Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Docs of Michael Moore Disciples

Whether you love him or hate him, agree or disagree with his messages, or have even seen one of his films...you know who Michael Moore is...which is a pretty big deal since documentaries certainly aren't the pop cultural phenom that Kanye West, Tom Cruise, or Kelly Clarkson.

With an Oscar and two nominations Academy Award nominations to his name (Bowling for Columbine and Sicko), Moore has revolutionized a film genre, making it accessible and entertaining in a multi-faceted media world.

In 2005 Moore with others established the Traverse City Film Festival in Traverse City, Michigan. This year four documentaries where shown by those who had previously worked under Moore.

The AP did an excellent right up covering these four films (a few of which I've heard of previously, others I had not).

Of these 4 films, I have to think that there is certainly some entertaining and informative films...as well as a chance for Academy honors, at least in the form of a nomination for one of these films.

Which of these four films would you want to see? Which one do you think has the best shot of going for gold?
  • Bigger, Stronger Faster* - Christopher Bell narrates a story about illegal steroids and drugs, and leaving viewers to evaluate whether it's horrific or in line with the American way.
  • Pray the Devil Back to Hell - A film about visionary Christian and Muslim women in Liberia who bring peace to the civil war African country and elect their first female president.
  • Trouble The Water - A aspiring female rap artists (Kimberly Roberts) and her husband are trapped in New Orleans during hurricane Katrina with a video camera they purchased days earlier.
  • The Youngest Candidate - This film debut chronicles five young (18-20 year old) politicians in different city who run for office and experience various challenges running for election in their city.

1 comment:

Heather said...

The Youngest Candidate sounds most interesting to me. The idealistic nature of the young person meets the dog-eat-dog world of politics.

My husband would be most interested in Bigger, Stronger, Faster, as a previous pro athlete. Though we'd completely be going into that one with the bias that drugs aren't okay if everyone is doing them.