Artist Projects

If a Tree Falls

Sam Cullman , Marshall Curry

If a Tree Falls is a feature-length documentary that offers a behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), the radical environmental group that the FBI calls America’s “number one domestic terrorist threat.” The film tells the story of Daniel McGowan, an ELF member who participated in two multi-million dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. If a Tree Falls explores how a working class kid from Queens (the son of a New York cop who was a business major in college) found himself facing life in prison for “eco-terrorism.”

Project Updates

  • 2012: If a Tree Falls is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature

  • 2011: If a Tree Falls has theatrical premiere at IFC Center in New York

  • 2011: If a Tree Falls screens at international film festivals, including the Dallas Film Festival, the Sheffield Doc/Fest (UK) and the Sydney Film Festival (Australia)

  • 2011: If a Tree Falls wins the Documentary Channel Grand Prize in the Documentary Competition at the Nashville Film Festival

  • 2011: If a Tree Falls is acquired for U.S. release by Oscilloscope Laboratories and will have its theatrical premiere in June in New York

  • 2011: If a Tree Falls wins special jury prize at the Miami International Film Festival

  • 2011: If a Tree Falls wins U.S. Documentary Editing Award at Sundance

  • 2010: If a Tree Falls is one of The Wall Street Journal’s “Ten Films to Watch at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival”

  • 2010: Curry and Cullman finish a rough cut version of If a Tree Falls and begin the editing stage of the project

  • Artists

    Sam Cullman

    Sam Cullman is a cinematographer, producer and director of documentaries with over a decade of experience. He produced and shot the Sundance Gra…


    Marshall Curry

    Marshall Curry got his start shooting, editing, and directing the documentary Street Fight, which follows …


  • Events

    Apr 14 – Apr 21, 2011
    Lynn Hershmann Leeson's "Women Art Revolution" and Marshall Curry's "If a Tree Falls" screen in the Nashville Film Festival

    Apr 25 – May 02, 2009
    Marshall Curry's film RACING DREAMS premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, NY

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  • Project News

    January 18, 2011
    Creative Capital at Sundance 2011

    June 15, 2011
    Project Premiere: Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman's "If a Tree Falls" at IFC Center in New York

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