Thistles and ThorNs

Thistles and Thorns follows the symbolic trials and tribulations of a young woman named Assata who is sent into a treacherous jungle to bring magic back to the garden of sisterhood. The film features a rich atmosphere and diverse cast, and offers a unique and inspiring fantasy experience from the minds of Kalie Acheson and Yazmin Monet Watkins.

Thistles and Thorns is a multi-format collaborative effort. We combined a film narrative with an art installation. A 54 second version of the film premiered on StandardVision’s 6 story LED facade in downtown LA. We also invited people to come watch the live performance in the form of a theatrical experience. There was a live event reception where guests toured the set installation, met the cast and crew, and were able to view the last take of a one-shot steadicam captured by Jessica Lopez. We dream of a book being made to reach a wider audience with Yazmin’s words and Kalie’s aesthetic imagination. The full short film was released via Shadow and Act. Other notable publications were AfroPunk and The Root.

Awards / Screenings:

One-Reeler Short Film Competition 2018 | Award Of Merit Best Short Film

LA shorts fest 2018 | Best Score, Best Experimental Platinum Award, Best Title / Credits Design


StandardVision DTLA LIVE Courtyard Marriott 2017

LA Women Rising Screening at the SoHo house for international Women’s day 2019

United Talent Agency Screening 2019

“The Color of Reality”

Transfixed by racial, political, and socioeconomic tensions saturating the news, movement artists Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, enveloped by the art of Alexa Meade, switch off the TV and release their emotion into a stirring dance that is both a lament and a spirited call to action.

Ground up produced and creative production by Kalie Acheson of ANIMI


PRE is a short film that follows users of the drug PREVuTANOL. It is a drug that stimulates the autobiographical memory recollection of patients with degenerative brain disorders like dementia and Alzheimer's. Patients use a PRE mask to breathe in a vaporized form of the PREVuTANOL through the nose and mouth.

Shortly after the drug’s release, an underground community emerged. These users, known as viewers, would mod the masks and manipulate the dosages to induce out-of-body, prolonged viewing times, and other modifications. This increase in dosage would often lead to long term effects and degradation of memories.

Rachel Cantu “Love Rush”

Music Video for Rachel Cantu’s song “Love Rush”

Ground up production and creative production by Kalie Acheson

Steady Holiday “Who’s Gonna Stop us”

Music Video for Steady Holiday’s song “Who’s Gonna Stop U”

Ground up production and creative production by Kalie Acheson


Commercial for Morreale Paris’ $20M perfume

Ground up production and creative production by Kalie Acheson