Nicholas Brennan makes his directorial debut with the feature film, Los Ãltimos Frikis. According to his short film of the same title which made us discover the popular Cuban heavy metal band Zeus.
Shot in Cuba for ten years, Los Ãltimos Frikis tells the story of iconic Cuban heavy metal band Zeus and their three-decade struggle to be heard. When Zeus was formed in the 1980s rock music was illegal and rockers were derisively referred to as the frikis– monsters. The communist government of Fidel Castro viewed rock and roll as a deadly threat sent by a capitalist enemy. In the face of repression, Zeus rose to infamy as a counter-cultural phenomenon but paid a price. Zeus lead singer Dionisio “Diony” Arce spent six years in prison at the height of his career. Today the group is part of the system as an official group within the Cuban Rock Agency of the Ministry of Culture. As Cuba’s political and social climate undergoes a historic change, the group undertakes a nationwide tour across the island to defend its cultural impact and livelihoods, to prove that frikis still have a voice in Cuba.
Filmmaker Nicholas Brennan is a former graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. He worked for ABC News and the New York Times. In addition to brands like AT&T, Intel, Toyota and American Express. He has gained experience in making films with short documentaries like No Limits: a baseball league for autistic kids in New Your City, Rock Hard Havana, A marine guide for the finish and Mom. Currently, he is employed by Courageous Studios at CNN.
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I was in contact with the filmmaker to talk about the making of Los Ãltimos Frikis. He talked about having originally made the short film and why making the feature film. Brennan also shared how he discovered Cuban metal band Zeus and some of his experiences filming the band members.
Los Ãltimos Frikis is now available for streaming on Topic
Source: LRM Exclusive, First Look Media