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MICHAEL MOORE JOINING 9/11 VICTIMS IN FIGHT FOR MONEY
February 9 2011
Los Angeles, CA – Whenever a major global event occurs inevitably people begin to personal the experience. Whether it is something as simple as casting opinions about subjects that one knows little about, or somehow personally relating to the incident
through some intermediary, people often try to find ways to personalize those events, make them their own even if they have little or even nothing to do with their lives and their own experiences. Generally, such behaviours rarely go beyond the water cooler but occasionally, very rarely, they bleed into the lives of the people who actually experienced those events.
There is perhaps no event in the history of the United States, or arguably the world, that garnered more of that type of attention than the events of September 11, 2001. While the death toll was far from the worst we have seen even in recent years, the sheer magnitude and audacity of the attacks themselves compelled the world, stunned virtually everyone with a television, and even today almost a decade is a profound experience. That incident also brought about a number of stories, vague personal connections about someone who knew someone who died in those attacks. Such emotional connections made the events tangible and real, connecting millions to the suffering of a few thousand. While many of those outsiders simply
grieved, some took action and few did so more prominently than Michael Moore whose documentary ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ explored in raw depth the events of those days. Now all these years later Moore has a more personal connection to that saga, fighting like so many others who lost loved ones on that day for money owed to him.
“This is the first time Michael Moore has sued anyone in his twenty-year career. That should be some indication about how serious this is,” said Moore’s attorney Larry Stein. “An independent auditor came in and discovered that the Weinsteins had re-routed at least $2.7 million dollars that belonged to Michael Moore from Fahrenheit 9/11... It's very sad it had to come to this. Michael believes the Weinsteins have been a force for good when it comes to championing independent film -- but that does not give them the right to violate a contract and take money that isn't theirs.”
The loss of dollars is being attributed to traditional ‘Hollywood Accounting’ techniqueswhich routinely funnel money through multiple channels until it is lost or forgotten.
“Unfortunately I don’t think this issue is going to be resolved very cleanly. Moore has
made his reputation on being a man of the people, of standing up for the little guy, which is very much what he is doing this time around but because they are talking about millions of dollars it is going to look very bad on him,” said Scrape TV Entertainment analyst Tracey Temple. “However, the money has been earned and it has gone into someone’s pocket so it may as well go into the pocket of the person who actually created the work rather than the pockets of people who are essentially stealing from the coffers. Regardless of the dollar amounts, the principle is the same.”
Moore has already pocketed $19.8 million from the movie which is the highest amount ever earned by a documentary.
“Very similar things happened the families of 9/11 victims, it seems to be a trend, a disease of this event that people seem to think their involvement deserves a greater share than that of the people on the frontlines,” continued Temple. “Moore, perhaps better than anyone else, documented the emotional connection people had to the events of 9/11 and now, in an ironic twist, he is experiencing very much the same thing they suffered. I mean his family wasn’t blown up in a building or anything, but money promised to him for his 9/11 experience was not delivered and that just isn’t right. I’m sure most people’s hearts will go out to him.”
Moore had been negotiating a distribution deal with the Weinstein brothers for his next film, a fat camp expose.
Samantha Dryden, Entertainment Correspondent