Circus, written by Tom Waits and narrated by Ken Nordine

Ways & Means features original ‘grown up’ children’s story collaborations by some of this era’s most compelling storytellers from the worlds of music and contemporary art. The project supports NGOs and nonprofit organisations advancing children’s causes around the world including Room to Read, Pencils of Promise, 826 National and more. View a literary mixtape that explains the project here

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Karl Lokko – Urine Village

Karl Lokko – Urine Village

I first met Karl almost eight years ago in Brixton, London. He is quite an imposing person given I stand 6ft, and he still towers over me like a giant from Han Christian Anderson fairy tale. As with many Black kids growing up within our inner cities, Karl had tough choices to make and dangerous lessons to learn. The first day we cast eyes on one another I was in my local government uniform and tie he was wearing a bulletproof vest. He talked rapidly about the life he was leading, the inspirational pastor who was helping him to rebuild his life, his dreams, his aspiration. He was young, but already time was catching up with him. Over the years he stumbled but resisted a return to the life he once led. Today Karl is a husband, poet, activist, influencer, and incredible human being who I am proud to call a friend. This is Karl’s first release of his poetry online. If you want to know more about Karl then click here.

Gelatine

Gelatine

This ‘Gelatine’ video tells the reversed story of how gelatine candy is actually produced. Starting from wrapped candy, going all the way back it reveals a detailed and truthful story on daily foods and its origin.

Gelatine is one in a series of reversed stories on food for  ‘Over Eten’ (On Food) a tv show focusing on our present knowledge about food, produced by the news department of flemish public broadcaster VRT, Belgium made by Alina Kneepkens who is a freelance director and reporter (click here).

Sea Child

Sea Child

On the verge of becoming a woman Sora is woken by a nightmare and decides to follow a group of men into the city in the hope of finding her mum. Created from over 9000 paintings, which took 9-months of working 10-12 hours a day, 6-7 days a week to complete, Minha Kim’s unsettling animation Sea Child draws you in with its distinct style and then punches you in the gut with the rawness of its narrative. All that hard work certainly paid off for Kim though, her 8-minute animation has gone on to screen at some of the biggest film and animation festivals worldwide before being released online to surprise and enthrall a brand new audience.

Directed by Minha Kim, Produced by Jacob Thomas, Cinematography by Sverre Sørdal, Composer Antonio Nardi, Sound Designer John Cohen.

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Venezia

Much has been made about the wonders of Venice, but few ever venture deep enough across its less touristy, yet still historical hidden places. Beyond hundreds of canals and a diverse architectural style, a secret facet of Venetian life lives on, in which the journey of hand crafting gondola wooden oars and loomed fabrics remains rooted in ancient folk traditions. This short film uncovers the secrets that have been handed down from father to son and projects you to the Venice that existed 500 years ago, immersing you in the extraordinary craftsmen’s veiled workshops that belong to a long lost era. This project has been produced in partnership with René Caovilla, the master Venetian shoemaker who has overwhelmed the world with his creations. This video is an homage to the city of Venice on behalf of René Caovilla

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