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The intimate story of one community's fight for equal access to good jobs and safe parks in our nation's capital.
The intimate story of one community's fight for equal access to good jobs and safe parks in our nation's capital.
The intimate story of one community's fight for equal access to good jobs and safe parks in our nation's capital.
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    THANK YOU

    Our heartfelt thanks for contributing to City of Trees and showing your support. We'll give you a shout out on Facebook or Twitter (if you want) and add your name to the City of Trees website as a supporter (with your permission, of course).

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    DIGITAL LINK

    We'll send you a digital download link of City of Trees as soon as the film is finished!

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    DIGITAL LINK + MHP COMMUNITY SHORTS

    Get the digital download of City of Trees PLUS Community Shorts Vol. 1 created by Meridian Hill Pictures. This limited edition 2-DVD set features a diverse collection of award-winning documentary projects created between 2010 - 2012 by Brandon Kramer, Lance Kramer, and Ellie Walton. We'll mail you the DVDs--or come say hi and pick them up at the studio!

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    PRE-SALE DVD

    Reserve a copy of the DVD now! When City of Trees is finished, we'll send you a copy signed by director and producer — or pick it up directly from the MHP studio!

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    KARTEMQUIN DVDs signed by Gordon Quinn + City of Trees DIGITAL LINK

    A three-volume collection of Kartemquin Films featuring classics: Thumbs Down (1968); Parents (1968); Hum 255 (1969); What the Fuck are these Red Squares? (1970); Anonymous Artists of America (1970); Marco (1970). SIGNED BY RENOWNED FILMMAKER GORDON QUINN!!

    PLUS the digital download link of City of Trees

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    PICNIC in the PARK + DVD

    Let's have a picnic! Come to Meridian Hill Park on a Sunday this spring to enjoy the drum circle, meet the director and producer, and eat some delicious food (provided by us).

    PLUS get a signed DVD of City of Trees

    -exact date TBD-

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    SNEAK PEAK SCREENING + DVD

    Come to the Meridian Hill Pictures studio to see a sneak peak screening of City of Trees. Exact date TBD and transportation isn't included (sorry)

    PLUS a signed City of Trees DVD

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    LIMITED EDITION HOODIE + DIGITAL LINK

    The cozy limited edition pull-over hoodie features the City of Trees title design. We'll send you the digital link to the film too.

    Estimated FMV: $50

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    SIGNED BOOK by VAN JONES + PRE-SALE DVD

    "The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems" written by CNN Crossfire co-host Van Jones. Get a SIGNED copy of his NYTimes best-selling book plus a City of Trees DVD signed by the producer and director.

    LIMITED QUANTITY!

    FMV: $35

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    FILM CONSULTATION + DIGITAL LINK

    Lance or Brandon will spend two hours consulting you on your own film, creating a social issue documentary, a media education project, or career advice for emerging filmmakers.

    PLUS the digital download link

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    DVD- INSTITUTIONAL LICENSE

    Show the film in your classroom! Institutional DVD copies come with a limited public performance license that allows classroom and library use, and on-campus screenings that are free for students of that school and not advertised to the general public.

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    COMMUNITY SCREENING + DVD

    Bring the film and the director & producer to your community. Brandon and Lance will attend a local screening, facilitate discussion, and answer questions. If you'd like a screening but aren't in the DC-area, we are happy to do the discussion over Skype.

    PLUS a signed copy of the DVD

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    VIP TICKETS TO DC PREMIER

    Attend the DC Premier of City of Trees as a VIP! As our special guest, you'll be invited to the premier pre-party, get a signed DVD, movie poster, City of Trees hoodie, and special acknowledgment at the event.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT

    See your name on the big screen! You'll be credited as an Associate Producer in the final film. Plus we'll throw in a signed DVD, movie poster, a City of Trees hoodie, and TWO VIP tickets to the DC Premier Screening.

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    SHORT DOC VIDEO

    To help promote City of Trees among past, current, and future client partners, we're offering a limited-time offer to produce a 3-10 minute video about your organization or community. This includes:
    - Pre-Production with the MHP director + producer to plan the video concept
    - One full-day (up to 10 hours) of filming interviews and b-roll
    - All post-production (including client feedback and output to DVD and the web) to produce the final cut

    (travel costs + time not included, FMV: $5,000)

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT

    This is the big-time! Your name will appear in the opening credits AND you'll get two VIP tickets to the DC premier, a signed DVD and movie poster, and a City of Trees hoodie.

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    PROFESSIONAL VIDEO TRAINING

    As a promotion for City of Trees, we're offering a professional video-training session for your organization, business, school, or community! Learn how to use iPads to create and share meaningful digital stories.

    The 3-part training includes:
    - Three four-hour sessions covering planning, filming, and editing documentary videos
    - Professional guidance while your group creates up to two videos
    - Consulting on how to save and share the videos on social media
    - Plus, MHP will provide necessary iPad equipment and resource guides for the training

    Things to note:
    - training is for a maximum of five people
    - must be in the DC -area
    - this isn't a tax deductible donation (sorry!)

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