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If A Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $61,794Details
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In December 2005, Daniel McGowan was arrested by 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.” Part coming-of-age tale, part cops-and-robbers thriller, the film interweaves a vérité chronicle of Daniel on house arrest as he faces life in prison, with a dramatic investigation into the events that led to his involvement with the group. And along the way it asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
88% - Fresh
75% - Upright

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: June 22nd, 2011 (Limited) by Oscilloscope Pictures
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 90 minutes
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Keywords: Biography, Voiceover/Narration, Terrorism, Environment, Political
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Television AB, The Independent Television Service, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Lucky Hat Entertainment, American Documentary, BBC Films
Production Countries: United Kingdom,
United States


Daniel McGowan    Himself
Tim Lewis    Himself
Jake Ferguson    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Marshall Curry
Producer    Sam Cullman
Executive Producer    Stephen Bannatyne
Executive Producer    Marcia Carver
Executive Producer    Sally Jo Fifer
Executive Producer    Simon Kilmurry
Executive Producer    Nick Fraser
Co-Director    Sam Cullman
Screenwriter    Matthew Hamachek
Editor    Matthew Hamachek
Screenwriter    Marshall Curry
Editor    Marshall Curry

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Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/07/04 85 $411   2 $206   $22,540 13

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/06/24 78 $5,634   2 $2,817   $13,708 5
2011/07/01 83 $2,124 -62% 2 $1,062   $22,129 12
2011/07/08 96 $1,323 -38% 2 $662   $25,546 19
2011/07/15 70 $6,928 +424% 5 $1,386   $34,006 26
2011/07/22 68 $6,272 -9% 5 $1,254   $45,101 33
2011/07/29 93 $1,349 -78% 3 $450   $53,010 40
2011/08/05 101 $1,627 +21% 4 $407   $55,731 47
2011/08/12 92 $2,852 +75% 2 $1,426   $58,957 54
2011/08/19 116 $800 -72% 2 $400   $61,153 61

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/06/24 76 $11,931   2 $5,966   $20,005 9
2011/07/01 84 $4,218 -65% 2 $2,109   $24,223 16
2011/07/08 99 $2,855 -32% 2 $1,428   $27,078 23
2011/07/15 66 $11,751 +312% 5 $2,350   $38,829 30
2011/07/22 63 $12,832 +9% 5 $2,566   $51,661 37
2011/07/29 96 $2,443 -81% 3 $814   $54,104 44
2011/08/05 111 $2,001 -18% 4 $500   $56,105 51
2011/08/12 92 $4,248 +112% 2 $2,124   $60,353 58
2011/08/19 115 $1,441 -66% 2 $721   $61,794 65

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