Tuesday, June 12, 2007

WHERE IS THE NEGATIVE FOR MICHAEL MOORE'S "SICKO"?

www.michaelmoore.com --I'm sure they had copies in France--as Moore stated to reporters at Cannes--but now Michael Moore is saying he's still worried the film will be confiscated by the Bush administration's Treasury Department, and that a copy of the negative is now in Canada. Well sure it is, Lion's Gate are doing the actual distribution, while the Weinstein Company will be doing the promotions. Lion's Gate are a Canadian entertainment company that began as an affordable post-production house in the 1970s.

But Moore says he has not broken any laws because he traveled to Cuba for a "journalistic endeavor." "We brought back 15 minutes of the movie and we're concerned about any possible confiscation efforts," Moore told a news conference in New York. "We took measures a few weeks ago to place a master copy of this film in Canada so if they did take our negative we would have a duplicate negative of this film in Canada." (Reuters, 06.11.2007)

Considering we're now squarely in the digital age, there are likely numerous digital-copies of the film now. It's possible the film was stored on several hard drives, and shipped or flown up with an escort more than a "few weeks ago." It's a wait-and-see as to whether the Treasury Department will seize the film during the distribution process, though it wouldn't be unreasonable for them to tell us what their move will be before June 29th when the film is released nationally. This shouldn't be happening to any filmmaker.

Reuters, 06.11.2007: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070611/wl_canada_nm/canada_moore_col_1