I’ll have to see this documentary of Michael Moore:
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.
As someone once swayed by “Roger & Me” (in 1989, I was young and idealistic), that last detail seems patently dishonest.