New York filmmaker Marshall Curry was exposed to the story almost by chance. As he recounts in the beginning of the film, one December day in 2005 (long after the ELF had disbanded) four federal agents entered his wife’s office and arrested one of her employees. That employee, Daniel McGowen, became one of the main characters in the film that traced the beginning of the movement and it’s ultimate demise.
The film also follows the law enforcement officers that brought the cell to justice. Along the way, the film raises questions about the the definition of terrorism and the roles of activism and law enforcement in a democratic society. If a Tree Falls is out on DVD, live streaming on Netflix and will open for a second run at the Bijou theatre in Eugene this Friday.
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