Currently in Production
Director: Brandon Kramer
Producer: Lance Kramer
Editor: Eddie Martinez
Cinematographers: Brandon Kramer, Ellie Walton
Assistant Editor: Jen Quintana
501(c)(3) Non-profit Fiscal Sponsor: Kartemquin Films
Green Corps (working title) is a new documentary chronicling the people impacted by the DC Green Corps, a green job training program created by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act. With a focus on two long-term unemployed blue-collar workers who attempt to break a cycle of drugs and hustling, Green Corps explores how urban forestry and community-based green works and job training projects have impacted struggling Americans and communities hardest hit by economic decline. A film about normal people fighting to provide for themselves, their families and environment, Green Corps 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 in an observational, verité style, combined with personal reflections and video diaries filmed on HD pocket camcorders by the characters themselves, Green Corps captures an intimate, firsthand portrait of the complicated landscape that staff, trainees and 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 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.
Supported in part by the United States Forest Service, District Department of Transportation, Bancroft Foundation and the All Souls Beckner Fund.
Watch the Green Corps transmedia prototype developed during the 2012 AFI Silverdocs/LivingDocs transmedia 'Hackathon' sponsored by the Mozilla Foundation, ITVS, Tribeca Film Institute, BAVC and the American University Center for Social Media.
As part of the feature film, Meridian Hill Pictures facilitated a comprehensive media arts residency with Green Corps trainees to produce four of their own short videos that express in their own voice how urban forestry and greening are helping to meet critical needs in underserved communities in Washington, DC. Watch the films below or visit the Green Corps Media Arts Residency Page for more info.
Corps Network Annual Conference
February 11, 2013
2012 AFI SILVERDOCS Hackathon Panel
June 21, 2012
Silver Spring, MD
Help us complete Green Corps.
Meridian Hill Pictures is currently accepting donations to support completion of Green Corps. All donors will be acknowledged in the credits of the film.
Please make checks payable to our non-profit fiscal sponsor: Kartemquin Films
and send to:
Meridian Hill Pictures
2437 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
or contact: Lance [at] meridianhillpictures.com
Living Docs Blog, July 16, 2012
Ellie Walton, documentary filmmaker and D.C. native, turns a wide lens on her city
By Carla Brolyes, The Washington Post, April 26, 2012