Watch Now

Free at IMDb via Withoutabox

Siblings Tim and Lena squabble after he detects her disinterest in his long-term family genealogy project.



(creator), (creator)
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

A NY Thing (TV Movie 2009)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A French romantic follows his dream girl to NYC, but a weekend of white lies, one-night-stands and tangled love triangles prove infatuation and romance are not what they seem. Featuring indie darling Greta Gerwig.

Director: Olivier Lécot
Stars: Jonathan Zaccaï, Fanny Valette, Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Performers read a line of dialogue, with each line being written by a different person.

Director: Janusz Kaminski
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Bradley Cooper, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

College student Ella is completely focused on her ambiguously romantic relationship with her dorm-mate, Chris. She is so consumed by trying to understand his behavior that she's neglecting ... See full summary »

Director: Lena Dunham
Stars: Richard Brundage, Jeffrey Cristiani, Grace Dunham
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Paul Harrill
Stars: Greta Gerwig, Jason Von Stein, Ron Burnette
Dealing (2006)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  
Director: Lena Dunham
Stars: Grace Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Carroll Dunham
Young American Bodies (TV Series 2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A candid, no-holds-barred look at the intersecting love lives of six 20-somethings in Chicago.

Stars: Joe Swanberg, Kris Swanberg, Mollie Leibovitz
The Viewer (2009)
Short | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Participate as an observer in the telepathic interrogation of a murder suspect. New technology allows you to see through the eyes of the prisoner - but be warned: higher levels of ... See full summary »

Director: Graham Reznick
Stars: Lindsay Burdge, Lena Dunham, Mick Lauer
Una & Jacques (Video 2007)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

In the cutting edge world of contemporary dance, they alone hold the scissors. Step into the world of Una & Jacques.

Director: Amy Handley
Stars: Lena Dunham, Emmanuel Gillibert, Amy Handley
Tight Shots (2007–2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
Stars: Carlen Altman, Teddy Blanks, Lena Dunham
Jagoo (2012)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Elodie connects with a charismatic stranger in a Williamsburg bar and follows him back to his apartment--what happens next challenges expectations. If Flannery O'Connor made a short film about hipster Brooklyn, it would be 'Jagoo.'

Director: Hallie Cooper-Novack
Stars: Hale Appleman, Matt Burns, Emily Dorsch
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two strangers' paths crisscross as they make their way toward Canada.

Director: Rod Webber
Stars: Rod Webber, Greta Gerwig, Joseph James Bellamy
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Joe Swanberg
Stars: Greta Gerwig, Kent Osborne


Credited cast:
Jessy Brodsky
Woodrow Morton


Siblings Tim and Lena squabble after he detects her disinterest in his long-term family genealogy project.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

mumblecore | See All (1) »


A brother and a sister spend some low quality time in-between separate trips.


Short | Comedy





Release Date:

14 October 2009 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Covers more ground than "Ginger Sand," but should be more than a brief, "unrelated epilogue" to one of Audley's full-length films
9 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kentucker Audley's short film "Family Tree," another short by Audley that I consider a slice of his personal life and little more, contains a fantastic scene where the short's characters, played by people like the inimitable Greta Gerwig, Girls' Lena Dunham, and Catfish's Ariel Schulman, engage in a brief but hilarious dance session to the remix of rapper Unk's song "Walk it Out." The scene is everything mumblecore, as a genre and as an independent subsector (not movement) hasn't been about, and the irony of the brief little scene is pretty hilarious.

"Family Tree" concerns Timothy Morton and Lena Dunham, siblings whom we can see fight and passively bicker over different approaches to life. Tim would rather be humble and quiet in the face of people he doesn't know, where Lena would rather him be more inviting and sociable. After Lena invites a barrage of her wacky, twentysomething friends over, much to Tim's dismay, seeing as he cannot complete any work now, she is frustrated to see him cold and uninviting in the presence of company. This allows the last six minutes of a ten minute short to take place on an air mattress, where the siblings confront their social differences.

"Family Tree" is another "unrelated epilogue" to Audley's full-length film Team Picture, which I suppose I should get to watching now. The film's other "unrelated epilogue" "Ginger Sand" was criticized by me for having no real purpose or defining conversation other than to offer a glimpse at what Audley's personal life often entails. "Family Tree" has a more significant conversation at its core, and one funny scene, which makes it instantly better than "Ginger Sand." Still, I feel if one of these "epilogues" could've been fleshed out into their own film, or a short maybe twice or thrice as long, we could've had a better, more contemplative picture and more than a three paragraph review on our hands.

Starring: Timothy Morton, Lena Dunham, Greta Gerwig, Hallie Cooper-Novack, Ana Kayne, Ariel Schulman, and Woodrow Morton. Directed by: Kentucker Audley.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Family Tree (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: