell recently scored a victory with his short film The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke, which was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival. Speaking with NBC Miami, the rapper said that he plans on bringing the party to Park City, Utah when the festival begins on January 19th.
"They better get ready because we gonna bring the booty-shakin' and everything else and the party up there," he said.
Campbell did emphasize the importance of the film’s screening at the festival. He explained that this is an opportunity to swing the spotlight on Miami, Florida and highlight the talent that it offers.
“Anytime we go to an event like Sundance, we represent Miami. That’s what it’s all about, the talent from Miami.”

Uncle Luke Autobiography Headed To Sundance Film Festival.

Controversial Miami-bass hypeman Luther Campbell has turned in the microphone and adopted a new type of expression. The former 2 Live Crew rapper will be bringing his life story to Utah’s Sundance Film Festival, according to NBCUncle Luke has been working with South Florida-based filmmakers and Miami’s Borscht Corporation to create one bizarre autobiography.

The film’s director, Jillian Mayer, described the film as “funny,” “weird,” “Miami-style,” and “very playful.”

In related news surrounding Luke’s passionate love for his city, Miami New Times previously reported Uncle Luke’s blunt opinions when it comes to fellows rappers and the Miami hip-hop scene. To Luke, some rappers abuse the Miami hip-hop scene.

The former mayoral candidate caught some blacklash for his comments, including a response from Lil Wayne, but the man loves his city.