If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Available on Prime Video, Tubi TV, iTunes
In December 2005, Daniel McGowan was arrested by Federal agents in a nationwide sweep of radical environmentalists involved with the Earth Liberation Front - a group the FBI has called America's "number one domestic terrorism threat." For years, the ELF had launched spectacular arsons against dozens of businesses they accused of destroying the environment: timber companies, SUV dealerships, wild horse slaughterhouses, and a $12 million ski lodge at Vail, Colorado. Part coming-of-age tale, part cops-and-robbers thriller, the film interweaves a vérité chronicle of Daniel on house arrest as he faces life in prison, with a dramatic recounting of the events that led to his involvement with the group. Along the way it asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism.
Starring Tim Lewis, Leslie James Pickering, Jake Ferguson
Director Marshall Curry