NATURE AND HUMANITY
Our mission with Treeman is to explore the relationship between nature and humanity. Spending time in nature triggers what neuroscientists 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”, playing musical instruments, the flow arts, stilt walking and even through volunteerism. Volunteering to help those in need can make you healthier, happier and when people see you giving, mirror neurons in their brain react so they feel joy too. We are born helpless and need community to survive, nature rewards us for behavior that keeps us united.
HUMANITY AND TECHNOLOGY
This message of unity is contrary to the polarization we see online and in media that keeps us agitated and fixated as information platforms 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 interactions with the public and his message that “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 “Beleaflets”, cheat sheets to regionalized homeless services. Treeman is a beacon of hope to citizens experiencing homelessness as he shares his journey with the St Joseph Center, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Chrysalis employment program, Venice Family Clinic medical center, Venice Beach Business Improvement District and Share! Collaborative Housing. 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. Upon completion 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.
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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Treeman and A DocumenTree visit with citizens on the West Side of LA to share Beleaflets
LAHSA, Treeman and Team A DocumenTree share Beleaflets in East LA
Kids at Venice Arts draw Treeman as a Comic Book Karma Super Hero for their art class
Treeman visits Millie of New Life Society as she feeds the hungry of Venice Beach 7 days a week
A DocumenTree and Sana Monica College volunteers at the Heal The Bay Clean Up