November 1, 2017 3004 Studios

“Poetry Saved Our Lives” – on YouTube!

3004 Studios is so proud to offically share the online version of our documentary Poetry Saved Our Lives – available worldwide – thanks to the Toronto Public Library. We filmed and edited this project through 2015, following 3 inspiring spoken word coaches, and their mentees; young emerging poets with lots to say. The film captures inspiring performances that tackle important themes to young artists such as: love, trust, islamophobia, racism, and neighbourhood stigma. 2015 was a year full of possibility thanks to the Pan Am games. In the documentary, a performance as part of the Games looms over the coaches and poets, as they get ready to perform on the Pan Am stage in front of thousands of people. This documentary is a testament of how artists overcome challenges to better their craft, and to the importance of artist mentors in creating the next generation of artists in our city. We hope you enjoy it!
You can watch the full documentary here:

Director: Monica Gutierrez
DOP: Galen Brown
Second Camera: Monica Gutierrez
Editor: Galen Brown
Producer: Toronto Public Library