Whatever you want to say about filmmaker Michael Moore, good or bad, you can’t say that he’s only in it for the money, because he’s decided to offer his latest movie Slacker Uprising as a free download for his fans in the United States and Canada on the movie’s Official Site.
The documentary covers Moore’s tour of the United States during 2004 in between the release of his documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, which set all sorts of box office records, and the 2004 Presidential Election. (You may have already heard, but Moore wasn’t too happy with the results.) The movie played various festivals over the last year, and is released today on DVD, which you can order on Amazon for just $9.95.
Moore gives the reasoning for offering the movie for free on the website using digital distribution methods that have been used by various bands in recent years to great success.:
As you may have heard, I’ve decided to make my new film, “Slacker Uprising,” available for free to everyone in the United States and Canada. It is the first time ever that a major feature-length film is debuting as a free download on the internet — legally. I am doing this for two reasons:
Next year it will be 20 years since my first film, “Roger & Me,” so I’d like to give those of you who’ve supported my work over the years a thank you gift in the form of a brand new movie; and
I hope the release and wide distribution of this new movie will help to bring out millions of young and new voters on November 4th.
As long as you live in the U.S. or Canada, you can sign up and download the movie for yourself at Slacker Uprising right now.