a film by Meridian Hill Pictures

About the film

A deeply personal story about the struggle for good jobs and environmental justice in our cities.

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, must hire 150 unemployed residents to plant several thousand trees and provide training in the soft skills required to get a job. For Charles Holcomb, the paycheck offers a chance to give...

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CITY OF TREES' Editor Edwin Martinez's article featured in IDA Magazine

CITY OF TREES' editor Eddie Martinez writes about the ways we wrestled with ethics of race, class and perspective in the July 2016 issue of International Documentary Association's Documentary Magazine.
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Five Reasons We're Excited To Be Screening at the Brooklyn Film Festival

There’s plenty of reasons why we are excited to have CITY OF TREES be a part of the 19th annual Brooklyn Film Festival. Here’s our top 5.
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CITY OF TREES screens at the U.S. Department of Labor & Department of Agriculture

  Over the past two weeks, we have had the unique opportunity to screen City of Trees for staff and stakeholders at the US Department of Agriculture/Forest Service and US Department of Labor. At both screenings, the film spurred honest...
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