How to Watch 'Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man' at Home (Plus, a Giveaway!)

A new film starring the acclaimed musician and environmentalist hits video on demand.

Musician Chuck Leavell at his piano in the woods.

Courtesy of Chuck Leavell

These may not be normal times, and we may not be able to enjoy the pleasures of a movie theater to see new films – but all is not lost. For now, movies can debut at virtual festivals and screenings, and then as if by magic, appear in our homes via video on demand.

The latest documentary to make this journey is "Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man" – which is available on-demand beginning December 1. The film is about the eponymous Leavell, who you may know as the pianist for the Rolling Stones – but who is also a consummate lover of trees and presides over a bucolic tree farm in Georgia with his wife Rose Lane Leavell. You may also know Leavell as co-founder of Mother Nature Network and now editor-at-large for Treehugger.

We wrote about the film when it was released last month. In a nutshell, the documentary chronicles the life of one of the greatest pianists in rock ’n’ roll history as he divides his time and talent between music, forests, and family. What makes the documentary even more remarkable is the roster of luminaries who sing Leavell's praise, from former president Jimmy Carter to Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Billy Bob Thornton, David Gilmore, and many more. Rockstars, a love story, former presidents, forests – this film has it all! You can read our earlier story here.

Now that the documentary is out in the wild, we wanted to make sure everyone knew where to find it.

movie poster for chuck leavell documentary

Courtesy of Chuck Leavell

You can order the film directly on iTunes – and you can check this directory for links to a number of other platforms including Vimeo, Amazon Prime, and YouTube.

In Celebration: A Giveaway!

Box set of check leavell book


We thought that it would be fun to celebrate the occasion by giving things away – who doesn't love a giveaway? We have five limited edition box sets of Leavell's "Forever Green, Forever Blue." The sets are signed and numbered, and include a copy of Chuck's first book, “Forever Green: The History and Hope of the American Forest” and a copy of his solo piano CD “Forever Blue" – plus tree seeds and some other goodies.

Chuck Leavell box set


To enter the giveaway, head over to the Treehugger Instagram page for details, we will be picking the winners on Friday, December 6 at 5 p.m. EST. For more information about the film, visit the "Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man" website. And for a quick tease, see the trailer below.