Documentary focuses on environmental “terrorists”
With Americans’ concerns about joblessness and a sputtering economy far ahead of worries about the environment, documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry finds new relevance in these issues by profiling the development of radical environmentalism through the lens of domestic terrorism.
Winner of the Documentary Editing Award at Sundance, “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front” is slated for broadcast later this year on PBS’ POV series and will remain an evergreen title in educational settings as well. Select theatrical dates in targeted markets could also prove fruitful.
For some activists, even the more extreme forms of protest advocated by groups like Earth First! were not aggressive enough to confront the onslaught of logging. In 1996, Eugene resident Jake Ferguson and several accomplices burned down two vacant U.S. Forest Service ranger stations in ELF’s first targeted arson.