Filmmaker Michael Moore has become the people’s favorite documentary maker for his mix of comedy and social activism films that take on the corporations and inequalities in the social system.
Moore was born in Flint, Michigan to a working class family that worked for General Motors. He was politicized and intelligent and wrote for local newspapers and magazines, working his way up to editing the liberal magazine Mother Jones. When he was fired from that magazine he sued for wrongful dismissal and used the out of court settlement for $58,000 to fund his first film, Roger and Me.
Roger and Me (1989) examined the closing of General Motors in Flint and the issues of globalization that drive it. It won an Emmy award and launched Moore’s career and style to film audiences worldwide. He followed this with a satirical feature Canadian Bacon, The Big One (1997), and his breakout success, Bowling For Columbine.
Bowling for Columbine explored guns and gun violence in America using the Columbine school massacre of 1999 as a catalyst. It won an Academy Award in 2002 for Documentary Feature and was, at the time, the highest-grossing mainstream documentary to be released.
Fahrenheit 9/11 followed, looking at the aftermath of the deadly September 11, 201 attacks on America by Osama Bin Laden. It won top honors at the Cannes Film Festival, indeed, was the first documentary to do so since 1956. The film raised over $200 million at the box office.
Moore next examined the American health system in his documentary, Sicko, (2007) and received an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. His latest films include Captain Mike Across America (2007), Slacker Uprising (2008) and Capitalism: A Love Story (2009). He has also written and produced television series including TV Nation (1994), The Awful Truth (1999) and Michael Moore Live (1999).
10%: What Makes a Hero? (Documentary) (executive producer)
2012 Occupy Los Angeles (Documentary) (executive producer)
2009 Capitalism: A Love Story (Documentary)
2007 Slacker Uprising (Documentary)
2007 Sicko (Documentary)
2004 Fahrenheit 9/11 (Documentary)
2003 The Best of R.E.M.: In View 1988-2003 (Video documentary) (video “All the Way to Reno”)
2002 Bowling for Columbine (Documentary)
1999-2000 The Awful Truth (TV Series documentary) (24 episodes)
– Find Clinton a Job (2000)
– Gulf War (2000)
– Store the Homeless (2000)
– Replacement Mike (2000)
– Stop and Frisk Night (2000)
1998 And Justice for All (TV Movie documentary)
1997 TV Nation: Volume Two (Video documentary)
1997 TV Nation: Volume One (Video documentary)
1997 The Big One (Documentary)
1995 Canadian Bacon
1994 TV Nation (TV Series documentary) (1994-1995)
1992 Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint (TV Short documentary)
1989 Roger & Me (Documentary)