Environmental Activism after 9/11: If a Tree Falls

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 7pm

Environmental Activism after 9/11: If a Tree Falls

Credits

Directors, Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman (USA, 85m, 2011)

Official Website

Nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Film category, If a Tree Falls is a rare behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat.' With unprecedented access and a nuanced point of view, the documentary tells the story of Daniel McGowan, an ELF member who faced life in prison for two multi-million dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. The film employs McGowan's story to examine larger questions about environmentalism, activism, and terrorism.

The film will be introduced by Eckerd College Alumna Darden Rice. Darden Rice has over a decade of experience working for the public interest and progressive political campaigns. Most recently, she was the Florida Program Director for the Gulf Restoration Network and is currently the president of the St. Petersburg League of Women Voters. Darden has worked on a wide range of progressive and environmental issues, including senior positions with the national Sierra Club. Darden received a B.A. with Distinction in American Studies from Eckerd College in 2000. Her undergraduate thesis, From Seminoles to Capitalists: An Environmental History of Fisheating Creek, FL was selected for publication in the 2000 National Undergraduate Conference for Research.

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