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Two filmmaking heavy hitters bring high profile docs to TIFF's Special Presentations section, annnounced today. Keep an eye on Doc Blog for further updates.

  Michael Moore, USA  Special Presentation
CAPTAIN MIKE ACROSS AMERICA takes us back to the 2004 election, when the margin of polling difference between candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry could have tipped either way. The film is made in the feisty spirit of independent media at a fraction of the budget of Moore's recent films. It captures Moore's activities as he set out on a campaign trip almost as rigorous and far-reaching as the candidates own, visiting 62 cities in 45 days, and holding large rallies on college campuses. He dubbed it the Slacker Uprising Tour, masterfully riling up audiences as large as fifteen thousand and bringing a star-studded lineup of friends, including  Roseanne Barr, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Earl and Joan Baez.

MAN FROM PLAINS Jonathan Demme, USA Special Presentation
Last year, former President Jimmy Carter dove headfirst into the most controversial topic in international politics, publishing the book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. Following the path of Carter's recent book tour, Academy Award™ winner Jonathan Demme reveals a complex individual who, with the gusto and determination of a youngster, criss-crosses the county to get his message of peace across, even as that message creates a media onslaught in which his credibility and judgement are called into question. Demme delivers an intimate and exhilirating look, unlike any other film made of such a high profile politician.

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