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Friday, June 24, 2011

Cinema Pacific Launches Monthly Filmmaker Dialogues at the Bijou

Cinema Pacific is pleased to announce that on June 23, a monthly series called the Cinema Pacific Filmmaker Dialogues will launch at the Bijou theater in Eugene. 

The first  program will be the Sundance sensation If a Tree Falls, about the  environmental protests that culminated in Daniel McGowan's "ecoterrorist"  conviction in Eugene. The 6:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. showings will be followed by a live Skype discussion with director Marshall Curry, moderated by Cinema  Pacific director Richard Herskowitz.

Film Description: On December 7, 2005, federal agents conducted a nationwide sweep of radical environmentalists involved with the Earth Liberation Front. If a Tree Falls:  A Story of the Earth Liberation Front tells the remarkable story of the rise and fall of the Eugene-based ELF cell, by focusing on the transformation and radicalization of one of its members, Daniel McGowan. Part coming-of-age tale, part cops-and-robbers thriller, the film interweaves a chronicle of McGowan facing life in prison, with a dramatic investigation of the events that led to his involvement with ELF.

Drawing from striking archival footage and intimate interviews with ELF members, and with the prosecutor and detective who were chasing them, If a Tree Falls explores the tumultuous period from 1995 until early 2001 when environmentalists were clashing with timber companies and law enforcement and the word "terrorism" had not yet been altered by 9/11.

If a Tree Falls premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win the Documentary Editing Award. It begins its regular run on June 24. Visit the Bijou film schedule online . Cinema Pacific members receive $2 off admission price.

Upcoming Cinema Pacific Filmmaker Dialogues

     July 14: SAINT MISBEHAVIN' with guest by Skype Wavy Gravy

     August 25: THE BIG UNEASY with guest by Skype Harry Shearer

Cinema Pacific is sponsored by the UO Arts and Administration Program and U  Academic Extension, with support from University Relations.

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