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Fahrenheit 9/11 could light fire under Bush

Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 is without doubt the most flaming-hot ticket at the Cannes film festival. And with good reason: Moore hopes that it will bring down the US government.

Yesterday he said: "When you see the movie you will see things you have never seen before, you will learn things you have never known before. Half the movie is about Iraq - we were able to get film crews embedded with American troops without them knowing that it was Michael Moore. They are totally fucked."
Fahrenheit 9/11 could light fire under Bush

Charlotte Higgins, arts correspondent
Monday May 17, 2004
The Guardian

Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 is without doubt the most flaming-hot ticket at the Cannes film festival. And with good reason: Moore hopes that it will bring down the US government.

The American film-maker has hitherto kept a tight lid on the contents of the documentary, saying only that it includes evidence of alleged links between the Bush and Bin Laden families. However, in two appearances in Cannes at the weekend before its premiere today, he revealed that the movie contains shocking footage from Iraq.

Yesterday he said: "When you see the movie you will see things you have never seen before, you will learn things you have never known before. Half the movie is about Iraq - we were able to get film crews embedded with American troops without them knowing that it was Michael Moore. They are totally fucked."

On Saturday he said: "The film is only partly to do with the Bin Ladens and Bush. I was able to send three different freelance film crews to Iraq. Soldiers had written to me to express their disillusionment with the war. It's a case of our own troops not being in support of their commander-in-chief."

He said that at the few low-key preview screenings that have already taken place in the midwest "the reactions were overwhelming. People who were on the fence - undecided voters - suddenly weren't on the fence any more."

Moore was unequivocal about his desire to do everything in his power to help oust President George Bush in this November's elections.

"We thought, 'We cannot leave this to the Democrats this time to fuck it up and lose.'" He wants, he said, to "inspire people to get up and vote in November."

There has already been a complicated saga over the distribution of the film. At the start of the month it became clear that Disney, the parent company of Miramax - which made Fahrenheit 9/11 - was refusing to distribute it in the US.

The film currently has distribution, according to Moore, in every other country except Taiwan.

After a baffling series of rumours and counter-rumours last week, it was revealed that Disney was allowing Bob and Harvey Weinstein, who run Miramax, to buy back their interest in the film so they could seek an alternative distributor. After a fortnight, none has yet been found.

The reasons for Disney's refusal, Moore claimed, were purely political, aimed at delaying the film's release and thus preventing Americans from seeing the explosive material it contains before the election.

"The past year we knew that Michael Eisner [CEO of Disney] was not happy about Miramax making the film but they kept on sending the money every month," Moore said on Saturday. "At the end of April they sent an executive to look at the film. They had a board meeting and five days later they decided not to distribute it, because of its political content."

Yesterday he said: "That's the reason for the blocking: so that Americans don't see it before the election."

He added: "I won't let that happen, and neither will Harvey [Weinstein]. People will see this film, by hook or by crook. I will get this out if it means breaking the law or committing an act of civil disobedience."

Eisner has previously denied that there was anything sinister about Disney's decision to block distribution. "We're such a nonpartisan company," he said. "[People] do not look for us to take sides."

The contract between Disney and Miramax states that Disney can refuse to distribute a film in certain cases, for instance if it has an NC-17 rating - the US equivalent of an 18 certificate. Under such circumstances Miramax has in the past found alternative distribution - for Dogma, a 1999 satire on the Catholic church, and Larry Clark's Kids, eventually released in 1995, which shocked many with its frank depiction of sex among teenagers.

Moore is clearly furious with the company. "I have a lot to say about Disney. It is very dangerous to give someone like me a peek behind the curtain. I will tell all as soon as the [distribution] negotiations have ended," he said on Saturday.

The film-maker is also unhappy with the way the controversy has been handled in the media.

"The press have said, 'Isn't it great for the movie?' But the last two times this happened - with Dogma and Kids - you only have to look at the box office to see that the controversy didn't help. No film-maker wants this to happen.

"I don't like the message this sends, which is, 'Don't even think of making a movie like [Fahrenheit 9/11] - it won't get distributed.' This is a chilling effect it will have. Five men and one woman [the Disney board] make a decision about what Americans can see. This is not a sign of an open and healthy society."

Moore's position has not met with universal sympathy. A piece in the Los Angeles Times last week accused his last film, Bowling for Columbine, of being "a torrent of partial truths, pointed omissions and deliberate misimpressions" and called him a "virtuoso of fictions".

But Moore has no plans to shut up shop just yet. He is planning films "on the Israelis and Palestinians, and the oil industry and lack of oil we are going to be faced with".

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The neoclowns already have their willies out 17.May.2004 12:00

exit staged right

And poised to pee out the flames. You didn't think Bush would be doing what he does if he didn't think he could jerk people's heads like puppets and get away with it all?

Some little previews of "october surprise" for us all. Mostly the timing that gives it away, and most coincidence theorists are completely immune to the thought of timing...

Q: How's that abuse scandal going?

A:
Sarin Nerve Agent Bomb Explodes in Iraq
 http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040517/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_sarin
Car bomb kills head of Iraqi Governing Council
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/05/288575.shtml
Berg Beheading Archive, News stories leave more questions
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/05/288476.shtml

Michael Moore pressured not to make 9/11 film 17.May.2004 15:13

By Paul Majendie

Sun 16 May, 2004 20:20

CANNES, France (Reuters) - U.S. filmmaker Michael Moore says there had been pressure from the beginning to stop him making his controversial documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11."

The film focuses on how Americans and the White House responded to the September 11 attacks and traces links between the Bush family and prominent Saudis, including the family of Osama bin Laden.

The documentary, being screened at the Cannes film festival on Monday, has also sparked a war of words over the decision by the Walt Disney to bar its Miramax film unit from releasing it.

Moore said: "From the beginning, this movie -- there's been this pressure -- to try to stop it so it doesn't get made. Now that it's made, to stop it so it doesn't get distributed."

"You will see things in this film that you haven't seen before," Moore promised at a press conference on Sunday hosted by the trade paper Variety.

"You will learn things you have not learned before," he said. "Half of this movie is about Iraq. We have footage because I have been able to sneak crews into Iraq. I was able to get crew embedded with the U.S. military without them knowing it is Michael Moore shooting."

Moore said that after the September 11 attacks the Bush administration "approved private charter flights to fly around the country to pick up the bin Ladens" -- who he said were then allowed to fly to Paris without serious interrogation.

This is Moore's second appearance at the Cannes film festival.

"Bowling for Columbine," his tirade against the gun lobby in the United States, sparked controversy but then won a special prize from the jury. It went on to gross $120 million (68 million pounds) worldwide and was awarded a Hollywood Oscar.

The wrangling over his latest documentary and the allegations he makes in it have already given the film hefty pre-release publicity.

The film's title is a play on words about the September 11 attacks and Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury's science fiction novel about censorship.

Moore said: "I have a horrible feeling this is the last day of the rest of my life just because I screened it a couple of times in the Midwest because I wanted to see how it would play out where I come from.

"The reaction was overwhelming in a way that I didn't ever expect and the people that were on the fence --- independents, undecided voters suddenly weren't on the fence."

"George W. Bush has to be removed from office," he said.


Michael Moore put it on Kaaza 17.May.2004 19:40

download

If Michael Mooe want s peole to see the truth he should put it on Kaaza for free downloads and ask for dinations or start his own distribution channel if he has the rights to it.

Of course the neo-cons could buy the North American distribution rights and can it. That is their other metnhod of censorship.

But putting it on the internet would get his movie seen by an incredible number of people.