Press About Little Creatures:


"Spirit Ship" by Faith Evans-Sills on her blog Leaves and Feathers. December 27, 2010.

"Playful Spirits" by Katie Garton of New York Family. December 22, 2010.

"Spirit Ship: il film misterioso raccontato dai bambini" by Paolo Beneventi, my colleague in Italy who also makes films with children. December 21, 2010.

"On Earth As it Is": An interview about Spirit Ship with Rachel Federman of Last American Childhood. December 16, 2010.

"Hard to get the kids outdoors? Some approaches." AP article by Melissa Rayworth, April 20, 2010. Download PDF.

Feature article, Small Magazine, Autumn 2009.

Press Kit:

Spirit Ship Press Kit

Press Releases:

Spirit Ship Fundraiser in Red Hook, Brooklyn on June 12, 2010

Spirit Ship Trailer Screens at Festivals Around the World

What People are Saying:


• It was like playing house or something, but you really doing it on a real camera. Cause playing house, you make stuff. But it's like, real. On a movie, you do fake stuff, but it's like it's real. It was interesting because we explored stuff a lot and go on adventures. And we see special stuff and mysteries, and I love doing mysteries.
- Heaven, 2nd grade, featured in Spirit Ship (shot when in 1st grade), Brooklyn, NY.

• It was interesting, it’s like you’re in the movie, like Alice in Wonderland, like you fell asleep watching it, and then you got into the movie.        - 2nd grader featured in Ark, Brooklyn, NY

• It’s mysterious.   The boy’s voice, in the background, and the girl, singing.  I mean, you don’t see who’s talking, but you hear this boy, and you hear this girl, and you see all these pictures, and you don’t really know what’s going to happen.  It sort of leaves you intrigued, it doesn’t say, “Oh, this is a film about blah, blah, blah,” it leaves you wondering.  It intrigues you.    -Mollie, 4th Grade, Brooklyn, NY (re: Spirit Ship trailer)

• It’s so like, it’s real.  Cause like black and white, it’s really cool.  Very mysterious.  Looks like they’re going to explore the beach, and what’s in the ocean.  It reminds me of my garden, and looking through old things, going into little forts that I made, in between yards.  The voices were so mysterious.    –Ewan, 4th grade, Brooklyn, NY (re: Spirit Ship trailer)


• Being a part of Spirit Ship was amazing. It was an unusual opportunity for the children to explore the inner world of their imaginations, unscripted and organic, within the the space of a highly professional and creative team of adult artists, technicians and educators. The technology, blended with the spontaneous magic of the children's own perspectives will undoubtedly create a finished piece that can be interpreted and reintegrated in a variety of ways within a classroom. A confluence of creativity, both censored and uncensored in this way, should create a product that is worth sharing because it is uniquely authentic without being overdone. Just as the children, who came from varying backgrounds and ages, all seemed to work together very well, there is also a quiet, pondering aesthetic within the finished product which should easily draw in audiences of all ages. This is a new, fresh, highly educational and developmentally superior approach to bringing the powerful art of film to young people. It won't be surprising if the children involved continue on a road intrigued by this art form for their own voices' sakes and at the very same time learn something valuable about collaborating in the arts with others.
Elisha Georgiou, Art Educator and Mother of Sophia (Spirit Ship), Brooklyn, NY

• As the mother of a 10-year-old boy I am, of course, invested and concerned about the impact of the media that he consumes and the availability of inspiring and enriching choices today.  In a time when most of the children's movie and television offerings are geared toward advertising revenue, thus toward adult spending dollars as opposed to engaging the power of childhood imagination, I am delighted and grateful for those gems that do come along such as Little Creatures. I would gladly support more initiatives such as these that speak to the true essence of childhood and would rather put my dollars in movies and projects like these.
- Kathy Malone, Clothing Designer and Mother of Milo (Spirit Ship), Brooklyn, NY

• The Spirit Ship project empowered the girls in ways that I had never imagined which they will forever remember.
- Olawa Gibson, 1st Grade Teacher and Mother of Maya and Lindsy (Spirit Ship), NYC


• Kristin captures the authentic sights and sounds of childhood. She uses her camera as a lens into the deepest inner-workings of a child’s mind . . . As children are empowered to create their own narratives in video form, they recognize the universality of childhood themes and imagery, of problems and possible solutions, in ways probably impossible to achieve by other means.  The world grows smaller, but the imagination and compassion of each child and teacher grows larger.
- Vivian Gussin Paley, author of 12 books on the lives of young children, most recently A Child’s Work:  the Importance of Fantasy Play

• The remarkable videos made by Kristin Eno and Little Creatures are unique in their ability to bring us into the very life of childhood play itself. Whether viewed by children or adults, they allow us to experience first hand the child's natural ability to truly improvise from the simplest of materials and ideas into magical realms of delighted enchantment and imaginings. Wonderful as tools for teaching the importance of play - or as a means to validate for children why their playing is always meaningful, these videos should be made available to anyone who cares for what learning and education need to be about – and could become. 
-   Richard Lewis, Director of the Touchstone Center for Children; teacher and author/editor of over 20 books and videos about childhood, poetry and play

• Media is very powerful for children. These videos are authentic because they record the children’s environment. This is not “Kristin’s Project,” this is the kids’ project. We as teachers are artists and are nurturing our students as artists and deeper thinkers. Video presents art and captures the moment, reviewing things you may not have seen. What ultimately comes out of these projects is empathy. . . when kids view the films and see themselves and each other…they want to hear and be heard.
- Shariffa Martinez, Early Kindergarten Teacher, Brooklyn, NY


• Oral storytelling is so important as a foundation for our early childhood students as writers. I think [making videos] is fun for children.  And kids’ lives aren’t fun enough. The overall way of providing a sanctioned, fun activity as part of curriculum is very important for teachers.  These projects help to prod and push teachers to incorporate early childhood children’s natural instincts to make sense of their lives through play and storytelling, into their schedules.  I think they have a powerful effect.
- Principal, Public School in Brooklyn, NY


• What I like most about Kristin’s work is that she manages to establish a seamless dialogue between her artistic vision, her teaching, and her scholarly efforts.  Although her first videos had originated within an educational arena, they were already full of poetry.  All along, she has managed to integrate her art with her educational projects through the exploration of essential human themes—birth, life, nature, play.  I believe that, in honoring children’s play, Little Creatures' movies will also help audiences reflect and learn about the overall experience of being human. 
- Olga Hubard, Assistant Professor of Art Education, Columbia University Teachers College

• I value the video camera as a creative tool to help children reflect and to create.  The most exciting segment of Sophie in the Trees to me was the post-production voiceover of the preschool child's walk through the snow.  It seems that the children watching her and speaking her story were giving motivation/reason to her action as it happened on the TV monitor.  One child mentioned that you have to step carefully become sometimes the snow gives way.  Another mentioned that the girl in the video was looking at "something that we cannot see."  So one can reasonably conclude that she knew that the camera was not focusing on the object the protagonist was looking at. 
- George Forman, Professor Emeritus, Education Department, UMass Amherst; Founder and Director, Videatives

Professionals in the Media/Art/Education Field:

• The work planning, implementing and assessing Little Creatures is experimental, engaging and has been funded several times over the past few years.  Little Creatures somehow manages to capture those in between, intimate and precious places that one imagines cannot be documented easily. 
- Hawley Hussey, Director of Education, BRIC’s Rotunda Gallery