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.
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
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
DIRECTIONS: A, B, C, D,
E, F, M train to W.4 St. (south exits to W.3rd);
#1 to Christopher
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.
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.
additional details see comment at
the film's trailer:
If A Tree Falls Facebook
More screenings are planned around the country in July and
August and info is updated frequently on the film's website at