It was truly a pleasure to attend the 2019 American Black Film Festival last week – it truly exceeded every single expectation I had about film festivals, so much so that I’m already looking forward to next year’s. Meeting film makers, attending the awards ceremony and seeing celebrities was fun, but getting to check out different films and series before they blow up was actually my highlight.
One that stood out to me in particular was a web series called Little Apple, created by young writer, director, producer Riley S. Wilson. The live action sci-fi drama tells follows a 9-year-old claircognizant (all-knowing) little Black girl growing up in a new Harlem, N.Y.
Huffington Post Black Voices wrote:
As the young Harlemnite, played by Milan Williams, becomes increasingly cognizant of race, gender and class-based hierarchies in society, she develops a resistance to the systems which perpetuate inequality.
There aren’t many things in life more intriguiing than a young Black girl having super powers and using them to fight all types of oppression. Hell, that actually happens everyday if you think about it.
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🙏🏽 I’m still reeling from such an amazing experience at @americanblackfilmfestival. The last time I was in this space was for @orangebrightthefilm admission into the top 10 for the @hbo short film competition. I didn’t receive an award, I didn’t even screen, but I was in the building. And I was so grateful because it put a fire in me. I knew I had to work harder. I knew I had to dig deep and create a story and characters that had a potent point of view and a universe steeped in subject matter that was timely and necessary. Thank you Nicole & @jefffriday for creating this platform! That @Howard1867 power just don’t stop! #HU!! Thank you to @verizonmedia and the entire #ABFF Web Series jury for seeing value in me, my talent and my team. This isn’t the beginning, it’s a continuation! ✊🏾✊🏾I’m looking forward to creating even more sci-fi/fantasy dramas and building worlds that speak to the human condition. Cheers to the future! 🎥✨✨ #abff #abff2019 #filmmaker #scifi #jordanpeele
During the ABFF Award Ceremony, Litte Apple won the Jury Award Best Web Series (presented by Verizon Media). During his speexch, Wilson encouraged fans to “never give up on your dreams” added that it took “nearly five years for me to get my series off the ground.” Last time I saw something so creative, innovative, relatable and woke was when Miss Issa Rae changed the game in 2011 with Misadventures Of An Awkward Black Girl.
Hit the flip for Little Apple is certainly the best thing since ABG.