Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore has unveiled FAHRENHEIT 11/9, an “explosive” new documentary about Donald Trump and the 2016 election that Bob and Harvey Weinstein have just acquired under their Fellowship Adventure Group.
Moore is currently directing the film, which he has kept under wraps for many months. The “11/9” in the title refers to the day Donald Trump was declared President of the United States, at 2:29 a.m. on November 9, 2016.
But months before that infamous night, Moore had already begun ruminating on what could be done to stop the carnage Trump would inflict while president. In June of 2016, Moore famously and publicly predicted that Trump would indeed, sadly, win the White House in November by winning the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. He rang the warning bell, but few would listen. Trump won the presidency by just 77,000 combined votes from those three states.
Fahrenheit 11/9 will be presented with the mix of outrage and mischievous humor that has made Moore the most successful documentary filmmaker in the world. To make this movie, Moore reunited with his acclaimed team from Fahrenheit 9/11 — Oscar-nominated documentary directors/producers Meghan O’Hara, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal.
The filming has been done under a strict cloak of secrecy and is expected to be key in dissolving Trump’s “teflon” shield and, in turn, his presidency.
“No matter what you throw at him, it hasn’t worked,” says Moore. “No matter what is revealed, he remains standing. Facts, reality, brains cannot defeat him. Even when he commits a self-inflicted wound, he gets up the next morning and keeps going and tweeting. That all ends with this movie,” boasted Moore.
The Weinstein brothers previously released Moore’s 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, which went on to become the highest-grossing documentary of all time (taking in more than $200 million worldwide) and one of the most galvanizing and controversial works of recent cinema.
The film’s release helped reduce President Bush’s margin of victory to just one state, Ohio, with just 119,00 votes — the smallest margin of victory for a sitting president in more than 150 years. Fahrenheit 9/11’s subsequent release on home video and television the following year set the stage for the American public’s removal of the Republicans from both houses of Congress in 2006.
Never before had a movie been such a massive organizing tool to rally the American people. By magnifying Bush and Cheney’s motivations behind the invasion of Iraq and the connections between the Bush family, the Saudis and the Bin Ladens, the film exposed the mishandling of the 9/11 attacks and the way that the tragedy was used for political gain.
Because the Weinsteins’ Miramax label was owned by Disney, they were unable to distribute Fahrenheit 9/11, so they created an independent distribution label called The Fellowship Adventure Group that teamed with Lionsgate to release the film.
Now, some 13 years later, the nation finds itself in an even greater crisis, and once again with another president who won the White House after losing the popular vote. This new film promises to be every bit as explosive, and claims to present a storyline unlike any that is currently being told.
TWC’s David Glasser will explore possible distribution scenarios this week in Cannes, where Fahrenheit 9/11 won the Palme D’or in 2004.
“There is no greater part of what we can do right now than to have the power to bring Michael Moore to a mass audience. When we had the opportunity to work with him on Fahrenheit 9/11, we were so persistent that we ultimately had to part ways from Disney and we lost our beloved Miramax, named after our parents, because we believed so strongly in the message. The movie broke all records then, and we plan to do so again. This movie will have one of the most innovative distribution plans ever. Now more than ever, Michael’s appetite for the truth is crucial. We are ecstatic to be a part of this revolution,” the Weinstein brothers said in a joint statement.
There was no release date mentioned in the press release, but stay tuned, as Moore knows that time is of the essence.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief