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 dates
  • 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.

Reception[edit]

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front won the award for Best Documentary Editing at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, was theatrically released by Oscilloscope Laboratories and earned director Marshall Curry his second Academy Award nomination. Kenneth Turan at the Los Angeles Times called it "one of the best documentaries of the year"[1] 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."[2]

Awards[edit]

  • Academy Award, Best Documentary Feature (nominee)[3]
  • Sundance Film Festival, Best Documentary Editing (winner)[4]
  • Dallas Film Festival, Environmental Visions Award (winner)[5]
  • Miami International Film Festival, Knight Dox Competition Grand Jury Prize (nominee)[6]
  • Miami Film Festival, Knight Dox Competition Special Mention (winner)[6]
  • Nashville Film Festival, Best Documentary (winner)[7]
  • Traverse City Film Festival, Founders Award for Best Documentary (winner)
  • Santa Cruz Film Festival, Earthvision Environmental Jury Prize (winner)[8]
  • Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, Best Feature (winner)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turan, Kenneth. "Kenneth Turan's film picks: 'If a Tree Falls,' 'Honeymoon Killers'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Revkin, Andrew. "If a Tree Falls, Can it Win an Oscar?". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "The 84th Academy Awards 2012". Oscars.org. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front". Sundance Institute. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "2011 DALLAS International Film Festival Announces Award Winners". Vimooz. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  6. ^ a b IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1787725/awards?ref_=tt_ql_4. Retrieved 14 May 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Smith, Nigel M. ""Weekend" & "If a Tree Falls" Win Big in Nashville". Indiewire. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Santa Cruz Film Festival Awards". Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 

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