2 Live Crew Rapper Campbell Turned Independent Film Star

Miami-made Luther Campbell short film gets selected for Sundance Film Fest

By Adam Kuperstein
|  Thursday, Jan 12, 2012  |  Updated 8:56 AM EDT
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2 Live Crew rapper Luther Campbell is heading to Sundance with his new documentary film.

2 Live Crew rapper Luther Campbell is heading to Sundance with his new documentary film.

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Utah, beware. Uncle Luke is coming to town.

"They better get ready for a lot of booty-shakin' up there," Luther Campbell, the former rapper from 2 Live Crew, said Wednesday.

Campbell stars in a short film selected last month by the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The film is called "The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke." It was shot in South Florida by local filmmakers and commissioned by Miami's Borscht Corporation.

"It's funny, it's weird," said the film's director and designer Jillian Mayer. "It's Miami-style, very playful."

Mayer tells the story of Uncle Luke's rise to fame, using surreal scenes that include crazy cut-outs. One is a parody of the controversial 2 Live Crew album cover from "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" that sparked a fight with the Supreme Court.

"Anytime you go to an event like Sundance," Campbell said, "you get to rep Miami and show there's a lot of talent in Miami."

Mayer said she and her colleagues were dancing when they got the news about Sundance because it's a huge opportunity that could lead to bigger things.

"It's basically the best thing that could happen to a short film," she said.

The Sundance Film Festival starts January 19th.

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