Directed by – Carey Lundin/2013/55 minutes
This award winning documentary portrays how Danish-born Jens Jensen (1860 – 1951) rose from street sweeper, to ‘dean of landscape architecture’, to pioneering conservationist in troubled, early Chicago. At great risk to his family, he battles corruption and unbridled industrial expansion to bring ‘the living green’ into the wretched lives of Chicago’s workers. Jensen leverages relationships with Frank Lloyd Wright, Julius Rosenwald, and Henry Ford to create a conservation fervor that stopped the steel mills from industrializing an entire Indiana shoreline.
Filmmaker Carey Lundin along with Shaun Spikes of The Student Conservation Association will attend.
Striking cinematography and an evocative soundtrack illuminate colorful witness from Prairie School architect Alfred Caldwell and an intensely reflective interview with Jensen. Today, Jensen’s story inspires – we can stand up for bringing the living green in our neighborhoods and for protecting our natural lands from the threat of development.
For more information on the film, please visit the official Jens Jensen, The Living Green website.
Filmmaker Carey Lundin will be in attendance at the 3/8 screening.
Green Community Connections
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