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City of Trees

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Currently in Production

Director: Brandon Kramer
Producer: Lance Kramer
Editor: Edwin Martinez
Original Music: Brian Satz
Associate Producer: Lindsay Davis
Cinematographers: Brandon Kramer, Ellie Walton
Assistant Editors: Jen Quintana, Sara Fusco
Consulting Producers: Gordon Quinn, Justine Nagan, Katy Chevigny

501(c)(3) Non-profit Fiscal Sponsor: Kartemquin Films 


With a focus on three blue-collar workers attempting to break a cycle of drugs and long-term unemployment in their neighborhood, City of Trees (working title) explores how one urban forestry job training program in our nation's capital impacted struggling Americans in a community hardest hit by economic decline. A film about normal people fighting to provide for themselves, their families and environment, City of Trees offers a critical new perspective on the impact of the largest domestic policy in a century, focusing on the challenges of retraining America’s working poor for a volatile and unpredictable 21st century economy.

Filmed over three years, City of Trees employs a largely hand-held verité approach, offering an intimate, firsthand portrait of the complicated landscape that community members navigate as they attempt to rebuild public parks, local economies and lives. The film explores the relationship between urban communities and their public green spaces, chronicling how the parks, rivers and streams east of DC's Anacostia River have undergone periods of extreme decline — and how restoration work in the urban parks intersects with broader community change. This dynamic relationship between urban people and their natural surroundings is at the core of the story. What sounds like a simple goal — planting trees in a blighted neighborhood — opens up a complex web of community challenges often overlooked by outsiders. In the age of recession and rebuilding, City of Trees is a relatable story that will spark dialogue about how public institutions, communities, parks and people can redefine their role in the 21st century economy.

Supported in part by the United States Forest Service, District Department of Transportation, Bancroft Foundation and the All Souls Beckner Fund.




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