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Wednesday, March 18, 2020
In Lieu of a Public Screening, Cancelled Miami Film Fest Doc LOS ÚLTIMOS FRIKIS Will Have a Special Presentation Online
In Lieu of a Public Screening, Cancelled Miami Film Festival Documentary LOS ÚLTIMOS FRIKIS Will Have a Special Festival Presentation Online
Nicholas Brennan’s Endearing Debut Documentary About the Members of an Aging Heavy Metal Group in Cuba, Will Be Available for Streaming for a Week, Starting Today, Wednesday, March 18
** Filmmakers Available for Interviews **
Following the cancellation of the Miami Film Festival last week, feature documentary film Los Últimos Frikis, which was scheduled to screen at Miami’s Tower Theater on Friday, March 13, will have its festival screening online instead, starting today Wednesday, March 18.
Directed by Nicholas Brennan, Los Últimos Frikis is an intimate documentary portrait of Zeus, a hard-rocking, state-sponsored heavy metal band from Havana, Cuba. Practically unknown outside of Cuba, Zeus has earned a legendary following of “frikis” on the island. Filmed over the course of a decade by an American and Cuban team of filmmakers, Los Últimos Frikis offers a unique view of modern Cuba through the eyes of these head-banging heroes.
“Zeus has fought in Cuba for over thirty years for their music to be heard, so we want to make sure their voice isn’t silenced,” director Nicholas Brennan said. “Zeus is an inspiring example of how we can all persevere during uncertain, challenging times. While traditional outlets for creative work are suspended and cancelled, we can work together to find new ways for sharing stories and supporting each other.”
The digital screening will be available to limited audiences in the United States for one week starting Wednesday, March 18 through Vimeo On Demand at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/losultimosfrikis, with a streaming fee of $4.99—corresponding to half the ticket price available at the Miami Film Festival.
“Miami Film Festival will continue supporting our artists to the fullest extent possible during and after this current crisis, and the opportunity for our audiences to experience Los Últimos Frikis online during the week ahead is one we encourage them not to miss,” said Jaie Laplante, Executive Director of Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival.
The digital festival screening is co-presented by Cinema Tropical, a non-profit media arts organization that has become a leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the United States.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Nicholas Brennan on this special digital premiere of his outstanding documentary feature, which offers a poignant portrait of Cuba through some improbable characters. During these uncertain times, Cinema Tropical wants to play a role in bringing inspiration and hope through Latin American cinema, and films about the region.”
“Shines with the bravado of a fiery passion...”
—Jonathan Christian, The Playlist
LOS ÚLTIMOS FRIKIS, USA/Cuba, 2019, 75 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Nicholas Brennan; Executive Producer: W. Wilder Knight II, Joey Carey, Dave Lombardo; Producer: John Logan Pierson; Cinematographer: Javier Labrador, Nicholas Brennan; Editor: Nicholas Brennan, Hossein Keshavarz; Music: Dave Lombardo. Sound Design: Raymel Casamayor. Featuring the members of Zeus: Dionisio L. Arce Camps, Hansel Arrocha Sala, Ivan Vera Muñoz, Yamil Sire Arias, and Eduardo Longa Aguilar.
About the Director: Nicholas Brennan is a documentary filmmaker based in New York. He is currently a staff director at CNN’s Courageous Studios, where he is part of the founding team at the award-winning branded content studio. He has previously worked for ABC News, The New York Times, VICE and for global brands including AT&T, Intel, Toyota, and American Express. Los Últimos Frikis is his feature debut. He has previously directed the short documentaries Mama and Hard Rock Havana as well as the short narrative A Marine’s Guide to Fishing. He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he was a Willard TC Johnson Fellow in the Film & TV program.