This is the second trailer for Moving a Tree, a short film by Avery Lawrence
In his films, Avery Lawrence creates surreal, yet familiar worlds in which he pushes physical limits as his characters engage in absurd tasks.
In Moving a Tree, the protagonist fells a decaying walnut by hand, carries the logs on his back to the top of a nearby hill, and reconstructs the pieces into a tree-like monument.
Drawing inspiration from early cinema and contemporary performance artists, Lawrence crafts these visual yarns with moments from his family history in mind. The personal stories, implicit in the narratives, enhance the sense of sincerity and intimacy in his films. Moving a Tree re-presents the story of his maternal grandfather’s struggle with dementia and how Lawrence’s grandmother came to cope with the gradual deterioration of her husband’s mind and body.
Lawrence presents his films in carefully curated environments that heighten the immediacy of the work for the viewer. The films, shown on large, flat-screen televisions, are surrounded by custom wallpapers, character drawings and objects from each production.
Moving a Tree is a film by Avery Lawrence
Camera+Direction: Ross McDermott
Music: Cleek Schrey and Coogan Brennan
Second Camera: Nemanja Cetic

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