The Tree

Henry Hills
A, United States 2019
10 min

As its title implies, Hills’ latest film focuses on a very specific tree, one growing in New York’s Tompkins Square Park. It is said to be the tree under which the “Hare Krishna” chant was invented, and is as such legendary in the history of spirituality, the Beat movement, and the city itself. Hills shows the tree in all possible states of being: bare branches, green and lush, from up close and far away, in color and in black-and-white. Using frame-by-frame editing, THE TREE moves through multiple visual ideas, becoming by turns semi-structuralist, psychotronic, and a meditative mandala. (Michael Sicinski)

In the presence of Henry Hills.

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