Created by Lauren Kelley, the animated short Upside was completed while she participated in the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Artist-in-Residence Program (2009-2010).
From her website, “In Upside , bitter sweet pathos is elegantly explored.Told from the vantage point of a child, the main character assesses her family’s lot when frolicking at a pool party that goes awry.” Narrated by Samaya Imani Watson.
Parental Discretion Advised
It is also a grim reminder of drowning disparities in the Black community, and how everyone needs to know how to swim.
What are some of your backyard memories as a child with your family?