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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Video Animated Short Film and TED Talk: "To This Day" a poem by Shane Koyczan

Click here for TED Talk of Shane Koyczan spoken-word poetry and music.

His video-poem "To This Day" is a powerful story of bullying and survival, illustrated by animators from around the world.

"If you have time to watch only one video today, it should probably be this one", Yahoo! News.
Mashable and Slate called the video, "Powerful!" and "Beautiful!"

"It will reshape your views on name calling, harassment and pain.'" - Huffington Post

Shane Koyczan is a poet, author and musician. He performed at the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, where an audience of more than 1 billion people worldwide heard his piece “We Are More.” He has also published three books: Stickboy, Our Deathbeds Will Be Thirsty, and Visiting Hours, selected by both the Guardian and the Globe and Mail for their Best Books of the Year lists. 

In 2012, Koyczan released a full-length album with his band Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long. The album includes the viral hit “To This Day,” which highlights the anguish of anyone who grew up feeling different or just a little bit alone. To bring visual life to this image-rich poem, Koyczan invited artists from around the world to contribute 20-second segments of animation to the project. Posted on YouTube on Feb. 19, 2013, by the close of the month the video had been viewed 6 million times.