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Michael Moore to Release Free Film

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Sep. 4 2008, Published 9:22 a.m. ET

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Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore is releasing a film--for free!

Titled Slacker Uprising, the new film is a 97-minute-long look at Moore's 62-city tour during the 2004 election to rally young voters. For three weeks beginning Sept. 23, the film will viewable online as a free download. Fans can sign up to receive the download at slackeruprising.com.

Moore said the decision is one he hopes will encourage people to get off the couch and vote, as well as to show fans his gratitude as he approaches the 20th anniversary of his first film, 1989's Roger & Me.

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"I thought it'd be a nice way to celebrate my 2oth year of doing this," Moore said. "And also help get out the vote for November. I've been thinking about what I want to do to help the election this year."

Moore says he originally considered releasing Slacker Uprising theaterically as Michael Moore's Big Election Year Movie, just as he did with 2004's Fahrenheit 9/11, which was highly critical of President Bush's administration.

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Slacker Uprising will be the first major film to be released in a free, online format. Moore says neither he nor the distributor, Brave New Films, plan to profit from the release. He does however, admit that the film is geared towards Democrats.

"This film, really isn't for anybody other than the choir,'' he says. ''But that's because I believe the choir needs a song to sing every now and then.''

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