Inspired by Neil Young and Radiohead, the controversial American documentary filmmaker Michael Moore will release his new film online and for free.
The film, Slacker Uprising, follows Moore’s 62-city tour during the 2004 election to rally young voters. It will be available for three weeks as a free download to North American residents, beginning September 23. An official announcement of the film will take place shortly.
Moore said he considered releasing Slacker Uprising theatrically as “Michael Moore’s big election year movie” as he did with 2004’s Fahrenheit 9/11, which was highly critical of President Bush.
Instead, Moore opted for a symbol of gratitude to his fans as he approaches the 20th anniversary of his first film, 1989’s Roger & Me.
“I thought it’d be a nice way to celebrate my 20th 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 with the election this year.”
The 97-minute long Slacker Uprising will be the first major film to be released in such a way. Last December, Jackass 2.5 was streamed online and for free, but that was a collection of leftover material from the filming of Jackass 2.
Companies like ClickStar, which Morgan Freeman co-founded, have made films still in theaters – such as 2006’s 10 Items or Less – digitally available for purchase or rental.