FMP: Research – Michael Moore
“I don’t compromise my values and I don’t compromise my work. That’s why I’ve been kicked from one network to the next: I won’t give in.”
Michael Moore is a name that has been popping up time after time in our documentary cluster and after reading his name once again when researching about the documentary modes I decided it was time to delve deeper as he had been mentioned within the performative mode that I associate my film with as well as the poetic mode.
‘Michael Moore is an Academy-Award winning filmmaker and best-selling author. His films ‘Fahrenheit 9/11,’ ‘Capitalism: A Love Story,’ ‘Bowling for Columbine’ and ‘SiCKO’ are among the all-time top ten grossing documentaries.’
“We have got to get more documentaries in the theatres. Distribution in this country sucks.”
Michael Moore is one of the most influential documentary filmmakers and so I will be looking into the films he has made, taking particular notice of ‘Bowling for Columbine’, ‘SiCKO’ and ‘Slacker Uprising’ as these are considered as his performative pieces.
Bowling for Columbine
‘”Bowling for Columbine” is an alternately humorous and horrifying film about the United States. It is a film about the state of the Union, about the violent soul of America. Why do 11,000 people die in America each year at the hands of gun violence? The talking heads yelling from every TV camera blame everything from Satan to video games. But are we that much different from many other countries? What sets us apart? How have we become both the master and victim of such enormous amounts of violence? This is not a film about gun control. It is a film about the fearful heart and soul of the United States, and the 280 million Americans lucky enough to have the right to a constitutionally protected Uzi.’
It is one of the top ten highest-grossing documentaries and also won an Oscar and Academy Award for Documentary Feature.
‘The words “health care” and “comedy” aren’t usually found in the same sentence, but in Academy Award winning filmmaker Michael Moore’s new movie ‘SiCKO,’ they go together hand in (rubber) glove.
While Moore’s ‘SiCKO’ follows the trailblazing path of previous hit films, the Oscar-winning BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE and all-time box-office documentary champ FAHRENHEIT 9/11, it is also something very different for Michael Moore. ‘SiCKO’ is a straight-from-the-heart portrait of the crazy and sometimes cruel U.S. health care system, told from the vantage of everyday people faced with extraordinary and bizarre challenges in their quest for basic health coverage.
In the tradition of Mark Twain or Will Rogers, ‘SiCKO’ uses humour to tell these compelling stories, leading the audience to conclude that an alternative system is the only possible answer.’
This is also posted in the top ten highest-grossing documentaries.
‘One of the most controversial and provocative films of the year, Fahrenheit 9/11 is Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore’s searing examination of the Bush administration’s actions in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11.
With his characteristic humour and dogged commitment to uncovering the facts, Moore considers the presidency of George W. Bush and where it has led us. He looks at how – and why – Bush and his inner circle avoided pursuing the Saudi connection to 9/11, despite the fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis and Saudi money had funded Al Qaeda. Fahrenheit 9/11 shows us a nation kept in constant fear by FBI alerts and lulled into accepting a piece of legislation, the USA Patriot Act, that infringes on basic civil rights. It is in this atmosphere of confusion, suspicion and dread that the Bush Administration makes its headlong rush towards war in Iraq and Fahrenheit 9/11 takes us inside that war to tell the stories we haven’t heard, illustrating the awful human cost to U.S. soldiers and their families.’
Winner of Best Picture at the 2004 Cannes Festival.
Capitalism: A Love Story
‘On the 20-year anniversary of his ground breaking masterpiece “Roger & Me,” Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” comes home to the issue he’s been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans. But this time the culprit is much bigger than General Motors, and the crime scene is far wider than Flint, Michigan.’
‘After 20 years of making ground breaking films and setting box office records — from “Roger & Me” to “Bowling for Columbine” to “Sicko” — Mike has decided to thank you by giving away his newest film, “Slacker Uprising,” for free!’
Unfortunately after trying to find this free online documentary I found that it is only available to residents of U.S and Canada.