In just a little over a month, Christmas season will be upon us, which means warm fires, caroling and, of course, Christmas trees. Every season, hundreds of Christmas tree sellers from across North American come to New York City to ply their trade on the streets. Jon Reiner and Brad Rothschild’s new documentary “Tree Man” explores the lives of those tree sellers, many of whom leave their homes and families behind and must endure living out of cars and vans for the holiday season. 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 trailer for the film below.
Co-director Brad Rothschild is best known as a producer of such films like “Homeland,” about the love story of an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian girl, “The Killing Jar,” about a hostage situation in a roadside diner, and the documentary “Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald,” about four men imprisoned in the Buchenwald concentration camp who return to the site. “Tree Man” is Rothschild’s second directorial effort and Jon Reiner’s first.
“Tree Man” will be available on VOD and on iTunes on December 6 from XLrator Media.