1998, 29 minutes, Color/BW, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W00658
Shame and embarrassment propel Savannah, a gifted high school student, to embark on a journey through space and time to witness the prison convictions of her great-grandmother Etta Mae, her grand-aunt Olive, and her aunt Denise. The fanciful and chilling tales of a delightfully vain maid in the 1920s, a hopelessly depressed nanny in the 1950s, and a mother frustrated during the holiday season in the 1980s, help Savannah reconcile her feelings about her own past in this touching coming-of-age story. An imaginative, thoroughly engaging drama that speaks volumes about identity and self-worth, TREE SHADE will have special appeal to teenage viewers and delight audiences of all ages.
AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS
- Sundance Film Festival
- Avignon/New York Film Festival, Best American Short Film
- New Works Festival, Polo Ralph Lauren AwNew Works Festival, Polo Ralph Lauren Award for Best Film and Filmmaker Magazine's Audience Choice Award
- Mill Valley Film Festival
- New York Women's Film Festival
- Newport International Film Festival
- Nantucket Film Festival
- Student Academy Award
- DGA Student Filmmaker Awards, Best African-American Student Filmmaker
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"Lisa Collins' 'Tree Shade' ... boldly goes where few films dare to venture in her dizzying, genre-crossing, time-hopping trip through the lives of four generations of African American women."
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Mill Valley Festival Catalog
"...features an unforgettable high-camp character called Nefertiti Claus who puts our more familiar childhood myths to shame."
“'Tree Shade', a remarkable debut film by Lisa Collins shot entirely MOS, took the award for best American short...Three and a half years in the making, the completion of 'Tree Shade' is as much a story of triumph over adversity as the film itself...”
"'Tree Shade' is a magical, imaginative trip through a family's past where images of reality and fantasy often become one. Lisa Collin's talent for characterization and storytelling is quite evident and truly a rare delight."