The Tree That Would Not Be Broken, a documentary by Scott Elliott on the pear tree that survived the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Series, is part of a longer work, The Trees. Elliott’s site says the project combines his “interest in architecture, urban design, and gardening,” and provides the following biographical note:
Scott is founder and creative director of 590films. His first feature length documentary, Slumming It: Myth and Culture on the Bowery, about the history of the Bowery in New York City, aired on the PBS series Reel New York. Scott’s most recent documentary, Into the Gyre, about plastic pollution in the Atlantic Ocean, has won numerous awards at international film festivals, including Best Picture at the 2012 Scinema Festival of Science Film.
Following is a synopsis of the film from his site:
Filmed over the course of five years, The Trees documents the journey of over 400 Swamp White Oaks from their temporary home in New Jersey to the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza. Through the stories of those who design, plan, and construct the Memorial, The Trees explores the evolution of one of the world’s most innovative “green” roof gardens. The film shows public reaction to this lasting, yet ever-changing memorial to the victims of the September 11th attacks. A visual meditation on seasonal changes and the possibility of rebirth, The Trees asks how we memorialize and remember.
For those of you who might be interested in donating to this project, I’m including the fund-raising video.