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Michael Moore is a lightning rod for controversy. His documentaries, which are among the highest grossing documentaries in box office history, are meant to provoke, to needle, and are all a call to action. With each documentary, Moore tackles a thorny issue, and proves his point by heeding a policy of taking no prisoners. He has exerted a profound influence on the shape that documentaries now take; his are entertaining, witty, and very powerful in the messages they drive home. A self-described populist through and through, Moore’s films exemplify his political activism. Consider for a moment his contributions to our national conversation on labor, when he released Roger And Me, his film about moving auto industry jobs from Flint, Michigan to Mexico. We have Michael Moore to thank for bringing the issue of child labor at our favorite apparel labels to our attention, with his film, The Big One. Bowling For Columbine, when released, earned the highest grosses in history for a documentary, and that film explored our country’s gun fixation. It also won an Academy Award® for Best Documentary. Bowling for Columbine’s massive popularity was only eclipsed by another Moore film, Fahrenheit 9/11, which attacked the relationship between the Bush family and the family of Osama Bin Laden. Moore’s evaluation of our country’s health care delivery, Sicko, was not without controversy, and we think that’s what Michael Moore wants—controversy does, after all, start the conversation. Sicko also garnered a Best Documentary Academy Award® nomination.
Michael Moore also writes books. His new book, Here Comes Trouble: Stories From My Life, is a collection of vignettes that define his activism, his background, and what made him who he is. There are hilarious moments, as he affectionately describes some Midwestern attributes. This is no standard memoir; his collection of vignettes shares strange and poignant moments with Presidents and Senators, and irreverent takes on priests and others whom he has come across in his professional and personal life.
Anne Thompson is a film critic and journalist who has written on film and on the culture of the entertainment industry for major entertainment dailies and respected magazines. Anne has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Observer, and other newspapers as well. She writes regularly for Indiewire.com.
At the Writers Guild Theater, 135 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. Tickets are $20 each (cash or check only at will call).
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