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OUR MISSION

Treeman Silhouette Venice Beach

NATURE AND HUMANITY
Part of our mission with Treeman is to explore the relationship between nature and humanity. Spending time in nature triggers what scientists call a “flow state”, positive feedback and a sense of well being from behavior that benefits us. We can also achieve flow states through athletics i.e. “being in the zone”, the flow arts, meditation, playing musical instruments and even through volunteerism. Volunteering to help those in need makes you healthier, happier and when people see you giving mirror neurons in their brain react so they feel joy too. Nature rewards us for behavior that enables our survival and keeps us united.

HUMANITY AND TECHNOLOGY
This message of unity is contrary to the polarization espoused by media aiming to keep us agitated and fixated so content providers can profit from advertising impressions. But are we really so diametrically opposed? Viewing the world through the lens of digital media it is easy to de-humanize those whose viewpoints we do not share as “other” responding with outrage, even violence. Treeman’s message “We are all reflections of nature” comes when we need it most and Lionel’s story affords us a unique look into America’s homeless so often viewed as “other”.

BRIDGE OUT OF HOMELESSNESS
As Lionel breaks a 20 year cycle of homelessness, our mission is to use his story and the Treeman character to lead the way so that other houseless citizens can find the bridge out of homelessness. We visit homeless encampments with Treeman handing out aid packets with “Beleaflets”, cheat sheets to regionalized homeless services. Treeman is a beacon of hope as he speaks to homeless citizens about his journey to find housing and employment thanks to the St Joseph Center, The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the Chrysalis work program and the Venice BID. When “A DocumenTree” is complete it will be screened with Treeman at homeless shelters across the nation using regionalized learning tool kits so communities can start their own grass roots programs. Our audience can also become independent activists by entering their zip code into our website to print regionalized “Beleaflets” to connect with homeless citizens in their area.

A DocumenTree Beleaflet Prototype

Below are some of the organizations and individuals championed in our film who demonstrate the power of giving, click the links below the pictures to learn more. To participate go to our volunteer links, internships and Fallon pages.

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NEW LIFE SOCIETY

FEEDING THE HUNGRY IN VENICE BEACH

New Life Society and Treeman

Treeman visits Millie of New Life Society as she feeds the hungry of Venice Beach 7 days a week

SANTA MONICA PIER AQUARIUM

HEAL THE BAY MARINE EDUCATION CENTER

Treeman at Halloween Parade Heal The Bay Santa Monica Aquarium

Treeman visit with kids and leads the Heal The Bay Santa Monica Aquarium Halloween Parade

FALLON “MOON JELLY” RABIN

TEEN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST AND BLOGGER, LEARN MORE ABOUT FALLON HERE

Treeman Fallon Teen Environmental Activist

Fallon Heal The Bay Santa Monica Aquarium volunteer, teen environmental activist interviews Treeman

TOMMY THE CLOWN FOUNDATION

TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF AT RISK YOUTH THROUGH DANCE

Treeman of Venice Beach, Tommy the Clown and Crew

Treeman of Venice Beach and the Tommy the Clown Crew at the Martin Luther King Parade

WESTMINSTER ELEMENTARY WE GARDEN

        ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIA ASSOCIATION EVENT WITH ACTOR ROSARIO DAWSON AND TREEMAN

Rosario Dawson and Treeman Westminster Elementary WE Garden

Rosario Dawson and Treeman at the Westminster Elementary WE Garden for an Environmental Media Association Event

TREY WHITFIELD SCHOOL

ONE OF TREEMAN’S MANY VISITS TO THE TREY WHITFIELD SCHOOL IN BROOKLYN

Trey Whitfield Choir and Treeman

Treeman visits Trey Whitfileld Choir as they perform with Prentis McNeil of the Drifters and Paul Sequence Ferguson

TREEPEOPLE

TREEPEOPLE FOUNDER ANDY LIPKIS TALKS VOLUNTEERISM

Andy Lipkis Interview with Treeman

A DocumenTree interview at Green Venice Fest with Andy Lipkis founder of the TreePeople

LOWER EAST SIDE GIRLS CLUB

TREEMAN VISITS THE LESGC PLANETARIUM

Lower East Side Girls Club Planetarium and Treeman

Lower East Side Girls Club visits with Treeman at their Planetarium

GREEN VENICE EXPO

ED BEGLEY JR SPEAKS ABOUT SUSTAINABLE LIVING SOLUTIONS

Ed Begley Jr and Treeman

Ed Begley Jr and the Treeman of Venice Beach at the Green Venice Expo

VENICE ARTS

FREE ART EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN OF LOW INCOME FAMILIES

Treeman visits Venice Arts

Kids at Venice Arts draw Treeman as a Comic Book Karma Super Hero for their art class

HEAL THE BAY

CALIFORNIA BEACH CLEAN UPS

Heal The Bay Clean Up

A DocumenTree and Sana Monica College volunteers at the Heal The Bay Clean Up

SANTA MONICA COLLEGE – CEUS

TREEMAN AND A DOCUMENTREE HOST SPECIAL SMC SUSTAINABILITY WEEK EVENT

Treeman at Santa Monica College Sustainability Week

Treeman visiting the Organic Learning Garden for Sustainability Week at Santa Monica College