The Olmsted Legacy: America’s Urban Parks

Rebecca Messner, George deGolian, Michael White | 2010 | 57 min.

2011 Official Selection

151 years after Frederick Law Olmsted designed New York City’s Central Park with Calvert Vaux, it remains an undisputed haven of tranquility amidst one of the largest, tallest, and most unnatural places on earth. Featuring the voices of acclaimed actors KEVIN KLINE and KERRY WASHINGTON, THE OLMSTED LEGACY: AMERICA’S URBAN PARKS examines the formation of America’s first great city parks in the late 19th century through the enigmatic eyes of Frederick Law Olmsted, visionary urban planner and landscape architect. In large part through his own words, the film weaves together Olmsted’s engaging personal story with those of the lasting masterpieces he left for us today.