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Michael Moore to Get Political Again at Film Society’s “Next Generation of Film” Series

Michael Moore to Get Political Again at Film Society's "Next Generation of Film" Series

Michael Moore to Get Political Again at Film Society’s “Next Generation of Film” Series

by Brian Brooks

A scene from Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1965 film, “The Battle of Algiers,” which will screen in the “Next Generation of Film” series next month at New York’s Walter Reade Theater.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is taking a cue from the election season with this year’s edition of its series, “The Next Generation of Film.” Co-presented with the New York Times, the series will take place at the Walter Reade Theater September 10-12, coinciding with the third anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. The topic in the annual screening-and-discussion program is politics and will feature director Michael Moore as its guest as well as other issue-oriented features and conversations.

Gillo Pontecorvo‘s 1965 film, “The Battle of Algiers” will open the series Friday, September 10th. The film, which was a favorite of the Black Panther Party, and was a vehicle for counterinsurgency efforts around the world, gives a clear portrayal of the apparatus of a terrorist organization. The program will also investigate the film from other points of view, including its appeal as “an impassioned expression of left-wing fervor, and as a realistic portrait of the fight for Algerian independence from France.” Details of the discussion part of this program will be announced later.

French director Jean-Pierre Gorin, who collaborated with Jean-Luc Godard on a series of films including “The Wind from the East” and “Tout va bien,” probes the question of what constitutes political cinema. Gorin will attend the event to discuss his films, including ones made after his move to California. He will also explore the current cinematic and political environment. The discussion will include a screening, to-be-announced, and the conversation will follow between Gorin and the Film Society’s Kent Jones.

On Sunday, September 12th, documentarian Peter Davis, made his Academy Award-winning film “Hearts and Minds” during another period of national polarization, the Vietnam War. He later produced an even more controversial CBS News doc entitled, “The Selling of the Pentagon,” which unleashed an impassioned debate in the U.S. Congress over the First Amendment. Davis will screen “The Selling of the Pentagon,” followed by a discussion of the film and the current state of filmmaking and the relationship of the press to government.

“Fahrenheit 9/11” director Michael Moore, no stranger to the political realm himself, will be the final guest on Sunday, September 12 at Walter Reade.

“Michael Moore is the headlining participant [in the program] at the end,” commented Graham Leggat, communications director for the Society of Lincoln Center in a conversation with indieWIRE yesterday afternoon. “Gorin is a very interesting figure, and his presence is a big plus for people familiar with him.” Leggat said updated information will be available on the Film Society web site and in the New York Times.

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