City of Trees

Production Assistant, 2012

Filmed over three years, City of Trees employs a largely hand-held verité approach, offering an intimate, firsthand portrait of the complicated landscape that community members navigate as they attempt to rebuild public parks, local economies and lives. The film explores the relationship between urban communities and their public green spaces, chronicling how the parks, rivers and streams east of DC's Anacostia River have undergone periods of extreme decline — and how restoration work in the urban parks intersects with broader community change.