Look Up! Visions from Under the Canopy

On a beautiful summer day, I lay on a bench in Ft. Tryon Park and became entranced with the patterns the tree canopy made. A year and a half later, after filming and photographing throughout the year, I bring you this short doc featuring naturalist and author Leslie Day. She shares the science of trees and her personal experience about the intrinsic worth of connecting with nature. She also touches upon the topic of w/not trees communicate with one another.

  • Amala Lane
    101 Things to Do on a Park Bench!, The Painted Shul
  • Amala Lane
  • Amala Lane
  • Steven Soblick
  • Gabriel Richards
  • Leslie Day
    Key Cast
  • Linden Trees
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Other
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 8, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 4K
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  • Look Up! Visions from Under the Canopy installation
    New York
    United States
    February 18, 2017
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Director Biography - Amala Lane

I'm a visual artist and activist who lives in Northern Manhattan. I received my MFA in Film from Columbia University and I work full time as a video producer for John Jay College of Criminal Justice. I've been very lucky to have worked and lived in many different places on this planet, the longest of which was in Taiwan. And yes, I do speak reasonably good Mandarin.

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Director Statement

Look Up! Visions from Under the Canopy featuring naturalist and author, Leslie Day was a collaboration with my partner, Steven Soblick and composer, Gabriel Richards. We all feel people might find more joy if they took some time to look up, away from their cell phones and enjoy the biggest screen their is - everything in view up above.