GMU Visiting Filmmakers: City of Trees

Still from City of Trees

Still from City of Trees

GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: City of Trees

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Johnson Center, Cinema
Q&A with Brandon and Lance Kramer to follow


76 min, USA, directed by Brandon Kramer, produced by Lance Kramer
a film by Meridian Hill Pictures, in association with Kartemquin Films and Magic Labs Media

At the height of the recession, the nonprofit organization Washington Parks & People received a stimulus grant to create a "green" job-training program in the Washington, D.C. communities hardest hit. They had two years to help unemployed people find jobs and improve parks in their neighborhoods. What sounds like a simple goal — putting people back to work by planting trees — becomes complicated by a community’s distrust of outsiders 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.

Read more about the FAMS event here.
Presented by Film and Media Studies, Film and Video Studies, Mason Reads, University Libraries, Honors College, Off Campus Student Programs and Services, Center for Climate Change Communication, African and African American Studies, the English Department, and University Life.