[act-ma] 7/29: Earth Liberation Front documentary opens at the Coolidge
cheryl at coolidge.org
Tue Jul 26 13:58:31 PDT 2011
IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT, a Sundance-winning
documentary about the ELF, opens at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Friday,
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
For years, the ELFoperating in separate anonymous cells without any central
leadershiphad launched arson attacks 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.
With the arrest of Daniel and 13 others, the government had cracked what was
probably the largest ELF cell in America and brought down the group
responsible for the very first ELF arsons in this country.
IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT tells the remarkable
story of the rise and fall of this ELF cell, by focusing on the
transformation and radicalization of one of its members. Part coming-of-age
tale, part cops-and-robbers thrilller, the film interweaves a verité
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.
For screening times, visit www.coolidge.org <http://www.coolidge.org/> .
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