“I’ve always had a passion for the arts and helping others, so I decided to gift documentaries to homeless artists in Venice Beach. While filming with Lionel, the Treeman, we became instant best friends. Treeman connects with people without judgment regardless of race, politics, religion, etc. and unable to see beneath his mask they are forced to do the same. In this era of intense polarization espoused by digital media, these interactions showed me the importance of Lionel’s story and Treeman’s mission, to see nature in each other’s eyes and in doing so see our own reflections.
I’ve explored human nature with Treeman for many years, both of us united in our mission to help others. Little did I know that Lionel’s greatest impact would come from him removing the mask and helping him self. I am eternally grateful to Lionel for letting me tell his story and to all the volunteers who have made this project possible. “A DocumenTree” has been made almost entirely with volunteers, the filmmaking reflecting our theme of giving.”
– Michael Angelo
More about the filmmaker Michael Angelo at michaelangelomedia.com
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