Los Últimos Frikis | Nicholas Brennan Talks About the Last Freaks in Habana [Exclusive Interview]

ZEUS, Cuba’s legendary heavy metal band | Courtesy of May Reguera

Nicholas Brennan makes his directorial debut with the full length film, Los Últimos Frikis. Based on his short film with the same title that introduced us to the popular Cuban heavy metal band Zeus. 

 

The Synopsis 

Filmed in Cuba over the course of ten years, Los Últimos Frikis tells the story of iconic Cuban heavy metal band Zeus and their three-decade fight to be heard. When Zeus formed in the 1980s, rock music was illegal and rockers were derisively called los frikis—the freaks. Fidel Castro’s communist government saw rock and roll as a mortal 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’s lead singer, Dionisio “Diony” Arce, spent six years in prison at the height of his career. Today, the band is part of the system as an official group within the Ministry of Culture’s Agency of Cuban Rock. As Cuba’s political and social climate go through historic change, the band embarks on a national tour across the island to defend their cultural impact and livelihood—to prove that frikis still have a voice in Cuba.

Los Últimos Frikis
Hansel Arrocha (Guitar), Ivan Vera (Guitar), Dionisio (Vocals), Yamil Sire (Bass) and Eduardo Longa (Drums).

The filmmaker Nicholas Brennan is a former graduate from NY’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has worked for ABC News and The New York Times. In addition to brands like AT&T, Intel, Toyota, and American Express. He gained experience in filmmaking with short documentaries  like No Limits: A Baseball League for Autistic Children in New Your City, Rock Hard Havana, A Marine’s Guide to Finishing and Mama. Currently he is employed by CNN’s Courageous Studios.

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Los Últimos Frikis
Vocalist Dionisio Arce

I was connected with the filmmaker to talk about the making of Los Últimos Frikis. He spoke about having originally made the short film and why make the full length film. Brennan also shared how he learned about the Cuban metal band Zeus and some of his experiences while filming the band members.

Los Últimos Frikis is now available to stream on Topic

Source: LRMExclusive, First Look Media

 

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