• Racist Trees

    Directed by Sara Newens, Mina T. Son
    USA | 85 minutes | North American Premiere | Local Spotlight

Was the planting of tamarisk trees along the historically Black Lawrence Crossley neighborhood in Palm Springs a symbol of segregation? The battle to uproot them gained national attention and divided the community until their removal in 2018. This revealing, nuanced documentary explores the heated controversy in all its gnarled complexity.

film details

Director: Sara Newens, Mina T. Son
Producers: Joanna Sokolowski, Courtney Parker, Justin Baldoni, Andrew Calof
Screenwriter: Sara Newens, Joanna Sokolowski
Cinematographers: Jerry Henry
Editor: Sara Newens
Music: William Ryan Fritch
Cast: Charles Metcalf, Jr., Kevin Williams, Trae Daniel, J.R. Roberts, Corinne Kennedy, Jarvis Crawford, Kevin Harmon, Rosie Mediano Harmon, Janel Hunt
Country: USA
Language: English
Year: 2022
Running Time: 85 minutes
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Director Filmography: Top Spin (2014)
Primary Company: Wild Pair Films
Contact Email: sara@wildpairfilms.com

guests in attendance

Sara Newens, Mina T. Son, Joanna Sokolowski, Courtney Parker, Endyia Kinney-Sterns, and Jerry Henry are expected to be in attendance on January 7th

Sara Newens, Mina T. Son, Courtney Parker, Endyia Kinney-Sterns, Jerry Henry, Trae Daniel, and Kevin Williams are expected to be in attendance on January 8th

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