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

On December 7th, 2005, federal agents conducted a nationwide sweep of radical environmentalists involved with the Earth Liberation Front - an organization the FBI has called America's "number one domestic terrrorism threat."

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front is the remarkable story of the group's rise and fall told through the transformation and radicalization of one of the its members, Daniel McGowan. Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry (Street Fight, Racing Dreams) weaves a chronicle of McGowan facing life in prison and a dramatic investigation of the events that led to his involvement with the ELF. The result is a film that is equal parts a coming-of-age tale and a cops-and-robbers thriller. Using never-before-seen archival footage and intimate interviews - with cell members and with the prosecutor and detective who were chasing them - If a Tree Falls asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism.

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Feature Length Documentary 2012

WINNER - Documentary Editing Award - SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2011

"One of the best documentaries of the year!" CRITIC'S CHOICE - Los Angeles Times

"A true life outlaw tale, as stirring as it is tragic." - The Village Voice

"It's a wildly successful and engaging documentary." - NY Press

2011 / USA / Colour / 1.78 Anamorphic / Dolby 5.1 Surround / 85 minutes

Director: Marshall Curry


  • Feature length audio commentary with Director/Editor Marshall Curry, Co-Director/Cinematographer Sam Cullman & Editor Matthew Hamachek
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Interviews
  • "You cannot control what is wild" - updates from subjects in the film
  • Post-screening Q&A in Ashland, Oregon with Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Original theatrical trailer

Product Number: KNS 50639

UPC Number: 8-81751-50639-9