Download Michael Moore's "Slacker Uprising" For Free
Michael Moore has decided to make his new film, "Slacker Uprising," available for free to everyone in the United States and Canada. Just go to slackeruprising.com and sign up! This is the first time ever that a major feature-length film is debuting as a free download on the internet - legally. Moore has stated he is doing this for two reasons:
1. Next year it will be 20 years since his first film, "Roger & Me," so he'd like to give those of you who've supported his work over the years a thank you gift in the form of a brand new movie.
2. He hopes the release and wide distribution of this new movie will help to bring out millions of young and new voters on November 4th.
"Slacker Uprising" takes place in the wake of "Fahrenheit 9/11," during the run-up to the 2004 election, as Moore traveled for 42 days across America, visiting 62 cities in a failed attempt to remove George W. Bush from office. The goal was to help turn out a record number of young voters and others who had never voted before. (That part was a success. Young adults voted in greater numbers than in any election since 18-year-olds were given the right to vote. And the youth vote was the only age group that John Kerry won.)
What Moore encountered during the tour and the filming was both inspiring and frightening, so he figured this might make for a funny and enlightening movie! Each night, thousands would show up to volunteer in the Slacker Army against Bush. This drove local Republicans nuts. In one state they tried to have Moore arrested. At two colleges, rich donors offered to donate more money to the college if they would ban him from campus. Nearly a half-dozen universities kept the Slacker Uprising tour off their campuses. But there was no stopping this movement. By the time they got to Florida, 16,000 people a night were showing up.
It was clear that young people were the ones who were going to save the day - just as they are in this year's election.
You can now sign up to stream, download, or burn a DVD of "Slacker Uprising," free of charge. The distribution is being organized by Robert Greenwald's Brave New Films (they're the great people behind "OUTFOXED: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism" and "WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price").
You have blanket permission to share the movie with your friends, to set up screenings in your communities or theaters, to show it on your campuses - all at no charge. You are encouraged to rally voters with it, to raise funds for your favorite candidates, to air it on your local cable access channels or web broadcasts. You can also click here to request a free DVD of "Slacker Uprising" for your school or university library.
The world premiere of "Slacker Uprising" will take place in one of the great slacker capitals of this country, Ann Arbor, Michigan, this Thursday at 5 p.m. at the historic Michigan Theater. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you are not part of the "downloadable" generation, a low-cost DVD of "Slacker Uprising" will be available at Amazon, Netflix and your local stores in October.
Featuring artists such as Eddie Vedder, Tom Morello, and R.E.M. amongst others, this does have musical as well as political implications.
Michael Moore's "Slacker Uprising" - Trailer