A Film By Andrea Torrice
Trees in Trouble tells the story of America's urban and community forests: their history, their growing importance to our health, economy and environment - and the serious threats they now face. Through stories of everyday people on the frontlines of change, the film will show how community-wide efforts can save and protect our urban forests for future generations. Designed for audiences of all ages, Trees in Trouble inspires viewers to take action, and points towards first steps.
The public television broadcasts of Trees in Trouble in April 2016 for Earth Day and Arbor Day were a huge success - with broadcasts in 87% of the PBS market! It also aired on PBS's World Channel, which chose Trees in Trouble to be part of its Earth Day/ Arbor Day programming during the month of April. Broadcasts will continue for the next three years, but you will have to contact your local PBS station to get the exact times and days. Community screenings are also happening around the country, and many of them will be listed here. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to host a screening.
THE FILMMAKER: Andrea Torrice is an award-winning documentary and public television producer/writer and journalist whose work spans a range of contemporary issues. Her newest public television documentary, Trees in Trouble, explores the benefits and threats to America’s urban forests from invasive pests. Her other national public television productions include: The New Metropolis, a two-part series which explores the revitalization challenges and opportunities facing America’s older first suburbs. She also oversaw the related civic engagement dialogues hosted by PBS affiliated stations and community organizations. Over 120 community screening events were held around the country. Rising Waters, which examines the global warming debate through the personal stories of Pacific Islanders. It was featured at the 2004 United Nation’s Earth Summit, as well as broadcast in 110 countries and on National Geographic TV. She was the segment producer for the National PBS series Arab American Stories, which profiles a Jordanian family from Ohio. Some of her other award-winning films include: Bad Chemistry, which discloses the hazards of low-level chemical exposures on human health; Large Dams, False Promises, which investigates the impacts of dam projects in Brazil and China; and Forsaken Cries: The Story of Rwanda, which explores the historical factors contributing to the 1994 genocide. Her most recent film, Women of Abstract Expressionism tells the story of women painters and is part of a traveling museum exhibition. Her work has been supported by the Ford, Annie. E. Casey, Surdna, William Penn, Gund, The Ohio Humanities, The TREE Fund and other foundations, as well as by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Independent Television Service. She is also the recipient of a CPB Gold Award in Community Programming. Torrice is a frequent guest speaker on the issues related to her films. Recently she was the featured speaker for Women in Media - Making a Difference for the Soroptomists of America - East Bay, Northern California Chapter. Currently she is the owner of Torrice Media which specializes in high impact visual storytelling. She has produced a range of award-winning video programs and articles for museums, universities, educational institutions, municipal governments and nonprofit organizations. Her career started almost 20 years ago at San Francisco’s PBS affiliate, KQED-TV, as a producer for the station’s Current and Cultural Affairs departments. She currently works in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she lives with her husband and son.