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If a Tree Falls
POV Season 24
Feature Film | 09/13/2011 | 90 Mins

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front explores two of America’s most pressing issues — environmentalism and terrorism — by lifting the veil on a radical environmental group the FBI calls America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat.” Daniel McGowan, a former member of the Earth Liberation Front, faces life in prison for two multimillion-dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. What turned this working-class kid from Queens into an eco-warrior? Marshall Curry (Oscar®-nominated Street Fight, POV 2005) provides a nuanced and provocative account that is part coming-of-age story, part cautionary tale and part cops-and-robbers thriller. Winner of Best Documentary Editing Award, 2011 Sundance Film Festival. A co-production of ITVS in association with American Documentary | POV, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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  • Marshall Curry Marshall Curry