"Strange Fruit" is a stop motion animation created by Elcie Merck. She created it her sophomore year at MassArt in the Animation 1 class with Professor Hayley Morris. "Strange Fruit" was made with found objects for the "Breaking the surface" project. This stop motion was made as a tribute to the song of the same title by Billie Holiday. It is a reflection of the Jim crow era of the rural south.
A small tight knit New England community is shaken by the arrival of a newcomer. Meanwhile, a mystical creature quietly affects the lives of the locals.
Direction & Animation: Alan Jennings
Cast: Josh Shaffner, Blake Whitaker, Caitlin Craggs & Beth Murphy
Score: Diego Gaeta
Waterphone: Todd Barton & James Vitz-Wong
Theremin: Gordon Kurowski
Sound Mix: Craig Smith