Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore will be celebrating the 25th birthday of his film “Roger & Me,” which premiered at TIFF in 1989 and won the People’s Choice Award, in Toronto at this summer’s installment of the Toronto International Film Festival.
Moore will be a part of the Doc Conference, taking place September 9-10. Filmmaker and special effects expert Douglas Trumbull will also be there. TIFF runs September 4-14 and will showcase more than 300 films from over 60 countries.
“We are excited to announce the participation of these visionary filmmakers in our industry programming,” said Justin Cutler, Director, Industry Office (moviefone). “Our programmes will connect 180 top-calibre speakers with an extensive industry audience of filmmakers from over 80 countries, making this year’s programming a true global film summit. We aim to attract the best and brightest industry professionals to inspire, motivate and transform the way our attendees think about the art and business of content creation.”
Moore added, “The 25th anniversary release of my first movie, ‘Roger & Me,’ is definitely a bittersweet milestone. On the one hand, the film has affected the millions who’ve seen it and it has strongly influenced what is a now-thriving documentary movement. I’m thrilled that a 25th anniversary screening is being held at the Toronto International Film Festival… The fact that ‘Roger & Me’ is as relevant today as it was 25 years ago is a travesty. Actually, it’s more than that. At least in 1989, there were still 50,000 General Motors jobs left in Flint. Today, there are but 4,000 GM jobs that remain in Flint, the birthplace of General Motors.”