Written & Directed By:Â Bree Newsome
Length:Â 21:29 minutes
What Itâ€™s About:Â â€œA repressed woman does away with her domineering father, freeing herself to pursue her heart’s desire. Using a local folk magic called “root-work”, she conjures a demon to aid her in creating the man of her dreams â€” but soon finds herself in a waking nightmare.â€ â€” Bree Newsome
Why I Like It:Â This short hits the perfect tone from minute one, with Charmaine’s opening words, “Everybody knows if you’re fixin’ to GOSSIP, you gotta have a little dirt on somebody. And everybody knows if you’re fixin’ to BURY, you gotta throw a little dirt on somebody. But don’t everybody know that if you’re fixin’ to CONJURE, it’s best to take a little dirt from a body…” This story of southern folklore and a woman going after her own desires is brilliantly acted and compelling from start to finish â€” with an ending that gave me chills.