by Alexa Weinstein on October 15, 2010
My friend T’chaka Sikelianos made a feature-length film called A Yeti in the City. He used a couple of my poems in the movie, and one of them became a kind of short film/music video that stands on its own, with music by The Octopus Project. Prose poem that would otherwise have spent its life in a drawer + music + filmmaking = weird beauty & hope.
If you are a sucker for weird beauty and hope, and the sometimes astounding genius of the small people known as children, I must strongly recommend, nay plead, that you take 8 more precious minutes out of your life to watch the following short film, also by T’chaka Sikelianos. I had nothing to do with this one. It is actually deserving of the terribly overused word “amazing.” Aurora is a real human child, who I have had the honor of meeting, and she really did speak and sing these words extemporaneously one night as she was being sung to sleep by her mom (Alisa, who you see making faces at the camera in the clip above as the grocery girl and who makes music as dancealisadance) and her uncle T’chaka, who hit record on his iPhone and later made this beautiful animation. They are a very special family.