A story of the Earth Liberation Front.
The Earth Liberation Front (ELF), whom the FBI called 'America’s number one domestic terrorism threat', are famous for launching spectacular arsons against dozens of businesses. These businesses, which ELF accuse of destroying the environment, include timber companies, SUV dealerships, wild horse slaughterhouses, and a 12 million dollar ski lodge at Vail, Colorado. Part coming-of-age tale, part cops-and-robbers thriller, If A Tree Falls focuses on ELF member, Daniel McGowan, as he goes from house arrest to facing life in prison, and depicts a tumultuous point in history at which the word “terrorism” had not yet been altered by 9/11.
Marshall Curry had his start shooting, directing, and editing the documentary Street Fight, which followed Cory Booker's first run for mayor of Newark, NJ, and was nominated for an Academy Award and an Emmy. In 2005, Marshall was selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of "25 New Faces of Independent Film", and was awarded the International Documentary Association (IDA) Jacqueline Donnet Filmmaker Award. In 2007 he received the International Trailblazer Award at MIPDOC in Cannes. He has appeared as a guest on television and radio numerous times, including NPR's Morning Edition, ABC's Nightline, PBS's The Tavis Smiley Show, and others. He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, Duke, NYU, and other colleges, and he has served on juries for the International Documentary Association, Hot Docs Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College, where he studied Comparative Religion and was a Eugene Lang Scholar. He was also a Jane Addams Fellow at Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy, where he wrote about the history, philosophy, and economics of non-profits.