Documentary on Former Wetlands Activist Playing at IFC Center

Daniel McGowan (left) and other Wetlands activists blockade the corporate office of Mitsubishi International on October 21, 1997.

"If A Tree Falls" a documentary about former Wetlands Activism Collective and Earth Liberation Front activist Daniel McGowan, is playing at the IFC Center in Manhattan's West Village beginning on June 22nd, 2011. Daniel was active with Wetlands in the late nineties, working on efforts including our Home Depot and Mitsubishi campaigns.

An official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and winner of the U.S. Documentary Editing Award, If a Tree Falls is a feature-length documentary that offers a behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), the radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's "number one domestic terrorist threat." The film tells the story of Daniel McGowan, an ELF member who participated in two multi-million-dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. Described by Filmmaker Magazine as "an intriguing and important film,'If a Tree Falls' explores how a working class kid from Queens (the son of a New York cop who was a business major in college) found himself facing life in prison for 'eco-terrorism.'"

IF A TREE FALLS explores the transformation and radicalization of, Daniel McGowan, a NYC native who moved out West in the late 1990s to become involved with the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environment group that the FBI has called America?s ?number one domestic terrorism threat.?   The film interweaves a chronicle of McGowan facing life in prison with a dramatic investigation of the events that led to his involvement with the ELF.  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 in America today.

  IFC Center (the former Waverly Cinema) on 6th Av. at
  W.3rd St.:

DIRECTIONS: A, B, C, D, E, F, M train to W.4 St. (south exits to W.3rd);

#1 to Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.;
PATH to 9th St.; buses on 6th Av. or W.9th orW.10th or Houston;

NYC suggests biking via 9th St. or 10th St. or Bleecker or MacDougal.

Ticket sales are monitored at the IFC theater, and a strong turnout there will be monitored by other theaters around the country who will then determine if they too will pick up the film based on sales. So if the film is well attended during this opening weekend at the IFC, we'll be assured the widest possible release. The film has already played at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and at the Human Rights Film Festival at Lincoln Center.

If a Tree Falls is distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories and will screen nationwide this summer. Click here for more information and screening times.

For additional details see comment at

View the film's trailer:

If A Tree Falls Facebook page:

More screenings are planned around the country in July and August and info is updated frequently on the film's website at


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