Michael Moore Releasing Slacker Online
Michael Moore will distribute his next movie, “Slacker Uprising,” online for free.
The film, which played last year’s Toronto Film Festival under the title “Captain Mike Across America,” follows Moore on his 2004 62-city tour of college campuses as he encouraged young voters to elect John Kerry president.
Although the film appeared in Toronto under the Weinstein Co. banner, it now bears the logo of Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films, which is joining with Blip.tv to release it online. The Weinstein Co. returned the domestic rights to Moore but retains foreign rights in the film.
The film will be available for free download in North America for three weeks beginning Sept. 23.
Activist filmmaker Robert Greenwald, whose credits include “Uncovered: The War on Iraq,” said, “Our mission here at Brave New Films is to get out a message of social justice. This year, that means getting people to take a close look at what’s at stake in this incredibly important election. You can find literally no better storyteller in the world for that purpose than Michael Moore.”
“This is being done entirely as a gift to my fans,” Moore said. “The only return any of us are hoping for is the largest turnout of young voters ever at the polls in November. I think ‘Slacker Uprising’ will inspire million to get off the couch and give voting a chance.”
According to Moore, the docu cost about $2 million, but neither he nor Brave will profit from the release, which will be promoted at the website slackeruprising.com. A DVD will be released Oct. 7.
Moore also is working on what he is describing as a sequel to his 2004 documentary, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which Overture Films will distribute domestically in 2009. [thr]
Of course, with the Weinstein’s retaining foreign rights it looks like Kiwi’s will have to pay to see it, be it in theartre or on DVD.