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We are so excited that Documentarian Marshall Curry got the Oscar Nomination on NHFF 2011 Film If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front. If you weren’t lucky enough to see this film at the festival, here’s a quick synopsis:
In December 2005, Daniel McGowan was arrested by U.S. 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 terrorism threat.” For years, the ELF, operating in separate anonymous cells without any central leadership, had launched spectacular arsons against dozens of businesses they accused of destroying the environment: timber companies, SUV dealerships, wild horse slaughterhouses, and a $12 million ski lodge in Vail, Colorado. This film 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.
The film has gotten amazing reviews, and we feel so honored to have had it in our 2011 Festival Line-up. Congratulations Marshall, and best of luck this Sunday at the Oscars!!
Be sure to watch the 84th Academy Awards on Feb 26!
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