By Elizabeth Willoughby on
In honor of the 25th year since his documentary “Roger & Me” first played, film maker Michael Moore donated the remaining profits from the film to Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF), which Moore co-founded in 2005.
Nearly one million dollars of the proceeds from the sale of “Roger & Me” have already been granted to filmmakers, artists and media, and this last $250,000 donation, announced at TCFF’s 10th anniversary kickoff last week, is earmarked for something in particular.
“I wanted to do something special,” said Moore, “something big to honor all the good over the years that has resulted from my first film. This donation will be used specifically to address the lack of access across most of the country for people who want to go to a movie theater to see a foreign film or a documentary.”
TCFF posted that the plan is to create a monthly “Mike’s Movie Night” across Canada and the US, where independent American, foreign and documentary films will be beamed to theaters. “[It’s] the way they are meant to be seen,” says Moore, “in a theater, in the dark, up on a big screen, with dozens or hundreds of other moviegoers sharing the experience.” Mike’s Movie Night will be hosted by prominent filmmakers and actors, with a live Q&A at the end of the film.
Aimed at reviving independent cinema, Moore wants to “make it fun to go see at least one great movie every month, no matter where you live.”
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