a film by Meridian Hill Pictures


About the film

"A parable of human aspiration" — Patricia Aufderheide

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 his newborn daughter...

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City of Trees airs on Maryland Public Television

In April, CITY OF TREES will have a special broadcast on Maryland Public Television on the Emmy-nominated series America ReFramed.
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CITY OF TREES screening at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in DC

We are honored that noted homeless advocate Eric Sheptock will host a screening of CITY OF TREES at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in downtown DC on Friday, March 3rd from 2-5pm.
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Lance and Brandon take part in GMU's Visiting Filmmakers Series

Lance and Brandon were invited by George Mason University Visiting Filmmakers Series on the day after the 2016 election to visit film classes, engage with students, and screen CITY OF TREES + THE MESSY TRUTH followed by Q&A discussion moderated by Professor Rutledge...
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