Students will participate in fieldwork, research, storyboarding, and production of an experimental documentary about the American chestnut tree. For centuries, the American chestnut was the keystone species, the "queen" of forests in the Eastern United States. In the 19th century, billions of trees and the many lives they sustained were wiped out when pathogenic fungi were accidentally imported through plant nurseries. Today, geneticists are engineering "restoration trees" to bring American chestnuts back. In this seminar, students will use ethnographic, theoretical, and aesthetic approaches to address key questions: how might we tell this story from various more-than-human perspectives? What kinds of histories and futures become sensible/imaginable when we move beyond conventional human-centered narratives? How do forests speak?