- Wed, September 26 at 7:00 pmDir. Wu Tsang, USA, 2012, 75 min., NR, HD
Wildness is a portrait of the Silver Platter, a historic, LGBT-friendly bar on the eastside of Los Angeles that has catered to the Latin immigrant community since 1963. With a magical-realist flourish—the bar itself becomes a character in the film—Wildness captures the creativity and conflict that ensue when a group of young, queer artists of color (Wu Tsang, DJs NGUZUNGUZU, and Total Freedom) organize a weekly performance art party, called Wildness, at the bar. What does “safe space” mean, and who needs it? The search for answers to these questions creates coalitions across generations.
LIFE AND FREAKY TIMES OF UNCLE LUKE
Dir. Jillian Mayer, USA, 2012, 10 min., NR, HD
Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke, commissioned by the Borscht Film Festival, is a collaboration between Miami artist Jillian Mayer (video featured in the Guggenheim video biennial), Raktonur Films (Cocaine Cowboys, The U, Square Grouper) and the legendary Luther Campbell (aka Uncle Luke of 2 Live Crew). The film is a modern Miami adaptation of the 1962 French short film La Jetee. Told entirely through a series of installations created by Mayer, the film recounts Luke'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 Luke is the only survivor left unscathed.