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Marshall Curry discusses the former radical environmentalist who is the focal point of his film If A Tree Falls.

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People on all sides of the case weigh in on whether or not the ELF arsons constitute terrorism.

Filmmaker Interviews

Co-director of If a Tree Falls talks about radical environmentalism and counterterrorism efforts in the United States.

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How did the ELF operate anonymously and evade capture?

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Police respond to environmental protest with tear gas and pepper spray, igniting a more violent spark in some activists.


This provocative film lifts the veil on a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America’s "number one domestic terrorism threat."

Filmmaker Interviews

Directors Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman answer questions about "If A Tree Falls."

  • Updated on May 1, 2014

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Film Information

If a Tree Falls (90 min.)

Premiere Date: September 13, 2011

Encore Broadcast Date: Oct. 11, 2012

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Marshall Curry Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Oscar Nomination Press Release | Press Release for Broadcast | Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim | Press Release


Marshall Curry
Marshall Curry

I'm always intrigued when reality cuts against my expectations or stereotypes. How did this guy — who could be anyone's little brother, or employee, or next-­door neighbor — wind up facing life in prison for 'eco-terrorism'?”

— Marshall Curry, Filmmaker


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Critical Acclaim

[A] sterling example of journalistic documentary, clearer, fairer and more engrossing than any of the sensationalistic newspaper or magazine stories about ELF.”

— Andrew O'Hehir,

Grade: A... The film sweeps us up like a thriller... a fantastic moral ambivalence”

— Owen Gleiberman,
Entertainment Weekly

The film's sobriety and carefully balanced arguments make it an exemplary piece.”

— Stephen Holden,
The New York Times

5-stars: [The] filmmakers raise questions and stir public debate about the definition of terrorism, especially in the post 9/11 security environment...very compelling.”

— Jennifer Merin, Documentaries

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