Racist Trees

Racist Trees

Cut off from the glitz and glamour of Palm Springs and in the shadow of 60-foot Tamarisk trees, lay the historically Black Lawrence Crossley neighborhood. Planted to line the 14th fairway of a City-owned golf course, the trees have become the focal point of frustration and animosity for some local residents, who see the trees as an enduring symbol of redlining. For decades, residents have been forced to put up with the trees, which are so invasive, they have been officially categorized as a pest by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Until now— when an unlikely activist and recent White transplant, fights the City for the trees' removal—but is his mission as altruistic as it seems?

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Sara Newens

Mina T. Son



Directors: Sara Newens, Mina T. Son
Producer: Joanna Sokolowski
Cinematographer: Jerry Henry
Editor: Joe Peeler
Music: William Ryan Fritch
Principal Cast: Charles Metcalf, Trae Daniel, Christopher Kevin Williams, J.R. Roberts
Additional Credits: Camera Assistant: Serena Hodges, Sound: Alan Sanchez


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Sara Newens
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2020
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Episodic Pilot Competition
Screening Category: Episodic
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 11 mins