Even in short a conversation with documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, things quickly turn to politics. Long before anyone was really acknowledging Bernie Sanders, from a bustling red carpet of the Chicago International film Festival, Michael Moore was predicting Sanders as a force to contend with. In addition, he told me he would like to bend Hillary's ear about just how to run her campaign.
In the most recent episode of The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano on WGN Radio's WGN Plus, I speak with Michael about his newest film, Where To Invade Next, his proof that God exists, junk food and, of course, politics! Where To Invade Next opened nationally December 23.
Michael Francis Moore is an American documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, author, journalist, actor and left-wing political activist. His very first film, the award winning 1989 movie, Roger and Me, documented what happened to Flint, Michigan after General Motors closed its factories and opened new ones in Mexico. Roger and Me established Michael Moore as one of the most influential voices in documentary filmmaking. His 2002 film, Bowling for Columbine, which examined the causes of the Columbine High School massacre, won the Academy Award for Documentary Feature.
Moore was the director and producer of the 2004 film, Fahrenheit 9/11, which took a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush and the War on Terror. According to Wikipedia, Farenheit 911 is the highest-grossing documentary of all time at the American box office. It was also the winner of the Palme d'Or. His 2007 film Sicko, which documented the health care system in the United States, is among the top ten highest-grossing documentaries. Moore released his first free movie on the Internet, Slacker Uprising, in 2008 which documented his personal quest to encourage more Americans to vote in presidential elections.