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Annabel Lee

Carl’s Senior Thesis, based on the haunting romance poem by Edgar Allan Poe. Husband and wife who are torn asunder when evil angels plot against them.

Winner, Platinum Best of Show: 2014 Aurora Awards

Winner, Best Director at the 2013 Otis Film Festival.

Nominated, Best Actor and Best Actress at the 2013 Otis Film Festival

Official Selection at the 2013 Orlando Film Festival.

Official Selection at the 2014 Channel 757 Fall Showcase

As stated above, this short film is a fantasy re-imagining of Poe’s story, in the traditions of both Southern Gothic and magical realism. Also, it is a period piece, set in the Antebellum South. Legend becomes myth.

While Edgar Allan Poe was neither Jewish nor Southern, the juxtaposition of both Jewish and Southern ideals brings his story to life in a unique fashion. In fact, Poe was very learned in Jewish literature and even the Talmud. In my re-telling of his poem, the characters and values presented are starkly Jewish not only to ground the story, but to show that hope beyond the grave is not such a strange notion.

“Therefore prophesy; say to them that Adonai Elohim says, ‘My people! I will open your graves and make you get up out of your graves, and I will bring you into the land of Isra’el.’” Ezekiel 37:12

Also, the characters are Southern; the lead is a Confederate veteran. This is due to a little known fact: There were many Jews who fought for the South, and as a Southern artist born and raised in Carolina, I wanted to honor them within the historical context of the story.

Both Jewish and Southern donors, cast, and crew members helped bring this vision to reality. I am very happy to share this with you, and I hope the story Poe wrote captivates your heart as much as it did mine.

Annabel Lee Pre-Production Interview with the Daily Runner

Annabel Lee featured on Hollywood screenwriting blog Go Into the Story