IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONTAugust 31, 2011


IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT

Oscilliscope Labs

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IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT

By John Werner
 

The FBI called the Earth Liberation Front, or ELF, one of the most dangerous groups in the country. To illustrate that point, Academy-award nominated director, Marshall Curry opens his documentary with a series of news reports about domestic terrorism. A ski resort burns to the ground, a lumber mill engulfed in flames, more buildings scorched and a press conference by law enforcers celebrating the end of ELF activities.

Daniel McGowan, one of fourteen members of ELF arrested, was working for Marshall Curry’s wife when he was busted. It’s how the director was introduced to his subject.

At first, I thought McGowen wasn’t what you might expect a domestic terrorist to look or sound like. In fact, this unlikely, (and for me unlikable,) protagonist of “IF A TREE FALLS,” initially seems like a pretty ordinary guy. Raised by a NYC cop in Queens, a catholic high school track star, he’d never even been camping until about the time he became an Eco-Terrorist.

 

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