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If A Tree Falls

A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
(DVD - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
If A Tree Falls
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The remarkable story of the rise and fall of the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat, ' told through the transformation and radicalization of one of its members, Daniel McGowan. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry weaves a chronicle of McGowan facing life in prison with a dramatic investigation of the events that led to his involvement with the ELF.
Title: If a tree falls
a story of the Earth Liberation Front
[videorecording]
Published: [United States] : Oscilloscope Laboratories, c2011.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (85 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Bonus features: audio commentary; deleted scenes; post-screening Q&A in Ashland, Oregon; extended interviews; original theatrical trailer; updates from subjects in the film.
Release date: Aug. 30, 2011.
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Summary: The remarkable story of the rise and fall of the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat, ' told through the transformation and radicalization of one of its members, Daniel McGowan. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry weaves a chronicle of McGowan facing life in prison with a dramatic investigation of the events that led to his involvement with the ELF.
Audience: Not rated.
Local Note: 1 2
Branch Call Number: DVD 363.325 IF
Statement of Responsibility: a coproduction of Marshall Curry Productions, LLC and the Independent Television Service ; written by Matthew Hamachek and Marshall Curry ; co-directed and produced by Sam Cullman ; directed and produced by Marshall Curry
Credits: Editors, Matthew Hamacheck, Marshall Curry ; music, James Baxter, The National.
System Details: DVD; NTSC, region 0; Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0; widescreen.
Other Language: English dialogue; English subtitles.
Subject Headings: Ecoterrorism United States History Video recordings. McGowan, Daniel Video recordings. Earth Liberation Front History Video recordings.
Genre/Form: Nonfiction films.
Documentary films.
Topical Term: Ecoterrorism
Publisher No: OSC 38
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Jul 14, 2013
  • toby65 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting. But the main character, McGowan seems so naive, it is almost embarrassing. And McGowan happy to take his family's money for legal costs etc. but feels free to condemn their behaviour. Seems like an aging teenager to me. ( I suspect he may have learned a thing or two in prison about how the world really works. ) Violence and destruction are not okay, no matter how strongly people feel about their particular social/environmental/ religious, etc. cause.

May 18, 2012
  • HereHere rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Interesting questions are raised on a number of moral and legal issues, does the torching of millions of dollars of assets while not harming a single person constitute terrorism and thus relegate the convicts to terrorist prisons? How could someone get so frustrated that they would do these acts? How could they get away with it for so long? Can a lumberman whose profit motive legitimately consider himself an environmentalist?

In the UW Horticulture and Jefferson arsons, they were totally clueless about what they were torching. They couldn't even find targets that were actually doing what they're supposedly against. it would be alot easier to get behind at least some sort of idealism if the specific actions weren't so clueless. the dvd doesn't even go into the extent to which the arsonists were uninformed about the actual research at UW. that they were also totally clueless about the Jefferson site research says alot about fanaticism and its drive to mindlessly lash out at anything. Is this is a balanced portrait of the movement:
Jake Ferguson as the Greg Allman of the environmental movement.

Oct 17, 2011
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A++FOR THE ELF!!!!!

B+ DVD

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