Wednesday, April 25, 2012 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
If a Tree Falls (85 min.) 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 multimillion dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. This documentary directed by Marshall Curry is shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. Marshall Curry has also directed the documentaries Street Fight and Racing Dreams. Check out the trailer for If a Tree Falls below:
We recently added Hot Coffee to the DBRL collection. The film was broadcast on HBO in June and currently has a rating of 88% from audiences at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
Exposes how corporations spent millions on a propaganda campaign to distort Americans’ view of lawsuits, forever changing the civil justice system. From the infamous case of the woman who sued McDonalds over spilled coffee to the saga of the Mississippi Supreme Court Justice deemed ‘not corporate enough’ by business interests, this program tears apart the conventional wisdom about ‘frivolous lawsuits.’
We recently added the Prohibition series to the DBRL collection. The three episode series was originally broadcast on PBS earlier in the month and is the latest series from documentary filmmaker Ken Burns who has done other series such as The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, The War and The National Parks. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
Viewers go beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum runners, flappers, and speakeasies to experience the rise, rule, and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Special features include additional scenes, and interviews.