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THE TREE is a modern fable dealing with the theme of humanity versus nature. An elderly homeless person, lured by the grandeur of a beautiful tree, climbs it and claims it as his own. When he carelessly defaces its beauty, the mighty tree awakens, and the wood spirits cry out from their haunts of a thousand years.

 

Statement of Purpose

THE TREE is an exercise in audiovisual expression exploring the use of the expressive elements of space, shape, line, light, color, tone, rhythm, movement, orientation, time, contrast/affinity, sign, symbol and archetype to create a dramatic build of intensity with an act of violence. In this case the violence is man's violence against nature.

 

Project Information

Title: The Tree

Format: 16mm; Color; Sound

Duration: 9 minutes

Featuring: Jim Habif

Produced for: Future Filmworks, Los Angeles, California

Distribution: Original Gravity, Pacific Grove, California.

Year: 1981

Awards and Honors: GRAND PRIZE, Wattrelos International Film Festival, FRANCE,  1981; FIRST PLACE, GOLD ROSE, Coimbra Int. Film Festival, PORTUGAL, 1981; SILVER MEDAL, Huy World Film Festival, BELGIUM, 1981; CINE EAGLE AWARD, CINE Awards, USA, 1981; SECOND PLACE, Melbourne Victorian Int. Film Festival, AUSTRALIA, 1982; THIRD PLACE, Marburg International Film Festival, GERMANY, 1982; JUDGES AWARD, Humbolt County Film Festival, USA, 1982.

Exhibitions: Future Filmworks Showcase, Nuart Theater, USA, 1981; Wattrelos International Film Festival, FRANCE,  1981; Coimbra Int. Film Festival, PORTUGAL, 1981; Huy World Film Festival, BELGIUM, 1981; CINE Awards, USA, 1981; Melbourne Victorian Int. Film Festival, AUSTRALIA, 1982; Marburg International Film Festival, GERMANY, 1982; Humbolt County Film Festival, USA, 1982.

Broadcasts: Cinemax/HBO, 1982; Z Channel, 1982.

 

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