Protester T.J. Watt

Hartwick Screens Film on Radical Environmentalists

March 28, 2012

On Wednesday, April 11, Hartwick College will present a screening of "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front." The screening will be held at 7 p.m. in Anderson Theatre in the Anderson Center for the Arts on the Hartwick College campus.  This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Please note, this film contains material that may be inappropriate for children.

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." For years, the ELF, operating in separate anonymous cells without any central leadership, had launched spectacular arsons against dozens of businesses they accused of destroying the environment: timber companies, SUV dealerships, wild horse slaughterhouses, and a $12 million ski lodge at Vail, Colorado.

With the arrest of Daniel and 13 others, the government had cracked what was probably the largest ELF cell in America and brought down the group responsible for the very first ELF arsons in this country. "If a Tree Falls" tells the remarkable story of the rise and fall of this ELF cell, by focusing on the transformation and radicalization of one of its members. And along the way it asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism.

The film will be introduced by Dr. Sara Rinfret, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Hartwick College.

This event is sponsored by the Hartwick College 2011-2012 Human Question Campus Theme. For more information, contact Dan Morse, Coordinator of Sustainability Programs for the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, at or 607-431-4666.

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Contact: Christopher Lott
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