[PAST EVENT] Earth Week: "City of Trees" Film Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

April 20, 2018
4pm - 7pm
Swem Library, Ford Classroom, ground floor
400 Landrum Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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  • Open to the public

To celebrate Earth Day 2018, W&M Libraries is thrilled to be hosting a screening of City of Trees, by the D.C.-based documentary production company, Meridian Hill Pictures. We also welcome producer, filmmaker, and co-founder of Meridian Hill Pictures, Lance Kramer, for a Q&A session after the film.

LOCATION: Ford Classroom, Reeder Media Center
Q&A SESSION: 5:30 p.m.

This event is FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Sponsored by W&M Libraries, Film and Media Studies, and Africana Studies.
"Honest, real, explores the messy truth in all fights for environmental and social justice." ? Van Jones

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.

What sounds like a simple goal ? putting people back to work by planting trees ? becomes complicated by community tensions and a fast-approaching deadline before the grant money runs out. Filmed in an unflinching and compelling verit? 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.


Directed by Brandon Kramer, produced by Lance Kramer.
A film by Meridian Hill Pictures, in association with Kartemquin Films and Magic Labs Media.

CITY OF TREES had its world premiere at the 2015 American Conservation Film Festival (Audience Choice Award Winner). The film was an official selection in more than 20 film festivals including the 2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and had its public broadcast premiere on the PBS/WORLD Channel program America ReFramed.

Meridian Hill Pictures is a mission-driven documentary production company proudly based in Washington, DC. Started by brothers Brandon and Lance Kramer in 2010, MHP is a team of passionate and innovative filmmakers and teaching artists committed to sharing untold stories through documentary video. MHP's unique model produces independent documentary films, commissioned short-form docs, and video storytelling trainings for dozens of non-profit, educational and public partners. MHP makes films rooted in building trust with all participants, honest storytelling and an inherent respect for all perspectives. MHP?s work raises awareness of pressing social issues, democratizes the medium, builds people?s storytelling capacity, and strategically shares under-represented community perspectives with broad audiences.

Meridian Hill Pictures? independent films have been featured at respected film festivals including Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM), Annapolis Film Festival, DC Shorts Film Festival, and DC Environmental Film Festival. MHP has worked with nonprofit clients including AARP Foundation, National Park Service, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Ashoka Foundation, and International Baccalaureate. In 2014, MHP received the Mayor's Arts Award, the highest honor given to working artists in the District of Columbia.

For more information on Meridian Hill Pictures, visit: http://meridianhillpictures.com/


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