CATEGORIES Documentary, Independent, SXSW, Celebrities and Controversy, Fandom, DIY/Filmmaking, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, SXSW Film Festival, CinematicalWhether you like or loathe Michael Moore, you have to admit that the man has done a lot for the shape, scope and reception of documentary film. That being said, you can't say as much for his attention to accuracy, and his films have faced a lot of criticism for the his creative liberties and truth-bending antics. It also seems that Mr. Moore is a bit hypocritical about interviews, and he doesn't like it when filmmakers hunt him down as he hunts others. This past Saturday, SXSW screened the world premiere of Manufacturing Dissent, a documentary on Moore that he didn't give his cinematic consent for.
Toronto filmmakers and husband-and-wife team Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine approached Moore a number of times for their documentary, and he pretty much shafted them every time. While the pair are fans of the man, they don't fall short of criticizing him for the doc. One of the film's discoveries is that all of the evasiveness in Roger & Me was a crock -- apparently Moore did talk with Roger Smith, but the footage was cut. All of this came about when the duo realized that their attempts at an interview needed to be taken from a different angle. They began to investigate his filmmaking process, which of course, brought up the questions of his practices. I think Melnyk really describes the man best: "We're a bit disappointed and disillusioned with Michael, but we are still very grateful to him for putting documentaries out there in a major way."