I really loved a short Sesame Street film that I came across on Facebook. Directed and co-produced by New York-based director Ian Harnarine, the “Beautiful Skin Song” video celebrates diversity, joy in being who you are and “feeling good in your own skin” [if I may steal the French phrase, “se sentir bien dans sa peau”]. Here is some information on the director (see full video in the link below):
Ian Harnarine was born in Toronto to Trinidadian parents. He studied physics at York University and the University of Illinois. He has an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Film School where he now teaches. Harnarine is a member of the National Board of Review and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. His films include work for TEDMED and Sesame Street. His short film Doubles with Slight Pepper (Executive Produced by Spike Lee) won the Toronto International Film Festival Award for Best Canadian Short Film and the Canadian Academy Award.
At the moment, Harnarine is co-writing Time Traveler with Spike Lee, an adaptation of David Chariandy’s novel Soucouyant and a feature adaptation of Doubles with Slight Pepper. Recently, he was selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film and profiled in the New York Times. [See more on the film here: http://www.doubleswithslightpepper.com/.]
See Sesame Street video “Beautiful Skin Song” (2:13 minutes) here:
For more information, see http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/seeking-a-new-york-audience-for-a-film-rooted-in-trinidad/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0, http://filmmakermagazine.com/people/ian-harnarine/#.VDMy57rD9et, http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/canada/the-genie-awards-celebrating-32-years-of-canadian-film-203645.html and http://filmmakermagazine.com/52408-ian-harnarines-toronto-film-festival-diary/#.VDM0tvk7uFw