ART - FILM 17, 2003
Michael Moore Film Festival
Lansing’s Shalom Center for Justice and Peace is sponsoring a series of Michael Moore films on Sept. 17-19. The films, “Roger and Me,” “The Big One” and “Bowling for Columbine,” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church at 215 N. Capitol Ave. in Lansing. Every evening, a special greeting from Michael Moore will be played in a short video introduction, created especially for this event.
starts with Moore’s documentary “Roger and Me,” depicting
the desolation of Flint, Mich., after GM pulled 30,000 jobs from the
city in the 1980s. Throughout the film, Flint native Michael Moore attempts
to meet chairman Roger Smith to “talk things over.” The
son of a local automaker, Moore’s journey through Flint brings
him in contact with Ronald Reagan, Miss America, Pat Boone, Bob Eubanks
and evangelist Robert Schuller, who all show up to save the city.
for Columbine” is a 2002 documentary film about the enormous amount
of violence in America. Each year 11,000 people die because of gun violence.
Moore traces in the footsteps of actor Charlton Heston, president of
the National Rifle Association, who was born in Michigan. He also interviews
Michigan-native James Nichols, the brother of the Oklahoma City bombing’s
co-conspirator, Terry Nichols. Before the bombings, Terry Nichols and
Timothy McVeigh spent at least three months on the Nichols’ tofu
farm, where they were suspected of making practice bombs, and where
they trained with the Michigan Militia. In this Oscar-winning documentary,
Moore theorizes that Americans live excessively in fear, and that corporations
capitalize on this by selling security devices and bullets.
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