City of Trees Press Release


2016 Environmental Film Festival Presents

Washington, D.C. Premiere of City of Trees


The 24th annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, March 15-26, will present the Washington, D.C. premiere of City of Trees, directed by Brandon Kramer and produced by Lance Kramer of D.C.’s Meridian Hill Pictures. The film profiles the work of a D.C. nonprofit as it struggles, at the height of the recession, to implement an ambitious green jobs initiative to improve underserved city parks by planting trees.

The 76-minute film tells the story of what happens when a stimulus grant enables Washington Parks & People to hire 150 unemployed residents to plant trees in urban parks. With only six months until the grant money runs out, serious obstacles block their path and speak to deep rifts in the life of the city — racial tensions, uneven government support, and locals who feel their voices have not been heard. But, for the trainees, the program represents something much more hopeful: the means to give a child a better life, a second chance after a conviction, or a path to community leadership.

The film will be screened twice during the Festival: on March 16 as the centerpiece of the Festival’s Sustainable D.C. Program at the Carnegie Institution for Science in NW Washington and on March 23 at the Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus in SE Washington.

The March 16 screening will be introduced by Van Jones, Founder and President of The Dream Corps and Green For All, and followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers; James Hubbard, Deputy Chief of the U.S. Forest Service; and film subjects, including Steve Coleman, Executive Director, Washington Parks & People. THEARC screening on March 23 will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers; Dr. Monica Lear, Director, Forest Health Protection, U.S. Forest Service; Sonal Shah, Executive Director, Beek Center for Social Impact & Innovation, Georgetown University; and film subjects, including Michael Samuels.

“For our team, the D.C. Environmental Film Festival will be the perfect place to launch City of Trees in our hometown, Washington, D.C.,” said producer Lance Kramer. “In the spirit of honoring the people and communities profiled in the film, we are delighted that the Festival will host a ‘dual premiere’ with two screenings at flagship venues in both Northwest and Southeast DC to maximize accessibility and diversity.”

Environmental Film Festival’s Director of Programming Brad Forder commented, “City of Trees documents a compelling story that includes the struggle by a group of people to make environmental change in D.C. by rebuilding and sustaining the city’s natural spaces.  It is a wonderful fit for our 2016 Festival lineup and we are thrilled to be screening the D.C. premiere.”


Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital is the nation’s largest and longest-running environmental film festival and the largest film festival in Washington, D.C. The 2016 Festival will present more than 140 films from March 15-26. Documentaries, narratives, animations, and shorts, as well as archival, experimental, and children’s films on a variety of environmental topics — with a special focus on Parks: Protecting Wild — will be screened at over 50 venues across the Washington, D.C. area and many events are free. For the complete schedule, visit the Festival website, and find us on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube.




PDF of press release available here.