Winner > Best Actress Audience Choice
13-year-old Robin is a troubled orphan with a mean streak. After she proves too much for her adoptive parents to handle, they reluctantly send her back to her foster group home. Back where she started, an explosive Robin lashes out at her peers and caretakers. But when she learns of the group home’s upcoming Foster Care & Adoption event, Robin realizes it’s not too late to find the home she always wanted. In the end, Rotten Apple is a story of love, hope, and second chances.
Kylene Harrington-Director. Writer
Director Biography – Kylene Harrington
Kylene Harrington is an Asian American filmmaker with a great love for animation, storyboarding, and screenwriting, as well as a strong passion for Eastern and Western cultural arts. She has a B. A in English Literary Analysis from the University of South Florida, and in 2020, received her MFA in Film and Television Production from Loyola Marymount University for her thesis film, Rotten Apple. Professionally, she has worked as a production assistant on Racing to Rio, a documentary feature about the 2017 sailing Paralympics, and crewed on a number of short films, often stepping into the role of production designer and art director. She has also written and directed a number of live-action and animated short films. Her film, All The World’s A Stage, was featured as an Official Selection at the 2019 Lighthouse International Film Festival and the 2021 Live Aloha Art Festival Filmmaker Showcase in Hawai‘i.