Filmmaker Moore targeting healthcare
Muckraking filmmaker Michael Moore is hoping folks in Massachusetts can help him with his next movie. Moore’s peeps have sent out an e-mail asking Bay Staters to share their stories about battling the healthcare system. The controversial director, whose last movie, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” focused on the events surrounding Sept. 11, is hard at work on something called “Sicko,” which producers say will “fight for quality healthcare.” Among those who received Moore’s missive was Ann Eldridge Malone at Mission Hill-based Alliance to Defend Health Care. Malone told us yesterday that she managed to find a few people interested in participating in the project. After “Fahrenheit 9/11,” you might recall, Moore was sued by Iraq war veteran Peter Damon of Middleborough, who claims the director misrepresented his stand on the war.
Ann Eldridge-Malone is our own AnnEM. Congratuations on the mention Ann!
This seems like the perfect subject for Michael Moore. I can imagine several of the folks profiled in the book “Uninsured in America” telling their stories to Moore; their stories have just that mix of pain and absurdity that he’s drawn to. And, I would guess that partisan politics will play significantly less of a role in the upcoming film than in Fahrenheit 911 and Bowling for Columbine. In spite of the lawsuit, Moore can be pretty good at letting ordinary people tell their stories; one hopes that he’ll get out of their way as much as possible.