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Music director  James Baxter
Language  English
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Documentary, Biography, Crime
Duration  
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Director  Marshall Curry (director), Sam Cullman (co-director)
Release date  January 21, 2011 (2011-01-21) (Sundance) June 22, 2011 (2011-06-22) (United States)
Writer  Marshall Curry, Matthew Hamachek
Directors  Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman
Cast  Leslie James Pickering, Lisa McGowan, Chuck Tilby
Awards  Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Editing Award
Similar movies  Salt, El infierno vasco, Negociador, The Nines, El precio de la libertad, Todos estamos invitados

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If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front is a 2011 American documentary film by filmmaker Marshall Curry. It tells the story of activist Daniel G. McGowan of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), from his first arson attacks in 1996 to his 2005 arrest by the Department of Justice. The film also examines the ethics of the ELF at large and how terrorism is to be defined.

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Premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, If a Tree Falls was rapidly acclaimed by critics. Many considered it one of the best documentaries of 2011 for its thought-provoking portrayal of complex environmental and political issues. It won a number of awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

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Plot

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Daniel McGowan first became involved with the ELF in 1996.

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The Department of Justice launched Operation Backfire to find the arsonists.

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In 2006, McGowan was arrested. Signing a plea agreement, he was sentenced to 7 years in prison.

Production

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Director Marshall Curry knew Daniel McGowan through his wife's work. McGowan did not strike him as the terrorist type, so after his 2006 arrest, he was intrigued to find out what led him to his radical course of action.

Release

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If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Documentary Editing. Oscilloscope Laboratories would subsequently pick it up for theatrical distribution.

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PBS broadcast the film on September 13, 2011, as part of its POV series.

Reception

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Kenneth Turan at the Los Angeles Times called it "one of the best documentaries of the year" and the New York Times said it was "an extraordinary documentary... [a] fearless exploration of complexity in a world drawn to oversimplified depictions of events and problems, heroes and villains."

The various organizations involved -- including the spokesman for the Earth Liberation Front and the prosecutor who put members of the E.L.F. in prison -- also responded favorably.

Awards

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front won the award for Best Documentary Editing at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and earned director Marshall Curry his second Academy Award nomination.

  • Academy Award, Best Documentary Feature (nominee)
  • Sundance Film Festival, Best Documentary Editing (winner)
  • Dallas Film Festival, Environmental Visions Award (winner)
  • Miami International Film Festival, Knight Dox Competition Grand Jury Prize (nominee)
  • Miami Film Festival, Knight Dox Competition Special Mention (winner)
  • Nashville Film Festival, Best Documentary (winner)
  • Traverse City Film Festival, Founders Award for Best Documentary (winner)
  • Santa Cruz Film Festival, Earthvision Environmental Jury Prize (winner)
  • Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, Best Feature (winner)
  • References

    If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front Wikipedia
    If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front IMDb If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front themoviedb.org


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