thistles and thorns


Thistles and Thorns is a multi-modal storytelling experience that follows the symbolic trials and tribulations of Assata. In order to find her way, she must venture through foreign landscapes, meeting a series of characters, both malicious and benevolent.




For the month of May 2017, ANIMI an exclusive experience of Thistles and  Thorns played on StandardVision's incredible four story LED facade in downtown Los Angeles at the LA Residence Inn Marriott. 

StandardVision produces innovative display technology and collaborates with ground-breaking contemporary artists to bring engaging and relevant visual content to live audiences around the globe. 



"A few months ago I reached out to Kalie Acheson of ANIMI to ask if she'd like to create a small poetry video or short film. I told her I'd love to work on a project that was centered around powerful queer black women, solidarity & sisterhood, travel, and some sort of magical realm or mysticism - essentially everything Black Girl Magic.

What I thought would be a small passion project turned into a whole production with all the bells and whistles including a short film, children's book, and art installation! Creating this project with Kalie and everyone at ANIMI has been a dream, I'm so excited for everyone to see it.”

-Yazmin Monet Watkins


"...Now that I had my coalition of warrior women, we needed to hammer out the concepts and details. Yazmin’s poetic voice roared with a desire to tell a story for young black women growing up in our current political environment. Concurrently, she wished to pay homage to her ancestors and the women who have inspired her.

I wanted to translate her ideas into the form of a children’s narrative inspired by limitless imagination, whimsy, and beauty. I’m driven by children's stories and how they wear their morals on their sleeves.”

- Kalie Acheson