Felled is a story about finding worth and beauty in something most consider to be trash. The film chronicles the journey of an urban pine tree downed by a summer storm and saved from the landfill by two woodworkers who give the tree new meaning as a family dinner table. Through interviews with industry experts, sawyers, arborists, artists, and woodworkers, including both Norm Abram and Nick Offerman, the film highlights the growing urban lumber movement and explores themes of waste, craftsmanship, and redemption.

  • David Hildreth
  • Silas Kyler
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    1 hour
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    January 3, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
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    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - David Hildreth, Silas Kyler

David Hildreth is a filmmaker who lives in Tempe, Arizona with his wife and daughter. He starting making
videos with his friends in Junior High school and never stopped. After film school David worked on concert films and advertising seen around the world, all the while looking for stories to tell in documentary films of his own. After learning about the fate of many trees that blow down in monsoon storms and the passion with which people are using them for art, he knew he had found the subject for his feature length directorial debut.

Silas Kyler is an Arizona native and resides in Tempe, Arizona with his wife and three young children. Having graduated from Scottsdale Community College, Silas has always had an interest in telling stories through film. While spending the majority of his career in the legal video industry he has simultaneously pursued projects that interested him, mostly producing videos that benefited various non-prof- its. Felled is Silas’ first feature length project. For as long as he can remember, Silas has enjoyed building things with his hands. Woodworking has been a hobby of his throughout his adult life, and this project has allowed him to bring two of his passions together.

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