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Inside Move: Documaker on the hot seat

Entrepreneur provides finishing funds for 'Moore' rough cut

Thanks to Michael Wilson and Brian Cartmell, Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” may get a little hotter.

For the past 14 months, the Minneapolis-based Wilson has devoted himself to making his own documentary, “Michael Moore Hates America.”

And now, thanks to finishing funds from Seattle-based entrepreneur Cartmell (former president of online porn giant Internet Entertainment Group), a rough cut should be available for distribs at about the same time that Moore’s film hits U.S. theaters.

At the same time, Wilson is negotiations on a publishing deal with Random House.

Wilson, 28, told Daily Variety that his pic’s incendiary title “is not a thesis.” Instead, it’s meant to be a satirical comment on what he calls “the shrillness that has engulfed the American conversation.”

“Michael Moore is one of those guys who injected that shrillness,” Wilson said. Among other culprits, Wilson said, are Air America pundit Al Franken and “Treason” author Ann Coulter.

“I was interested in pointing out how a documentary filmmaker can influence the information they give you,” Wilson said.

Wilson called “Roger & Me” “pretty powerful,” but of “Bowling for Columbine,” he said, “When you take away all the little nuances you’re not left with much of a film. I thought he did (the kids) a disservice. But what is his level of integrity as a filmmaker? He wraps it in almost a malicious intent.”

Among the public figures that Wilson has interviewed to date are ABC News reporter John Stossel, conservative columnist David Horowitz, magician Penn Jillette, “Michael Moore Is a Big Fat Stupid White Man” author David Hardy (to be published later this month by Moore’s own publisher, Regan Books), “Letters to a Young Conservative” author Dinesh D’Souza, and J.C. Watts, Republican congressman for Oklahoma.

“I need some more people on the left of the spectrum,” said Wilson, who said that he isn’t right- or left-wing, but libertarian. “West Memphis Three” producer Curt Johnson has come aboard as an executive producer on the film, which is produced by Christopher Ohlsen, Carr Hagerman and Wilson

Wilson said he’s faxed, called or emailed Moore “at least 50 times” over the last year, seeking a 45-minute interview. “The only response I got was in person when he started yelling at me.” A representative for Moore would not comment on Wilson’s project.

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