"We all need the living green or we'll shrivel up inside" -- Jens Jensen

 

What is your biggest obstacle to being in nature? Time? Distance?  What if was simply too dangerous to walk across an invisible gang line for fear of being shot?  Children in Chicago are shot every day because of their relationship to a gang member. 

 

Jarcincito or "little garden" is a new nature play space built in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. It speaks to the legacy of Jensen.  In the very neighborhood where Jensen fought a century ago to put greenways and gardens, Little Village has grown in population, gang violence and incarcerated families, but not in green space.  

 

Jardincito sits in the middle of eight gang lines. The value to the neighborhood is nothing less than the miracle many mothers have been dreaming of. 

 

We brought together The Student Conservation Association with the Trust for Public Lands and NeighborSpace to create this amazing gem of a park which we've been documenting - because people today, much like in the days of Jensen - simply do not understand how difficult life is outside of their own neighborhood. So in the spirit if Jacob Riis, we began shooting a film about the people of that neighborhood...

 

LOCATION: 23rd and Whipple, Chicago  

 

Designed and built by Christy Webber Landscapes, Positive Space, Chris Gent Landscape Studio  

 

Director Carey Lundin addresses a crowd of thousands at the Millennium Park screening in the Frank Gehry Pavillion.

 

The film aired simultaneously on WTTW earing a 1.1 share or 100,000 viewers.

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Send checks to: Viva Lundin Productions

314 W. Institute Place #2E, Chicago, IL 60610

 

OUR IMPACT SO FAR...

As a direct result of our documentary and initial screenings, here are some Jensen inspired gardens or restorations being considered:

SUMMER 2014 - 2015

SUMMER 2014 + 2015

 

Working with:

  • The Indiana Dunes National Park

  • The Student Conservation Association

  • American Society of Landscape Architects - IL 

  • Trust for Public Lands

  • NeighborSpace

  • The Boys and Girls Club of Lake Station, IN

  • The Chicago Park District

 

WHERE

The Senator Paul Douglas Learning Center, Miller Woods

(Gary, IN) 

Teaching teens about how Jensen used art as activism to overcome tremendous obstacles. Jensen's battles to save the dunes, his passion, his creative strategies and his tactics bring the past into present day for teens interested in the environment.

 

Carey Lundin, Director of the film, held three half hour workshops where she screened 10 mins of the film on the dunes battle and then discussed Jensen's obstacles, strategies and tactics to save the dunes.  After lunch we all headed into the dunes to walk in Jensen's footsteps. For the Chicago kids, this was the first time most of them had ever been to the dunes. 

 

 
 

Jens Jensen The Living Green 

WINNER:

The Explorers Museum, Medal of Honor

Hugo Awards, Chicago International Film Fest

Audience Award: Green Bay Film Festival: Best Director, Carey Lundin

Wild Rose Independent Film Festival: Best Feature Documentary, Best Feature Documentary Director. Best Documentary Editing, Best Documentary Music

Accolade Award of Excellence

 

Official Selection: Studio City International Film Festival, Architecture and Design Film Festival, International Documentary Film Association, One Earth Film Festival, Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Ft. Myers International Film Festival, Maine Film Festival by the Sea

Our Promotional /Educational Partners

ASLA, Eco Justice PPN

International & Broadcast Sales

Jim Branchflower

Eco DoX

(310) 817-2631, ext. 1

 

Distribution, American Public TV

 

 

Contact us:

carey@vivalundinproductions.com

 

Press contact:

carey@vivalundinproductions.com

773-991-5655

 

 

 Jens Jensen The Living Green and all accompanying materials are  © 2013, 2014,2015 Viva Lundin Productions All rights reserved.

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