'9/11' add-on, 'Soldiers' to air before vote

NEW YORK — The Independent Film Channel has engineered a major salvage job on two documentaries by agreeing to schedule “Fahrenheit 9/11: A Movement in Time” and David O. Russell’s “Soldiers Pay” within the next week.

Michael Moore produced “A Movement in Time” as an add-on to a pay-per-view screening of “Fahrenheit 9/11″ that he had planned to run on Nov. 1, the night before Election Day. The add-on consisted of clips from the movie interspersed with comments from actors, journalists and political experts.

But InDemand, the biggest distributor of pay-per-view movies and specials in the U.S., decided not to go ahead with the special. Moore accused InDemand of caving in to pressure from the Republican Party; others say Sony’s homevideo division, which owns the DVD and cassette rights to the movie, withdrew its permission for Moore to go ahead with the special.

IFC will carry “Movement in Time” at 10 p.m. Friday, displacing the originally scheduled “Dinner for Five.”

On Nov. 1, following a repeat at 8 p.m. of the 1992 docu “War Room,” about the first campaign for president by Bill Clinton, IFL will run “Soldiers Pay,” a 35-minute docu that director Russelloriginally planned to include in the DVD special edition of his 1999 theatrical movie about the Gulf War “Three Kings,” with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg.

But Warner Bros., the distributor of the DVD, scrapped the docu, arguing that it inappropriately took sides during a presidential-election year. “Soldiers Pay” interviews American soldiers, journalists, politicians and psychologists, as well as some of the Iraqi soldiers who served as extras in “Three Kings.”

In a statement, IFC said it was running “Movement in Time” and “Soldiers Pay” right before Nov. 2 in the spirit of “celebrating freedom of speech, debate and expression.”

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