Currently in Production
Director: Brandon Kramer
Producer: Lance Kramer
Director of Photography: Ellie Walton
Development Interns: Abigail Maravalli, Simone Peer, Laura Rose
Research Interns: Farrah Hassen, Electra Bolotas, Jeffery Kearney
Production: Marley Moynahan, Daniel Neumann, John Dillion
Outreach: Lisa Allen, Alexis Fearon, Dena Levitz
501(c)(3) Non-profit Fiscal Sponsor: Kartemquin Educational Films
Green Corps (working title) is a new documentary chronicling the people impacted by the DC Green Corps, a green job training program created by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act; and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), created under FDR’s New Deal in the 1930s. The film explores how urban forestry and community-based green works and job training projects have impacted struggling Americans and communities hardest hit by economic decline. The interwoven portrait of the people, parks, communities and histories is unique, focusing on those whose struggles and hopes are representative and iconic of the American zeitgeist in the age of recession and rebuilding.
Filmed in an observational, verité style, combined with personal reflections and video diaries filmed on HD pocket camcorders by the characters themselves, Green Corps captures an intimate, firsthand portrait of the complicated landscape that staff, trainees and 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 have undergone periods of extreme decline and how restoration work in the urban parks intersects with broader community change. This dynamic relationship between urban people and their natural surroundings is at the core of the story.
Supported in part by the Bancroft Foundation and the All Souls Beckner Fund.
Watch the Green Corps transmedia prototype developed during the 2012 AFI Silverdocs/LivingDocs transmedia 'Hackathon' sponsored by the Mozilla Foundation, ITVS, Tribeca Film Institute, BAVC and the American University Center for Social Media.
Learn more about the Maryland CCC alumni profiled in Green Corps in our short film Chapter 113.
As part of the feature film, Meridian Hill Pictures facilitated a comprehensive media arts residency with Green Corps trainees to produce four of their own short videos that express in their own voice how urban forestry and greening are helping to meet critical needs in underserved communities in Washington, DC. Watch the films below or visit the Green Corps Media Arts Residency Page for more info.
Corps Network Annual Conference
February 11, 2013
2012 AFI SILVERDOCS Hackathon Panel
June 21, 2012
Silver Spring, MD
Living Docs Blog, July 16, 2012
Ellie Walton, documentary filmmaker and D.C. native, turns a wide lens on her city
By Carla Brolyes, The Washington Post, April 26, 2012