• If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011)

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Release Date: June 22nd, 2011

DVD Release Date: August 30th, 2011

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 25 min

Plot Summary
Documentarian Marshall Curry investigates the darker side of the fight for our environment in this documentary about the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), a radical group of activists that has gone to extreme lengths to protest against deforestation. The film focuses on Daniel McGowan, a former member of ELF who was sentenced to life in prison when he was found guilty of acts of environmental terrorism after he participated in the firebombing of several Oregon-based timber companies.

Director: Marshall Curry

Genres: Documentary

Distributors: Oscilloscope Pictures

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  • The problem is that the heart of the movie is McGowan. He's just not a very compelling figure. He's a bit doughy and inert. show more

  • Curry and co-editor Matthew Hamachek assemble the wide-ranging material into an informative, compelling story line, although details about McGowan's upbringing and early years in the environmental movement slow the narrative down and some of the footage of McGowan puttering around his sister's apartment proves too mundane to hold much interest. show more

  • While it may not pack the rollicking drama of his first feature, Street Fight, Marshall Curry's timely If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front likewise chronicles the personal tale behind political headlines. show more

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