Director tells filmmakers to support U.S. president

Director Michael Moore issued a rallying call to filmmakers to support U.S. President Obama while in Venice to tubthump his documentary “Capitalism: A Love Story.”

The call to action came as Moore disclosed he was working with fellow doc filmmakers to ensure their projects received better domestic distribution.

“I have some ideas I’d like to enact with other documentary filmmakers to create a better situation for distribution and exhibition,” Moore told Daily Variety. “My first focus will always be as a filmmaker, but I’ve been privileged to walk through this door and I want to keep the door open and help as many people through it as possible.”

Moore is hoping to announce further details about the initiative by the end of the year. At a Q&A session Saturday with Variety VP and editorial director Peter Bart, Moore expressed surprise that more people weren’t flocking to docs, pointing to the popularity of non-fiction books and reality TV.

He also called on filmmakers to help Obama with his progressive social agenda, saying Hollywood played a role in President Franklin Roosevelt’s economic reconstruction of America in the 1930s via the films of Preston Sturges and Frank Capra, and writers like John Steinbeck.

“I think we’re starting to see that with films like Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Informant!’ and Jason Reitman’s ‘Up in the Air.’ People like myself, George Clooney and Soderbergh need to create art that is of these times,” Moore said.

“Capitalism: A Love Story,” a condemnation of Wall Street excess and financial greed, world preemed in competition.

Moore also announced that his next project may be fiction.

“I’m for making any type of film that tells a great story and moves people profoundly. That can happen through non-fiction and fiction,” he said. “I am seriously considering some ideas that would be fiction, so to speak, but based on real situations.”

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