If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Director Marshall Curry
Genre Documentary
Runtime 85 minutes
Supplier Marshall Curry Productions
Festivals/Awards Academy Award® Nominee - Best Documentary Feature 2012
Release Date In theatres on March 12, 2012
DVD/Blu-ray available on April 10, 2012

Synopsis

* Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards® 2012 *

On December 7th, 2005, federal agents conducted a nationwide sweep of radical environmentalists involved with the Earth Liberation Front - an organization the FBI has called America's "number one domestic terrrorism threat." If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front is the remarkable story of the group's rise and fall told through the transformation and radicalization of one of the its members, Daniel McGowan. Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry (Street Fight, Racing Dreams) weaves a chronicle of McGowan facing life in prison and a dramatic investigation of the events that led to his involvement with the ELF. The result is a film that is equal parts a coming-of-age tale and a cops-and-robbers thriller. Using never-before-seen archival footage and intimate interviews - with cell members and with the prosecutor and detective who were chasing them - If a Tree Falls asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism.

Academy Award® Nominee - Best Documentary Feature 2012


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Co-Director Sam Cullen

Press & Articles

“Kenneth Turan's film picks: 'If a Tree Falls'” - Los Angeles Times

“Crimes Against Property, as Protests” - The New York Times

“Terrorist or Activist? Daniel McGowan and the ELF in 'If a Tree Falls'” - The Village Voice

“SUNDANCE REVIEW: Festival Winner 'If a Tree Falls' a Compelling Doc About Radical Environmentalism” - The Hollywood Reporter

“'If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front' Review” - The Washington Post

“'If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front' Review” - Filmcritic.com

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front


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