The tradition of storytelling is tightly bound up in a process of repetition and revision, drawing from a continually swelling fountain of stories, cultural phenomena, and personal experiences. The Unbound Tale embraces the position of the storyteller, participating in its rich tradition of adaptation and using this process to unpack how stories shape reality. More specifically, it approaches the fairy tale.
Unbound seeks to confuse the perfect symmetry of the fairy tale by muddying and graying its black and white binaries. Roles are reversed from good to bad and bad to good, and characters become more complex in their motivations. Figures that occupy a space of love or hate are reframed to shed light on the multifaceted history of their development as characters. Glorified muses step out of the frame to reclaim their lost identities, and demonized witches and stepmothers are re-envisioned from an empathic perspective. One by one, these figures are unbound from the constraints that govern the fairy tale and given the chance to speak with a voice of their own.
As a genre which has been unquestionably bound by the male authorial voice–from Disney, to Perrault and Hans Christian Andersen, to the Grimm brothers and other producers of anthologies–Unbound repositions the fairy tale from a female perspective. This change in perspective allows it break free from the hegemony of the patriarchal lens as exemplified by the adaptations of these male authors, revising the way in which one views these tales and the characters that inhabit them.
The Unbound Tale is comprised of four films: