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'If a Tree Falls' opens new free film series at RPL

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"If a Tree Falls' will air Tuesday at 6 p.m.

ROCHESTER - The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, in partnership with the Rochester Public Library, will be premiering an all-new free independent film series at the Rochester Public Library.

This film series is designed to bring people together in a relaxed environment through the love of film. The series features provocative documentaries, comedies, gripping dramas, genre standouts, animation, and more. The first two films on the schedule are If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front and The Apple Pushers.

If A Tree Falls (85 mins) will be shown Tuesday at 6 p.m. and 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 multi-million dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. The film employs McGowan's story to examine larger questions about environmentalism, activism, and terrorism.

The Apple Pushers (73 mins) will be featured Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. and is about micro-entrepreneurs, who hail from Ecuador, Russia, Mexico, and Bangladesh, at the heart of a unique urban strategy, the Green Cart Initiative, which seeks to increase the availability of fresh produce in under-served communities, in an effort to combat the obesity epidemic found in so many of America's cities.

The screenings will be held twice monthly in the library's second floor large meeting room. A full schedule can be found on the museum's website. Many more titles will be added in the next few weeks. The screenings are totally free and the public is encouraged to attend. The Rochester Public Library is located at 65 South Main Street in Rochester, NH 03867. Visit www.rochestermfa.org/film for more information.

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