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

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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.'

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Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman (co-director)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel McGowan Daniel McGowan ... Self - Earth Liberation Front Activist
Lisa McGowan Lisa McGowan ... Self - Daniel's Sister
Tim Lewis ... Self - Activist & Filmmaker
Kirk Engdall Kirk Engdall ... Self - Assistant U.S. Attorney
Jim Flynn Jim Flynn ... Self - Former Editor, Earth First Journal
Jenny Synan Jenny Synan ... Self - Daniel's Girlfriend
Susan Synan Susan Synan ... Self - Jenny's Mother
Bill Barton Bill Barton ... Self - Native Forest Council
Leslie James Pickering Leslie James Pickering ... Self - Former ELF Spokesman
Greg Harvey Greg Harvey ... Self - Detective, Eugene Police Department
Chuck Tilby Chuck Tilby ... Self - Captain, Eugene Police Department
Suzanne Savoie Suzanne Savoie ... Self - Daniel's Ex-Girlfriend
Steve Swanson Steve Swanson ... Self - President, Superior Lumber
Chuck Wert Chuck Wert ... Self - Executive Vice President, Superior Lumber
Don Rice Don Rice ... Self - Manager, Jefferson Poplar Farms
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IF A TREE FALLS is 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.' With unprecedented access and a nuanced point of view, the documentary tells the story of Daniel McGowan, an ELF member who faced life in prison for two multi-million dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. The film employs McGowan's story to examine larger questions about environmentalism, activism, and terrorism. Written by Anonymous

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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?
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Connections

References A Life Among Whales (2005) See more »

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Girls and Boys
Written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James (as Steven Alexander James), and Dave Rowntree
Performed by Blur
EMI Records Ltd.
Published by MCA Music Ltd. and Songs of Universal Inc.
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A Ponder about Social Movements and Terrorism
18 March 2019 | by l-05259See all my reviews

A Great Documentery. The director uses a truely sociology angle of view. The film did not judge anybody and anything, and it even didn't give a certain answer about whether their movements were terrorism or not, however, the value of the film is that it leaves so many questions to be solved: what on earth is the border of social movements and crime and terrorism? How did the organization become a "like-terrorism" organization?...... So we consider the film a ponder, which based on sociology and environmental ethics, which is both objective and touching. And I'm quite sure that, in this very time, we do need this kind of documentary.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Oregon, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,634, 26 June 2011

Gross USA:

$61,794

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,794
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1.85 : 1
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