About the Film

Film Description

It seemed to happen almost overnight. Thousands of trees started dying unexpectedly in Southwest Ohio. The city of Cincinnati almost went broke cutting down the dying trees and trying to keep the invasion from damaging property - or worse. The killer was a tiny insect known as the Emerald Ash Borer, a new invasive insect from Asia that will wipe out every ash tree in America. First found near Detroit in 2002, Emerald Ash Borers have now infested trees in 37 states, from Maine to Georgia, and as far west as California.

Trees in Trouble: Saving America's Urban Forests tells the compelling story of how one community in Southwest Ohio confronted their tree crisis and fought the invasive pest by taking action and working together. Through partnerships with scientists, city officials and everyday citizens, this community was able to fight the pest and protect their urban forests for future generations. The film also explores the rich history of urban forestry in the United States and the exciting new research linking human health and trees.

Designed for audiences of all ages, Trees in Trouble inspires viewers to take action and points towards first steps.

From the producer of the groundbreaking climate change film, Rising Waters.

 Trees in Trouble tells the story of Cincinnati’s response to the threat to its trees posed by the emerald ash borer. However, the film’s message is not limited to southern Ohio: across the country, from Massachusetts to San Diego, Minneapolis to Charleston, thousands of communities face the same threat: valuable and beloved trees being killed by non-native insects or diseases. While the trees and killers differ, the cost to the communities is the same: destruction of trees that provide shade and other important ecosystem services and create our sense of home. Trees in Trouble helps us understand what we are losing and links us to actions we can take to counter this tragedy.” 

-Faith Campbell, Vice President, Center for Invasive Species Prevention

Purchase the Film

Buy the DVD

The film is now available for purchase at www.bullfrogfilms.com. Interested in purchasing a home video copy of Trees In Trouble for your own personal use? Email Bullfrog Films at info@bullfrogfilms.com with your home video request. Reduced rates for activist and grassroots groups. Please call Bullfrog Films at 1-800-543-3764 for more info.  Trees in Trouble is also available for streaming online. Click the Rent button in the top right corner of the video above to rent the program for a 72-hour period through Vimeo.

Funding for Trees in Trouble comes from the Ohio Humanities Council, the Stephen H. Wilder Foundation, the Craig Young Family Foundation and the TREE Fund. The project was supported by the Media Working Group, the Center for Independent Documentary, and the School of Art, University of Cincinnati.


Public Television Broadcasts

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.

News

Extreme Cold May Eradicate Larvae of Emerald Ash Borer

Minnesota Public Radio published an article about the impact of the extreme cold on the larvae of Emerald Ash Borers. University of Minnesota forestry expert Lee Frelich weighs in on the issue. Read the article now on Minnesota Public Radio.

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Dave Gamstetter on Cincinnati Edition

Filmmaker Andrea Torrice and Dave Gamstetter will be part of an upcoming broadcast of Cincinnati Edition on January 9th.

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Film wins first prize at International Film Festival

Trees in Trouble won first prize at the First International Film Festival of the Urban Forest held in Mantova Italy. Andrea Torrice and Dave Gamstetter attended the festival and awards ceremony. The First World Forum on Urban Forestry brought together over 1000 people from around the world to share information about the growing importance trees […]

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Trees in Trouble Part of International Forest Film Festival in Italy

Trees in Trouble was selected to be part of the International Forest Film Festival in Mantova, Italy, happening from November 26 – 30. Trees in Trouble was the only American Film selected. The International Cinema Festival’s goal is to speak of forests and urban forests using visual language, allowing the public to discover these realities through the eyes […]

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National Invasive Species Awareness Week

National Invasive Species Awareness Week happens during the week of February 26th – March 2nd. This year, in cooperation with the Congressional Invasive Species Caucus, National Invasive Species Awareness Week will be observed on Capitol Hill. Events throughout the week will raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional, and national scales. Events include: lunchtime seminars, afternoon webinars, evening fair and reception, and field trips.

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SHRINE TO THE ASH TREE installation at the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Museum

A Shrine to the Ash Tree highlights the American Ash Tree in a video art installation at the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center. Andrea Torrice’s latest project uses art as a venue to examine the plight of the American Ash Tree. A Shrine to the Ash Tree is an investigation of the Ash tree species’ extinction due to the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect from Asia. Read more…

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Screenings


There are no upcoming events at this time.

The Invasive Species

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer


Asian Longhorned Beetle

Asian Longhorned Beetle


Gypsy Moth

Gypsy Moth


Beech Bark Disease

Beech Bark Disease


Dutch Elm Disease

Dutch Elm Disease


Tree Stump

Tree downed because of invasive infestation

Resources
Download the Press kit here.
Download the Community Action Toolkit.
Download the Postcard.
Download the Event Planning Guide.
Download the Host a Screening Flyer.

Teachers, students, and community members, learn more about protecting your trees and urban forests with these free, easy to use materials.
The Toolkit includes:
  • A short guide on the history and importance of urban forests in Southwest Ohio.
Fact sheets about:
  • The Benefits of Trees
  • How to Identify EAB and ALB
  • How to Plant a Tree
  • Don't Move Firewood flyer
  • The EAB Scenarios Game
  • Click here to watch the web video on How to Plant a Tree
Resources for Teachers and Students Benefits of Trees Health Benefits of Trees Threats to Trees
EAB ALB Other Invasives Related Articles
  • Planning for Urban Forest Resilience - Read more...
  • Important Recommendations from the Frontiers of Ecology and the Environment Journal - Read more...
  • Solutions for Sustainable Urban Forest Governance and Management – Read more...
These resources are provided courtesy of USDA-APHIS.

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People in the Film

Scott Beuerlein, Horticulturist, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden


Brad Bonham, Municipal Arborist


Joe Chamberlin, Valent Field Development Manager, Legacy Tree Project


Geoffrey H. Donovan, Research Forester, USDA Forest Service


Dave Gamstetter, Natural Resource Manager, Cincinnati Park Board


Jennifer Gulick, Community Forestry Consultant, The Davey Tree Expert Company


Dan Herms, Dept. of Entomology, The Ohio State University


David Stradling, Urban & Environmental History Professor, University of Cincinnati


Wendell Young, Council Member, City of Cincinnati

About the Filmmaker

Andrea Torrice filming
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.

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