To Find Your Place in the World

An animated poetry short that brings alive the challenges and rewards of giving back to your community.

"To Find Your Place in the World" is an animated poetry short film that brings alive the challenges and rewards of giving back to your community. The piece follows four young people as they commit to a year of service finding themselves and their communities in the process. Drawing from the traditions of both social realism and surrealism, the visuals are underscored by a spoken word poem that illuminates the characters' experiences and inner transformations.
The piece is a collaboration between myself and poet Kelly Tsai, sound designer Mike Skinner, and original music by Norvis Jr. We premiered "To Find Your Place in the World" this July at the Public Allies National Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. The film has been distributed by AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps Alums, and stills from the animation were included in the American Illustration 35 exhbition, book, and archives. Please share with audiences you feel it would resonate with!

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