Long Beach filmmaker chronicles history of Christmas Tree Lane in short documentary

Filmmaker Pamela K. Johnson has completed a 15-minute documentary called The Making of Christmas Tree Lane, which is now showing on the Long Beach Public Digital Access Network’s (PADNET) website and on Charter Channel 32 and Verizon Channel 41.
The documentary on the 60th anniversary of Christmas Tree Lane on Daisy Avenue is available as one of several videos on demand and will be made available online at iTunes and Amazon, according to a statement from Johnson. The first public screening of the film was on Monday, Dec. 16 at the Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA) annual holiday potluck at Veteran’s Park.
Johnson worked with Long Beach filmmakers Alex Downs and Christian Guilder, who have served as camera operators, to capture the “behind-the-scenes” story by going to a secret warehouse where the Christmas Tree Lane displays are kept.
Also featured in the film is the process of placing the displays on Daisy Avenue, old parade footage and interviews of key figures such as Maria Norvell, “Mother of Christmas Tree Lane,” Mayor Bob Foster and United States Congressmember Alan Lowenthal. along with capturing footage of the 59th annual parade and surrounding events. This year, the annual Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade took place on Saturday, Dec. 14.
“Editing the project took me four months of last year, and a month this year,” said Johnson, who completed producer, field production and editing classes at PADNET in December 2012.
Johnson shot her second short film Stitches at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 2007, as a fellow in the American Film Institute’s Director Workshop for Women, and is at work on a documentary about Earl S. Daugherty, an early aviator who founded the Long Beach Airport.
“I’m fascinated by Long Beach history,” said Johnson, who hopes to make a number of documentaries about the city. She has also shot films in other cities, including Albuquerque, NM, and Beijing, China—the latter in early September 2013.
“I won a grand prize in the Beijing International Screenwriting Competition, and got to shoot my prize-winning short film in China. If you can wrangle a crew when you don’t speak any Mandarin, and most of them don’t speak much English,” she said, “then you can you can do anything.”

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