“To This Day” – A Must See Anti-Bullying Video!
February 24, 2013
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I found this incredible video that I promise you won’t soon forget. It’s called “To This Day.” The spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan worked with dozens of animators, who each illustrated roughly 20-second segments of his poem about the bullying he and others experienced growing up. It’s a beautiful, very powerful film. If you do nothing else, find a few minutes (7 to be exact) and watch it. Here is what Shane Koyczan is all about in his own words. Check out his website when you get a chance:
This animated piece is the result of a group of individuals coming together and binding their talents in an expression of solidarity and compassion. I am humbled by the extraordinary efforts of those who selflessly gave their time and committed themselves to bring out this message in such a beautiful way.
My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways.
I wrote “To This Day”, a spoken word poem, to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.
Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. We can give them a starting point… A message that will have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying.
About Mr. Kevin
I was born and raised in suburban Philadelphia. I graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I am a writer, blogger and teen advocate. The books I have written include the award-winning TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL, A 9/11 SHORT STORY, OUR LITTLE SECRET, A SECRET CHILL, BANI’S DILEMMA, BANI FINDS HER SOMETHING and BANI – LIKE A PRAYER.
I have been accused of being an incurable romantic and very passionate. maybe that’s what makes me a good writer…or maybe not…that’s for you to decide. Living in New York City I love all that it has to offer, from theatre to movies, to museums to the thousands of great restaurants. What a better way to do all of that than with that special person…living, loving, laughing, talking, holding hands, enjoying each others company and sharing each others lives. I am a big Yankees fan. My interests also include traveling, cooking and shopping.
On June 20, 2008, life as I knew it changed forever. It's the day I married my best friend...the love of my life...WALTER INFANTE. With him there are no more voids in my life. I have found happiness beyond my wildest dreams...a happiness that I pray everyone can experience in their life times. Whoever said that turning 50 meant that you were on the down-sloop of your life was soooo wrong! I have never felt better or younger!
I told you I was an incurable romantic!
Way back in 1981 I graduated from one of the top linguistic schools in the country - Millersville University of Pennsylvania, located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. I woke up post mornings to the smell of cow manure emanating from the working farm across the street from my dorm, and the clip-clop of horse and buggies on their way to work or church, the primary mode of transportation for most Amish people in this part of rural Lancaster County. It was here where I became fluent in German, Russian, Polish and French. I didn't master Spanish until after I met Walter...go figure.
I have often been asked what the key is to being a good writer. There, of course, is no one answer to that question. For me there are a couple of things. First, you need to be motivated. You need to be fired-up and believe that you can do this. What many people don't realize is that writing, if you are doing it for a living, is work, and you must treat it as such. I believe that to be a good writer you must persevere and write every single day-including Saturday and Sunday-no matter how bad you might think the stuff you are writing is. I like to journal. I've been doing it since I was 13-years old. Back than I used it as therapy to recover from my sexually abusive life at the time. Back than I never thought that the stuff I wrote would ever see the light of day. The truth is I prayed that no one would ever read what I was writing. It was for my eyes only. But now, when I'm working on my books I often refer back to those journals for inspiration. It's amazing what little gems I unwittingly write down that at the time seemed like nothing, but end up becoming pivotal scenes in my stories.