Michael Moore Attracts His Own Gadflies

Veritable 'cottage industry' of negative docs on documentarian
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2009 12:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – Michael Moore makes a living speaking truth to power, and an assortment of other filmmakers are lining up to speak truth to him. “There's actually more films made attacking me than films I've made,” he tells the Wall Street Journal. They include Fahrenhype 9/11, Celsius 41.11, Michael & Me, and Me & Michael. The standout is Shooting Michael Moore, and not just because of the title. The filmmaker actually knows Moore.

Kevin Leffler is a registered Democrat, Michigan native, and high school classmate of Moore’s. “I am doing exactly what Mike would do, except I am doing it to him,” he says. Leffler discovered that a Moore foundation once owned stock in the likes of Halliburton, and has interviewed subjects in past Moore docs he says were manipulated. Shooting Michael Moore, conceived in 2004, had a brief run last year, but not before it helped ruined Leffler’s marriage. “It wasn't the only factor, but it played a role.”