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

Directed by: Marshall Curry

Special Preview Screening

Documentary Editing Award – Sundance Film Festival

“Marshall Curry’s reconstruction of the recent history and unraveling of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) is a fascinating exploration of a modern revolutionary movement and its efficacy… Focusing on Oregon-based activist Daniel McGowan, Curry relates the tale of a mild-mannered, middle-class citizen driven to extremes and brought to trial on charges of terrorism for his participation in ELF-related arson plots. Detailing activists’ past disillusionment with public protest—and the police brutality and inertia that often followed—the film poses difficult questions about the possibility of effecting change from either within or without the system and examines the changed stakes for revolutionaries today in a world fixated on branding all dissenters as terrorists.” – Sundance Film Festival (2011, 85 min.)

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