Time to update your Best Documentary Feature predictions, kids! Once the only documentarian people on the street could name, Oscar-winner and Palme d’Or victor Michael Moore has finally found a distributor for his latest doc, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT. Moore hasn’t taken home an Oscar in over a decade, since his infamous acceptance speech, though he was eventually invited back for his doc, Sicko. WHERE TO INVADE NEXT explores the current state of the nation in a form that is quintessential Moore: provocative, impassioned, and very funny. The film was a runaway hit with audiences and critics at this month’s Toronto International Film Festival (and currently boasts a rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes). The film’s American premiere is this Friday evening at the New York Film Festival presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
While Best Documentary Feature is often a difficult category to prediction, Moore’s newest film has landed a spot in my predictions. Thoughts?
Check out the films’ website (which hosts a teaser) and the rest of the Press Release, below:
Former RADiUS Founders and Co-Presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego are teaming with Alamo Drafthouse Founder and CEO Tim League to form a new distribution label — and are making Moore’s subversive, crowd-pleasing comedy their very first release.
Moore describes his new distributor as a “cinematic Dream Team, consisting of three of this country’s most beloved film geeks and movie advocates, individuals who are much-admired by the indie filmmaking community. It is clear to me that they want to forge something new for a new century. They decided it was time to rethink the way movies are made, doing it with filmmakers who create their best work in a supportive environment, unfettered by a traditional studio system. I believe that Tom, Jason, and Tim, are poised to revolutionize film distribution by creating an entirely different movie-going experience for the audience.”
Quinn, Janego and League stated: “Together with Michael Moore and his extraordinary new film we hope to remind Americans they have the inalienable right to laugh, especially in an election year. We’re thrilled about our new label and can’t think of a better film or filmmaker to launch with.” The company name and details of the new venture will be revealed at a later date.
Moore’s epic journey will invade American cinemas this December — and will be in hundreds of theaters across the country ahead of the first presidential primary.
What people are saying about the film:
“This movie is amazing. I can’t get it out of my head and I’m telling everyone they must see it. It’s hilarious and hard-hitting. I love listening to Michael Moore’s voice – he’s like the white Morgan Freeman. WHERE TO INVADE NEXT is a must-see.” – Chris Rock
“Moving, rousing, hilarious and wicked. My favorite Michael Moore film.” – Tina Brown
“If a film could run for President, this is the one I’d vote for more than once.” – Eddy Moretti, Co-Founder, VICE
“Received with a raucous reception and standing ovations.” – Brian Truitt, USA TODAY
“Funny and always on topic without going overboard…greeted with eager laughter and frequent applause.” – Deborah Young, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“Moore has always been a guerrilla filmmaker, but in WHERE TO INVADE NEXT, his provocations dig deep below the surface of politics. He has made an act of guerrilla humanity” – Owen Gleiberman, BBC.com
“One of Moore’s funniest films… the conclusion is a powerful one.” – Steve Pond, THE WRAP
WHERE TO INVADE NEXT.
IT’S A COMEDY.