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    Communities First, Inc. presents "City of Trees"

    Presented by and Flint Institute of Arts at Flint Institute of Arts

    December 8, 2016


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    Communities First, Inc. presents

    Communities First, Inc. presents its Second Annual African American Film Series! Join us for a reception with live music and food beginning at 5:30pm. The film begins at 7pm. This month's film is "City of Trees" on December 8. A minimum donation of $2 is requested.

    Since 1990, nonprofit Washington Parks & People has tried to reduce poverty and violence in Washington, D.C. neighborhoods by improving parks. At the height of the recession, the organization received a stimulus grant to create a "green" job-training program in communities hardest hit. They had two years to help unemployed people find jobs and care for parks in their neighborhoods.

    Steve Coleman, a grassroots environmental activist who directs the organization, is tasked with using the grant to hire 150 unemployed residents to care for the city's most blighted urban parks and improve upon the soft skills required to get a job. For Charles Holcomb, the paycheck offers him a chance to give his newborn daughter the life he never had. For Michael Samuels, the job training is a first step forward after a drug conviction marred his employment record. For James Magruder, the program offers a chance to prove that his neighborhood roots position him as an unsung leader.

    What sounds like a simple goal — putting people back to work by planting trees — becomes complicated by local racial tensions, a community’s distrust of outsiders, and a fast-approaching deadline before the grant money runs out. Filmed in an unflinching and compelling verité approach over the course of more than two years, CITY OF TREES thrusts viewers into the inspiring but messy world of job training and the paradoxes changemakers face in urban communities everyday.


    Flint Institute of Arts

    1120 E. Kearsley
    Flint, MI 48503

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    Admission Info:

    $2 suggestion donation


    General Day and Time Info:

    5:30pm - Entertainment & food 7pm - Film Panel discussion immediately following film.



    Phone: 810-422-5358


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