Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, March 12, 2013
How can “Fahrenheit 9/11” director Michael Moore be one of the country’s most prominent advocates for socialism and yet still make his living through the strength of our free market society?
“He’s a guy who has made a lot of money off of a system that he despises and we want to dig deeper to find out – hey, is this fact, is this a song-and-dance routine, or is he really a closeted capitalist and he just doesn’t want anyone to know it,” LaDuke told Red Alert Politics.
LaDuke said that the pair was inspired to shoot the documentary after listening to a speech from the late Andrew Breitbart at an Americans for Prosperity event in Traverse City, Mich. in January 2012. Knowing that Moore was attending an Occupy rally across town that day, Breitbart told the audience that the filmmaker was “his favorite crony capitalist” and that he wanted to give him a hug – hence the origin of the film’s title.
The pair hopes that the video will serve as a tribute to Breitbart, who unexpectedly died just a month after the speech.
“Andrew was such an influence on me,” Malloy told RAP. “He was so good to us, every time we wanted an interview [for FTR radio] he was there. We want to pay tribute to him in a way that we think is a great way to pay tribute to him.”
Right now, LaDuke’s and Malloy’s primary focus is fundraising. Using the crowd funding site Rally the pair have already raise $5,200 for the project. They hope to reach $100,000 in time to start filming in early summer.
LaDuke and Malloy will produce the 70-minute film while fellow FTR radio host Ben Howe will edit it. Appropriately, they plan on using the lighthearted, humorous tone of Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” as a guide for “Hugging Moore.”
“A lot of documentaries are kind of cut-and-dry,” LaDuke said. “Michael Moore kind of broke the mold, though. His politics suck, but if you step back and take a look at what made him the most successful person who ever made a documentary it’s because his films are entertaining.”
“At the end of the day, we hope it is going to be something that if Andrew were still alive he would go ‘Yeah, that’s what I would want to be a part of’,” Malloy added.
Their ultimate goal is to screen the film at the Traverse City Film Festival in early August, which was founded several years ago by Moore.
You can learn more about the documentary or donate to the cause here.