by Aaron Krach
Michael Moore is set to make good on his promise to share the profits from his films with the people of Michigan. The first $100,000 will be given away at a special screening of Moore’s new film, “The Big One” on April 15, at the Showcase East Cinema in Flint, Michigan. Miramax is donating 50% of it’s profit from theatrical, television and video release to various Flint-area charities. Following the acquisition of “The Big One,” in September, $5,000 each was given to the North End Soup Kitchen, the Kids’ Cafe of the Beecher Salvation Army and the Flint Urban League. Nike CEO, Phil Knight, who figures prominently in the film, contributed $20,000 in computers to Beecher Community Schools.
“We at Miramax have been deeply moved by Michael Moore’s commitment to his hometown,” said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of Miramax. “He has set a unique example among filmmakers.”
Moore and Miramax are also offering a one-time, $1,000 scholarship to one student from every high school in Genesee County. Students who are interested in community organizing, labor issues, and social justice can apply by sending a one-page letter outlining their goals and needs to: Michael Moore Scholarships, PO Box 978, Flint, MI 48501. The deadline is March 25.