Michael Moore: "I Don't Like to Ghettoize Documentary Filmmaking From Filmmaking"
"The strangest encounters with me and all my films have been how many times I've discovered how wrong I was while I was making a film."
Michael Moore begins his film Where to Invade Next with the fantasy of having had an hour to sit down with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "If they would actually see me, I would go and talk to them, but it begins with essentially something that is true, which is my fantasy. If I could have an hour with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I actu838627ally do have a few things I'd like to share with them, so I begin the film with that truth, with that essential fantasy."
Arguing that his fantasy is a truth is part of the larger discussion held at the Documentary Roundtable, that by no means were these filmmakers trying to spew a list of facts in their work, they were focused on telling a story, which is what Moore continues to do in his latest film. "I don't like the word documentarian. We make movies. We'd like people to see us just as filmmakers."
But creating documentary films provides a unique process of exploration for the filmmaker, with Moore admitting, “the strangest encounters with me and all my films have been how many times I’ve discovered how wrong I was while I was making a film."
The full Documentary Roundtable will air on Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m. ET on Sundance TV. Tune in for the season premiere (the Producer Roundtable) on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. ET.
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