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Michael Moore on the road again

Ryerson theatre was filled to capacity tonight for the premiere of Michael Moore's latest documentary Captain Mike Across America.  The crowd received Moore with the utmost admiration, as reflected by the loud applause when he entered the theatre.

This film shows Moore's journey through 66 American cities just weeks before the 2004 presidential election. The energy throughout the film transfers to the viewer, as you get Moore's sense of urgency in electing a new president; someone who will bring the troops home from Iraq and who will make the necessary changes to make the United States a strong, united nation. His tour was titled the Slacker Uprising Tour 2004, where Moore along with friends and colleagues targeted college campuses to inspire young people to take to the polls.  Ironically, it was with this age group that Kerry acquired the most votes in said election. 

In the film, you see the trials and tribulations of such undertaking.  Moore was sued on several occasions for the tactics he used in this tour.  Somehow, that was not going to stop him.  He continued with the tour and famous friends came to help; for example, while in Seattle, Eddie Veder performed at Moore's visit.  You also get to see other famous activists like REM, Viggo Mortensen and Roseanne Barr take to the stage.  Their messages, strong felt, also voiced Moore's pleas to take a stand and vote.

Throughout the screening, the audience burst into applause and at times even motional reactions.  A woman a few seats from me cried during one of Moore's speeches about the war and the lives lost because of it.  The energy in the theatre was palpable to say the least.  The screening felt like an instant part of Festival lore as Harvey Weinstein was in the audience watching for the first time. This continued to the end, where Moore received a standing ovation for about 2-3 minutes. His reaction was that of the greatest appreciation. He said, "This is way above and beyond what I expected.  Thank you for that very generous response."  Moore said the ovation was even longer than when he showed Bowling for Columbine here.

When asked if he would do this journey again for a future election, Moore simply answered, "I hope I don't have to."  He went on to share how the tour was tiring but also physically dangerous.  On more than one occasion, Moore's life was endangered.  His efforts will not go unnoticed when the film gets a theatrical release.  You can certainly see why his actions are appreciated by many, many people not just in the US but in other countries as well. This film will have you and others in discussion for some time after you see it. 

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