While chestnuts roasting on an open fire and wrapped presents are signature hallmarks of the Christmas season, nothing signifies the holiday more than the Christmas tree. Every year, thousands upon thousands of them are sold to families so they can celebrate the holiday in style. But who are the people who sell those tress? The new documentary “Tree Man” explores the lives of New York City tree sellers, many of whom leave their families behind to endure harsh living conditions just for their business. The film primarily follows François, a father of three from Québec, who returns to the same Manhattan street corner every year to deliver the magic of the season. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring François excitedly selling Christmas trees to his many fans.
The film is directed by Brad Rothschild and John Reiner. Rothschild has produced a bevy of films like “Homeland,” “The Killing Jar” and the documentary “Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald.” He also directed the films “African Exodus” and co-directed the short film “A System of Justice.” “Tree Man” is Reiner’s first directorial effort.
“Tree Man” will be available on VOD and on iTunes on December 6 from XLrator Media.