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'Canopy Stories' helps understand, share value of urban trees; it's showing at four Portland movie theaters, July 8-11

COURTESY PHOTO - There are 12 films in 'Canopy Stories,' and they show at four Portland theaters July 8-11 as part of The Portland Circuit.If only Portland's trees could talk, oh, the stories they would tell.

Well, in a way, the trees share their history in a series of documentaries titled "Canopy Stories," to be shown in Portland theaters next week.

There'll be 12 films and 12 stories about iconic and majestic Portland trees in the latest showings in The Portland Circuit, which showcases Oregon films. The Portland Circuit is a collaboration of Oregon Film, the nonprofit Oregon Made Creative Foundation and four Portland theaters. Eleven filmmakers from NW Documentary produced the films.

Publicity for the event says: "Every tree has a story. They tell the story of families, of neighborhoods, of transformations long forgotten. Tree stories are community stories."

Each film focuses on a specific tree to tell a story, with tales ranging from activists camping in trees to strangers caring for the ghosts of pioneers, from globetrekking botanists in search of rare specimens to everyday citizens transforming their neighhorhood into an urban oasis.

The documentaries will be shown in two parts over four nights, starting at 7 p.m. The lineup:

• Part I, Monday, July 8, at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., and Wednesday, July 10, at Cinema 21, 616 N.W. 21st Ave. — "Rosa's Tree," David-Paul B. Hedberg; "A Lone Pioneer," Chelsea Smith; "One Magnificent Maple," Todd Baize; "Palm Portland," Kia Anne Geraths; "Tree Death," Sam Gaty; "Giants," Luz Carasa; "Heroes and Villains," David-Paul B. Hedberg.

• Part II, Tuesday, July 9, at Clinton Street Theater, 2522 S.E. Clinton St., and Thursday, July 11, at Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. — "Rosa's Tree," David-Paul B. Hedberg; "The Seven-Thousand Trees of Dharma Rain," Christopher Baier; "No More Dope Parties," Cambria Matlow; "The Lost Redwood," Jesse Andrew Clark; "The Activist Tree," Zoe Gieringer; "82nd & Verdant," James Krzmarzick; "Heroes and Villains," David-Paul B. Hedberg.

Film synopses and more can be found at www.canopystoriesfilm.com. For more on Oregon Made: www.OregonMade.org.

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