This web-series tackles social justice through the eyes of a 9-year old girl

Little Apple takes on racism, sexism and gentrification in this sci-fi drama.

Little Apple

From the imaginations of Riley S. Wilson and Lisa Cortés (known for her work on the Academy Award-winning film, Precious) comes a new web-series that expertly blends aspects of drama and comedy with science fiction. Called Little Apple, the live-action series tells the story of a young black girl as she wrestles with a rapidly growing intellect and must decide whether to act on the injustices she sees or accept things as they are.

As the US transitions from the Obama-era to Trump’s America, a greater number of people are becoming aware of the role systemic racism has played – and continues to play – in the daily lives of citizens. Little Apple serves as a reflection of this and the growing sentiment of Black pride amongst the African American community.

Little Apple

Apple – played by dynamic young actress, Milan Williams – is a young girl living in Harlem, New York who begins to quickly develop claircognizance (all-knowing) abilities. In line with the old adage that with great power comes great responsibility, the 9-year-old must now grapple with how to best respond to her growing awareness of things like racism, sexism, and gentrification in increasingly uncertain times.

In a press release, executive producer, writer, and director Wilson explained what makes Little Apple so special:

“What’s great about the show is that it’s from the perspective of a little girl, and people often forget that kids have direct access to content and media just as much as adults. They know what’s going on in the country and many times the world. People just don’t engage with them.”

Little Apple

Wilson officially began work on the series in 2015, and Little Apple later went on to become a Sundance Lab finalist. Though Wilson ultimately didn’t receive the Sundance appointment, he pushed on anyway and ultimately decided to self-produce the project. The team behind the web-series recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project and there are only fifteen days left to get them to their goal of 15,000 USD.

Check it out here.

Executive Producer, Writer, Director: Riley S. Wilson

Executive Producer: Lisa Cortés

Producer: Maurice Zarzuela

Assistant Director: Angel Denise

Art Director: Steven Lowe

Little Apple: Milan Williams