City of Trees

Direction
Year 
2015
Country
  • United States 
Runtime
76min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

English and spanish subtitles are available for DVD download format only.

Since 1990, nonprofit Washington Parks & People has tried to reduce poverty and violence in Washington, D.C. neighborhoods by improving parks. At the height of the recession, the organization received a stimulus grant to create a "green" job-training program in communities hardest hit. They had two years to help unemployed people find jobs and care for parks in their neighborhoods.

Steve Coleman, a grassroots environmental activist who directs the organization, is tasked with using the grant to hire 150 unemployed residents to care for the city's most blighted urban parks and improve upon the soft skills required to get a job. For Charles Holcomb, the paycheck offers him a chance to give his newborn daughter the life he never had. For Michael Samuels, the job training is a first step forward after a drug conviction marred his employment record. For James Magruder, the program offers a chance to prove that his neighborhood roots position him as an unsung leader.

What sounds like a simple goal — putting people back to work by planting trees — becomes complicated by local racial and community tensions, and a fast-approaching deadline before the grant money runs out. Filmed in an unflinching and compelling verité approach over the course of more than two years, CITY OF TREES thrusts viewers into the inspiring but messy world of job training and the paradoxes changemakers face in urban communities everyday.

Collections

Details

  • Original Title
    City of Trees
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Brandon Kramer, Lance Kramer
  • Cinematography
    Brandon Kramer, Ellie Walton
  • Editing
    Edwin Martinez
  • Music
    Brian Satz
  • Sound
    Elizabeth Fausak
  • Runtime
    76 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2015
  • Country
    • United States
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Distribution

DAFilms.com is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

Doc Alliance Members

Sign up to receive regular updates on our film program:

By signing up for the newsletter, I hereby consent to receiving commercial communications by electronic means and to all relevant personal data processing required for the purpose of sending the Doc-Air, z.s. newsletter. I hereby confirm that I have read and familiarized myself with the Principles of Personal Data Processing and that I consent to the text therein. I also hereby acknowledge the rights specified herein, including, without limitation, the right to submit objections against direct marketing techniques.

Poslat svému Junioru

Zavřít