Manufacturing Dissent premieres on Bravo!
TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - Manufacturing Dissent, a documentary separating
fact, fiction and legend, tracks Michael Moore on tour during the release of
his explosive Fahrenheit 9/11, while chronicling Moore's transition from
filmmaker to icon of the political left. Following its North American
theatrical release earlier this year, Bravo! premieres the 75-minute
television version of Manufacturing Dissent on November 2 at 8:30pm ET /
5:30pm PT. Produced by POV Productions in association with Bravo!,
Manufacturing Dissent uncovers Michael Moore and poses the question: do the
ends justify the means?
Toronto filmmakers Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine, fans of Moore's films,
spent two years following the reigning king of documentaries intending to take
a candid look at Moore's movie-making tactics, but they also found skeletons
in his closet. Mirroring Moore's own attempts to get an interview with GM's
CEO Roger Smith in 1989's Roger & Me, Melnyk and Caine endeavor to interview
the man who made docs sexy, but are repeatedly thwarted by security refusing
to let them plug into soundboards, publicists removing them from functions and
Moore's sister swatting at their camera. According to Melnyk, "Sometimes it's
not the interview that is important, but the journey to get the interview."
In addition to archival footage of Moore, Manufacturing Dissent features
interviews with Jesse Larner, author of Forgive Us Our Spins: Michael Moore
and the Future of the Left; Ralph Nader, 2004 presidential candidate; and
former friend, Jim Musselman.
Joe Leydon of Variety describes Manufacturing Dissent as "an intelligent,
provocative and, arguably, even necessary examination of the phenomenon of
Michael Moore - the man, his movies and his methods - Manufacturing Dissent is
not an assault by right-wing ideologues but a dissection by two self-described
'progressive liberals,' and has all the more impact for it."
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