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Forum Post: Come view Oscar-Nominated Film “If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”

Posted 2 years ago on Feb. 11, 2012, 10:47 p.m. EST by VoterMarch (34) from New York, NY
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Epifaneo Collective, 56 Walker Street, Tribeca, NYC, is screening “If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front” which was recently nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary film, on Friday, Feb. 17 @ 7 pm, with a special presentation and Q&A with co-director, Sam Cullman.

In the New York Times, "If a Tree Falls, Maybe it Can Win an Oscar," Jan. 24, 2012, director/producer Marshall Curry states that:

“It’s been amazing to me how much overlap there is between the unfolding story of the OWS movement and the story of the environmental movement in the 90s. This summer, when the film was first released, it was a historical film, but suddenly the issues it deals with are urgent and on the front pages of newspapers every day. We’ve had lots of activist groups and universities do screenings because people are asking, what kinds of activism are effective? What kinds are ethical? And what are the legal ramifications?

See http://www.epifaneo.com/

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[-] 1 points by VoterMarch (34) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Screening of "If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary film, on Saturday, Feb. 25th @ 7 pm, followed by a discussion and Q&A, at Epifaneo Collective, 56 Walker Street, Tribeca, NYC.

Suggested donation of $5 to cover our costs. No OWS supporter will be turned away due to lack of funds.

The Epifaneo Collective at 56 Walker Street in Tribeca is affiliated with I.N.N. World Report, http://www.innworldreport.net/inn/ , a not-for-profit alternative media organization. For over 10 years, we have been supporting various activist causes through media broadcasts, film screenings, speaker events, group meetings and special events.

See www.Epifaneo.com for event details

See http://www.ifatreefallsfilm.com/ for official film website

[-] 1 points by VoterMarch (34) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Hollywood Reporter, FEINBERG FORECAST: Scott's Final Projections for the 84th Academy Awards, Feb. 19, 2012, @ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/oscar-predictions-the-artist-academy-awards-292628

Prediction for BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM (FEATURE): 1. If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front:

"This wide-open race ... will go to Marshall Curry’s polished, even-handed look at “eco-terrorism,” a subject of the same social scope and significance as most previous winners."

[-] 1 points by VoterMarch (34) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Voter March Predicts "If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" to Win Oscar for Best Documentary Film

Time Magazine chose "The Protester" as Time Person of The Year. A historical perspective of the protester was given, up to the more current developments in Egypt and Tunisia, to the Indignados in Spain to the Occupy Wall Street movement that spread from New York City to every city in the United States and throughout the world.

We believe that this year's winner of Best Documentary will be the film that has as its central focus, The Protester: "If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front," by Director Marshall Curry and Co-Director, Sam Cullman.

The title "IF A Tree Falls" has a double meaning. On the one hand, we see the pictures of beautiful trees from ancient forests being cut down by lumber companies. On the other hand, we also see how environmental protesters experience the adage "if a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"

These environmental protesters, like many of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, are pepper sprayed while they are engaging in nonviolent direct actions. Similar to how law enforcement destroyed the Occupy Wall Street encampments, we see how the Park Rangers destroyed the barricades and tents of the environmental protesters who were tree sitters protecting the ancient forests in Oregon.

We see how the protester's despair and disillusionment with their nonviolent direct action lead to the Earth Liberation Front, a radical splinter group from Earth First. The film depicts the human side of the protesters as they evolve from idealistic environmentalists to skilled arsonists causing millions of dollars of property damage. We are reminded of the aphorism "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.”

At the same time, the film achieves its purpose as a well balanced documentary by giving equal time to the viewpoints of the owners of the lumber companies who were targeted by the environmental activists, as well as law enforcement who vigorously pursued the arsonists. We gained firsthand insight into the methods that law enforcement uses to turn criminals into informants and to coerce plea deals.

Finally, we see how the environmental protesters are branded "eco-terrorists" and subjected to enhanced prison sentences. While they undeniably committed criminal acts of arson and tremendous property damage, we are left wondering whether these protesters are really "terrorists."

"If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" is our choice and prediction for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for 2012, because it is a social justice film that documents the lessens of history, as we grapple with the current developments of The Protester.

[-] 1 points by VoterMarch (34) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Academy Award for Best Documentary: Our Pick: If A Tree Falls, by Voter March blog, Feb. 19, 2012 http://www.votermarch.com/2012/02/academy-award-for-best-documentary-our.html

[-] 1 points by VoterMarch (34) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Friday @ 7 pm screening http://www.epifaneo.com/

[-] 1 points by VoterMarch (34) from New York, NY 2 years ago

Trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAGxy85R380

“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. And along the way it asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism. Drawing from striking archival footage — much of it never before seen — of dramatic arsons, and intimate interviews with ELF members and the prosecutor, “If a Tree Falls” explores the tumultuous period from 1995 until 2001 when environmentalists were clashing with timber companies and law enforcement.

A Q&A with co-director Sam Cullman will follow the screening. Cullman graduated from Brown University with honors (1999), where he majored in Urban Studies and the Visual Arts, and founded Yellow Cake Films in 2006. He is producer, director and cinematographer of a number of award winning documentaries and short films. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

A donation of $5 is suggested.

[-] 0 points by gosso920 (-24) 2 years ago

I'd love to, but I have to floss my cat.

[-] -1 points by BlackSun (275) from Agua León, BC 2 years ago

Aren't these the same people that torch SUV's and construction sites?