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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.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 11,801-11,900) 11,827 $61,794
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 16,201-16,300) 16,299 $61,794
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 4,501-4,600) 4,565 $61,794

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: June 22nd, 2011 (Limited) by Oscilloscope Pictures
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 90 minutes
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Keywords: Political, Environment, Terrorism, Voiceover/Narration, Biography
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

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Production and Technical Credits

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

The bold credits above the line are the "above-the-line" credits, the other the "below-the-line" credits.

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2011/06/24 78 $5,634   2 $2,817   $13,708 1
2011/07/01 83 $2,124 -62% 2 $1,062   $22,129 2
2011/07/08 97 $1,323 -38% 2 $662   $25,546 3
2011/07/15 70 $6,928 +424% 5 $1,386   $34,006 4
2011/07/22 68 $6,272 -9% 5 $1,254   $45,101 5
2011/07/29 93 $1,349 -78% 3 $450   $53,010 6
2011/08/05 101 $1,627 +21% 4 $407   $55,731 7
2011/08/12 92 $2,852 +75% 2 $1,426   $58,957 8
2011/08/19 116 $800 -72% 2 $400   $61,153 9

Daily Box Office Performance

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

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2011/06/24 76 $11,931   2 $5,966   $20,005 2
2011/07/01 84 $4,218 -65% 2 $2,109   $24,223 3
2011/07/08 99 $2,855 -32% 2 $1,428   $27,078 4
2011/07/15 66 $11,751 +312% 5 $2,350   $38,829 5
2011/07/22 63 $12,832 +9% 5 $2,566   $51,661 6
2011/07/29 96 $2,443 -81% 3 $814   $54,104 7
2011/08/05 111 $2,001 -18% 4 $500   $56,105 8
2011/08/12 92 $4,248 +112% 2 $2,124   $60,353 9
2011/08/19 115 $1,441 -66% 2 $721   $61,794 10

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