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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 5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Could be better being "the" rather than "a" 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
Setphen 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 
 
Cinematography by
Sam Cullman 
 
Film Editing by
Marshall Curry 
Matthew Hamachek 
 
Production Management
Allison Davis .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Chad Birmingham .... sound editor
Chad Birmingham .... sound re-recording mixer
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)
Andy Pratt .... additional camera
Yun Rhee .... archival photography
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
Judy 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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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Could be better being "the" rather than "a", 25 January 2012
Author: Lomedin

I've seen this trend in documentary films, particularly in American ones: the story of a social movement or something wrong going on is told from the point of view of an affected individual, more often than not delivering not only information but a sentimental message, trying to make you emphatize with that particular individual. For me, that's a mistake.

When a cause is wrapped up around a single person and becomes a personal issue rather than an universal fight, the whole thing sinks down under just "a" story. Thus my summary comment: "the" story would have been better, without the whole sentimental filling.

Now, I ordered the DVD expecting to get more information about the ELF and related issues. I certainly did, although I had to cope with a lot of those sentimental fillers. Don't get my wrong, I do think that seeing what happens to someone involved with the ELF is educational, although there's no need to go that deep into Daniel's own life. You get involved knowing the repercussions, I'm sure people supporting the ELF emphatize with Daniel McGowan, and detractors will say "that's what he deserves". Then, again, why going so much into Daniel's private life details, not directly involving the ELF or environmental issues but rather trying to show his defects? For those wanting to get involved in the environmental movement, that may only scare them away. OK, some (if not all) of the stuff will simply anger these people, which in return will create, perhaps, an action. From my European point of view (and environmental activist, as well), I don't see the sentimental lines fitting anywhere. Alright, I'll stop repeating myself now. As I was saying, you will find useful information here (I discovered, among other things, the rare film "PiackAxe"). I didn't watch the extras yet, but I hope I will find even more nice information here -without fillers-.

I believe the film also try to portrait ELF people like "humans too" by showing their mistakes and weakness'. Hm, about that, let's just say that activists should take it as a what-not-to-do list rather than a pointing finger. I still don't see any so-called mistakes there, even though I do see how messed up is to betray your comrades for money or other selfish reasons (being able to walk free hand by hand with your child is more valuable than fighting against the total destruction of our natural world, right? If your child doesn't have air to breathe in the future but the one sold by the same corporations that destroyed the planet, you will be long gone by then, so who cares...).

Summarizing, worth watching, even with its flaws. If just for the informative value. If you can focus on what really is important, you will find the destruction mankind bring for greed. And, hopefully, will do something about it.

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