Though Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) keeps himself busy with his CNN documentary series “Morgan Spurlock Inside Man,” he still avidly directs and produces films, such as a documentary about the “Patriot” movement in the United States. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Spurlock has signed on to produce the so-far untitled doc for First Look Media, the financier for the Best Picture-winning film “Spotlight.” The documentary is directed by David Byars, who went inside the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon by Ammon Bundy and a group of armed militants.
“From the first moment I saw the raw footage David captured in Oregon, I knew I had to make this movie,” said Spurlock. “Audiences will be blown away. It’s so timely and beyond powerful.”
The documentary will look at the causes of the movement’s rise, such as governmental distrust, gun loyalty, and a belief in the power of vigilante justice. Through his exclusive access into the Oregon compound during the occupation, Byars captures the story of modern day right-wing extremism and how that connects to the meteoric rise of Donald Trump.
“David Byars captured something truly exceptional in Oregon, a clear-eyed vision of an America we hear a lot about but rarely see up close,” said Adam Pincus, Executive Vice President of programming and content for First Look Media. “He’s managed to make a complicated, controversial story utterly human, and that’s something we’re thrilled to be a part of.”
There’s currently no release date for the film yet.