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Manufacturing Dissent
March 12th, 2007 2:12 am

Looks like a couple of “self-proclaimed left-wingers” are taking Michael Moore to task for his crockumentaries.

As documentary filmmakers, Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine looked up to Michael Moore. Then they tried to do a documentary of their own about him _ and ran into the same sort of resistance Moore himself 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 Saturday night at the South by Southwest film festival: That Moore actually 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 over 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 couple out of the audience at one of his speeches, saying they weren’t allowed to be shooting there.

The ironic thing about the making of this documentary is that the producers, “self-proclaimed left-wingers”, said they had to adopt Michael Moore-style tactics to ambush interviewees because many refused to speak to them about Moore… assuming they were right-wingers making an attack piece.

It’s as if those who know Michael Moore best think documentarians would selectively edit interviews to portray something the interviewee never intended… I guess they do know him best.

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