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

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If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
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Promotional poster for If a Tree Falls
Directed by Marshall Curry (director), Sam Cullman (co-director)
Produced by Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman
Written by Marshall Curry, Matthew Hamacheck
Edited by Matthew Hamacheck, Marshall Curry
Distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories
Release date(s)
  • January 21, 2011 (2011-01-21) (Sundance)
  • June 22, 2011 (2011-06-22) (United States)
Running time 85 minutes
Language English

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front is a documentary film by filmmaker Marshall Curry, exploring the origins, motives, and organization of the Earth Liberation Front and Eco-terrorism in general. Additionally, it explains how the Department of Justice was able to find and arrest Daniel McGowan and his co-conspirators in a nationwide sweep in December 2005 and raises questions as to whether or not they deserved to be sentenced as "terrorists."

The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where it also won an award for editing, and went on to screen within such festivals as Maryland Film Festival. On January 24, 2011, the film was announced as one of the five nominees for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

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