It’s time for a giveaway! We’ve got another great DVD for you guys thanks to the awesome folks over at Oscilloscope Laboratories. “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year (winning the Best Documentary Editing award) and is now hitting DVD on August 30th. I haven’t had a chance to see the film yet, but the trailer definitely has me intrigued. Here’s the synopsis:
On December 7th, 2005, federal agents conducted a nationwide sweep of radical environmentalists involved with the Earth Liberation Front — an organization the FBI has called America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat.”
IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT is the remarkable story of the group’s rise and fall, told through the transformation and radicalization of one of its members, Daniel McGowan. Part coming-of-age tale, part cops-and-robbers thriller, the film interweaves a chronicle of McGowan facing life in prison with a dramatic investigation of the events that led to his involvement with the ELF. Using never-before-seen archival footage and intimate interviews — with cell members and with the prosecutor and detective who were chasing them — IF A TREE FALLS asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism.
Like all of their releases, Oscilloscope has included a great collection of features on the DVD:
Feature length commentary with Director/Editor Marshall Curry, Co-director/Cinematographer Sam Cullman, & Editor Matthew Hamachek
“You cannot control what is wild” – updates from subjects in the film
Post-screening Q&A in Ashland, Oregon with Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
Original theatrical trailer
For a chance to win a copy of If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, simply send me an email here with ‘TREE’ in the subject line. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address and I will announce the winner sometime next week. Alternately, the DVD will be available for purchase on August 30th. Good luck!