March 14, 2007

MICHAEL & ME:

Tables turned on Moore (7 Days, 14th March, 2007)

As documentary filmmakers, Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine looked up to Michael Moore. Then the Toronto-based couple tried to do a documentary about him - and ran into the same sort of resistance Moore famously faces in his own films.

The result is 'Manufacturing Dissent', which turns the camera on the confrontational documentarian and examines some of his methods. Among their revelations in the movie, which had its world premiere on Saturday night at the South by Southwest film festival: That Moore did speak with then-General Motors chairman Roger Smith, the evasive subject of his 1989 debut 'Roger & Me', but chose to withhold that footage from the final cut.

The husband-and-wife directors spent more than two years making the movie, which follows Moore on his college tour promoting 2004's 'Fahrenheit 9/11′. The film shows Melnyk repeatedly approaching Moore for an interview and being rejected; members of Moore's team also kick the coup.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 14, 2007 11:43 AM
Comments

The interesting thing is that it's been known since 1989 that Moore either met Smith, and/or couldn't have used any footage of it, because otherwise, he wouldn't have any movie. Yet this awful truth was conveniently forgotten once Moore began to attack all of the left's favorite targets.

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at March 14, 2007 12:13 PM

Their subject is a fraud, and they have up-close, personal experience of that, and yet they still love and admire him and his work. Can't let reality intrude into our fantasy world, can we? No wonder its so easy for the Left to support all the thugs they've loved in the last century.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at March 14, 2007 12:36 PM
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