Dr. Apples: The Origin, Directed by Lacye A. Brown (Georgia) - Relive the moment when a 16yr old Dr. Apples realizes he has been tricked and his mother has been kidnapped by fairies. Storytelling is one of the oldest artforms known to humans. It is a vehicle to give, seek, and even control information. As an African American female, I cannot help but consider all of the ancestral narratives that were lost during the African diaspora. But there are still glimmers and fragments that are rising into the light of today’s information age and the vernacular of folklore is being given the attention it needs. Enter my dark fantasy about Dr. Apples. It’s a story about a 95-year-old African American male whose mother, a sorceress who practiced Voodoo and Hoodoo in New Orleans, was kidnapped by fairies. And since his mother’s disappearance he has done everything in his power to find her, but in the process, he has the opportunity to find himself. Each year for the past seventy-five years he has received a doll from the fairies that has some aspect of her. Dolls have been used for centuries as devices of domestication. They represent a subtle way to control and condition a person; a nonverbal form of storytelling. Girls learn from a young age they are supposed to take care of the dolls in preparation to take care of a living child when they grow up. For Dr. Apples, the fairy-made dolls are a fragment of his mother’s soul, his lost history, a map to her discovery, and a map to discovering himself. I am a self-taught multidisciplinary, intersectional artist, working in a variety of media from storytelling, to sculpture, to animation. The mission is to articulate the folklore of Dr. Apples through various forms of media. This project is an ongoing expression of my own heritage and ancestry. Directing more and more people to marginalized narratives that have been pushed aside and rewritten under colonialism is imperative in today’s world. I have made immense amounts of sacrifices to be where I am today and expanding Dr. Apples with his mix of southern vernacular, culture, and folktale to the masses will be a highlight of my career. Join us in finding his mother.

Oregon Short Film Festival - Winter 2021 Official Selection

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