A short documentary about Friends of The Urban Forest (FUF), a non profit based in San Francisco. FUF teaches teenagers how to plant and maintain trees in urban settings through their “Green Teens” program. They focus on spreading awareness about the environmental issues through hands on training. This film follows the people and places involved with Friends of the Urban Forest, and how they are a crucial organization to the maintenance of San Francisco’s urban greenery.
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
Reyna Colt Lacayo, is a young filmmaker currently attending UCLA as of the fall of 2015. Reyna has completed an experimental documentary about loss and grief called An Inconvenient Future, a short narrative on the trials and pressures of troubling home lives in Brake, and satirical as well as serious music videos. During the summertime, Reyna works on collaborative documentary projects with local organizations such as the Friends of the Urban Forest, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Garden for the Environment, and CalCAN. This past year Reyna completed her first individual narrative which presents the trials of an eccentric high school club in a comedic mockumentary called The Galloping Knights. Her work has been featured at numerous film festivals, including the San Francisco International Film Festival. She hopes to pursue a life in the media arts and to continue to push herself creatively.
Walden Smith is a 16-year old filmmaker. He has loved film from an early age, making shorts and watching classic movies. He was part of BAVC’s beginner video program where he directed Distraction, a short on being distracted by modern day technology, and also co-directed a short documentary called Bad Rep, an interview-style doc about the bad representation of women in the media and pop culture. Walden was a co-director of Not Just a Tree, a documentary about Friends of the Urban Forest which screened at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival. He enjoys playing the piano and kung fu.
Marwaun Brooks was born and raised in Oakland. He and his twin brother Myquan were given a camera at a very young age, which started their adventure into filmmaking and media. Marwaun joined the BAVC program in 2008. learning all the basics of cinematography, operating the camera, editing, set design and much more. He and his brother have been running their own film company,Brooks Brothers Films, for 3 years, where they specialize in music video production, photography, and short films. They have shot videos and interviews with 106 KMEL for artists such as Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, IAMSU, Juicy J, Jim Jones, among others.
Mauricio Romero is a sophomore film student at Whittier College. He has a strong interest in psychology and marketing, along with his love for film. Mauricio enjoys teaching himself new things such as graphic design, animation, and other areas that interest him. In the future, he hopes use his editing skills to join the Disney company because he has always had a passion for storytelling.