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by Sylvia Toy St. Louis

15/11/2017 - 15/12/2017

LUCY THE FIRST HUMAN is a short silent film with only one character, Lucy, inspired by the Australopithecus afarensis female skeleton discovered by Donald Johanson and his team in 1974 and named "Lucy" after The Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." The episodic scenes of this little movie show what the first human would do, think, feel, and how it would develop.

Lucy is like an infant who spends most of her time sleeping in a nebulous void. In her waking hours, her primary interest is herself until her environment changes as things suddenly and surrealistically appear in her "cave." She gradually is drawn out of her self-absorption into the real world.

I originally improvised in front of greenscreen in 2013; and the original version of Lucy, the First Human has streamed on Amazon since 2014. I love this character and am happy she has a new life in this version, which was remastered in 2017.

Sylvia's text 'Artist's Life 2.0' is also featured in our #Strategies project

"I am grateful to live in a time when social diversity is mostly acceptable. I am a 65 year old African American (30% non-African) who strives for universality in her work, even for Lucy Australopithicene who originated in Africa. We all, ultimately, have the same mama. My sympathies toward anyone who emotionally and or intellectually cannot move past that scientific fact. I am an actor, a performance and an experimental filmmaker who has received recognition from LA Neo Noir Film Fest, LA Underground Film Fest, and Creative Arts Film Fest. My work is so borderline cinema/avant-garde video art that in spite of having internationally exhibiting since 2008, I cannot my roots are here nor there. I was a professional theatre artist from 1985-2007 and I was a professional sculptor from 1985-2010. The best thing that ever happened to me was buying my first videocamera after feeling inadequate as a storyteller in spite of having studied playwriting for ten years. What the camera told me really was all I had never really needed to know."

Sylvia Toy kitchenscenesstudio.wordpress.com

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