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If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front -- A rare behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat.'
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Directors:
Marshall Curry
Sam Cullman (co-director)
Writers:
Matthew Hamachek (written by)
Marshall Curry (written by)
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A rare behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat.' Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Great documentary showing the people willing to fight back against the corporations See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Daniel McGowan ... Himself - Earth Liberation Front Activist
Lisa McGowan ... Herself - Daniel's Sister
Tim Lewis ... Himself - Activist & Filmmaker
Kirk Engdall ... Himself - Assistant U.S. Attorney
Jim Flynn ... Himself - Former Editor, Earth First Journal
Jenny Synan ... Herself - Daniel's Girlfriend
Susan Synan ... Herself - Jenny's Mother
Bill Barton ... Himself - Native Forest Council
Leslie James Pickering ... Himself - Former ELF Spokesman
Greg Harvey ... Himself - Detective, Eugene Police Department
Chuck Tilby ... Himself - Captain, Eugene Police Department
Suzanne Savoie ... Herself - Daniel's Ex-Girlfriend
Steve Swanson ... Himself - President, Superior Lumber
Chuck Wert ... Himself - Executive Vice President, Superior Lumber
Don Rice ... Himself - Manager, Jefferson Poplar Farms
Jake Ferguson ... Himself - Earth Liberation Front Activist
Dan McGowan ... Himself - Daniel's Father
Lauren Regan ... Herself - Daniel's Legal Team
Stephen F. Peifer ... Himself - Assistant U.S. Attorney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alberto Gonzales ... Himself (archive footage)

Dan Rather ... Himself (archive footage)

Mike Wallace ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Marshall Curry 
Sam Cullman (co-director)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marshall Curry  written by
Matthew Hamachek  written by

Produced by
Steve Bannatyne .... executive producer (as Stephen Bannatyne)
Marcia Carver .... executive producer: Lucky Hat Entertainment
Sam Cullman .... producer
Marshall Curry .... producer
Sally Jo Fifer .... executive producer: ITVS
Nick Fraser .... executive producer: BBC
Bill Gallagher .... line producer
Simon Kilmurry .... executive producer: POV
Jo Lapping .... producer: BBC
 
Original Music by
James Baxter (original music)
 
Cinematography by
Sam Cullman 
 
Film Editing by
Marshall Curry 
Matthew Hamachek 
 
Production Management
Allison Davis .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Chad Birmingham .... re-recording mixer
Chad Birmingham .... sound editor
Sam Cullman .... sound recordist
Marshall Curry .... sound recordist
Paul Hsu .... sound designer
 
Visual Effects by
Brittany De Nigris .... motion graphics assistant
Joe Posner .... motion graphics
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Marshall Curry .... additional camera
Skye Fitzgerald .... additional camera
Bill Gallagher .... additional camera
Tim Lewis .... additional camera
Jeremy Medoff .... additional camera (as Jeremy Medhoff)
Andrew Pratt .... additional camera (as Andy Pratt)
Yun Rhee .... archival photography
Randy Shadowalker .... camera operator
Chris Teague .... additional camera
T.J. Watt .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Katie Earls .... post-production assistant
Tina Grapenthin .... assistant editor
Eric Daniel Metzgar .... editor: promotion reel
Mark Rattelle .... post-production assistant
Yun Rhee .... photo editor
Charlie Rokosny .... colorist
Caitlin Tartaro .... on-line producer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Marshall Curry .... music clearances
The National .... composer: additional music
Nick Stumpf .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Iddo Arad .... legal services: Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz
Jenile Brooks .... intern
Victoria S. Cook .... legal services: Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz
Jason Emerton .... business affairs: BBC
Zach Fox .... intern
Noah Goldman .... intern
Karen Holmes .... intern
Rachel Kolb .... intern
Julia Landau .... production research
Steven Loring .... archival research
Priya Masilamani .... legal services: Lowenstein Sandler
Liza Mueller .... transcriptions
Mike Ohrenberger .... intern
Ann Orrin .... intern (as Anne Orrin)
Denise Pasquinelli .... intern
Ludovic Pronko .... intern
Karen Shatzkin .... legal services: Shatskin & Mayer
Taiki Sugioka .... intern
Kara Suzanne .... bookkeeper
Babette Wielenga .... intern
Davis Wright .... legal services (as Davis Wright Tremaine)
Edward M. Zimmerman .... legal services: Lowenstein Sandler
Dan Berger .... production coordinator (uncredited)
David Magdael .... publicist (uncredited)
 
Thanks
David Cieri .... thanks
Cecil Esquivel-Obregon .... thanks
Liz Garbus .... thanks
Ryan Harrington .... thank you
 

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Daniel McGowan - Earth Liberation Front Activist:When you're screaming at the top of your lungs and no one hears you, what are you supposed to do?See more »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Great documentary showing the people willing to fight back against the corporations, 11 March 2012
Author: Conor Maximus from United Kingdom

Great documentary showing the people who are willing to fight back against the corporations that are not only willing to destroy and pillage mother nature for profit but are happy to do so. Do I agree with their tactics? No, but am I happy there is now a new extreme fighting back against the other extreme? Yes. For too long corporations have done what they please without caring for anything but the money lining their pockets. This documentary shows the people who where willing to stand up and say enough is enough. Peaceful protests just fell on deaf ears and ended with pepper spray to the eyes and testicles. These guys had enough, they knew for a fact that their protests where not going to change anything so they had to turn it up notch. Corporations would not listen to their cries and simply didn't care so ELF decided to hit them in the only place they care about, their pockets. This documentary follows the story of one of these protesters who decided to fight back and stand up for what he thought was right. Should these people be considered terrorists? No, they should be considered arsonists. If the government defines these people as terrorists then what name should be given to the corporations who drove these people to take these actions? Again I do not condone the actions of these people but they are the lesser of two evils in this situation.

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