How did two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas wind up arrested on terrorism charges at the 2008 Republican National Convention? Follow the journey of David McKay and Bradley Crowder from political neophytes to accused domestic terrorists with a particular focus on the relationship they develop with a radical activist mentor in the six months leading up to their arrests.
Charismatic, charming, and complex, Sergio Vieira de Mello was the United Nations’ go-to-guy, a man who could descend into the most dangerous places, charm the worst war criminals, and somehow protect the lives of the ordinary people to whom he devoted his life. Yet his virtues could not save him when he was killed by a terrorist bomb in Baghdad in August, 2003.
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:
The remarkable story of the rise and fall of the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America’s ‘number one domestic terrorist threat, ‘ told through the transformation and radicalization of one of its members, Daniel McGowan. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry weaves a chronicle of McGowan facing life in prison with a dramatic investigation of the events that led to his involvement with the ELF.