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In 1972, shortly after the ratification of the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (giving 18 year-olds the right to vote) Moore , still in high school, decided to run for school board, "so I could fire the principal." He won, becoming one of the youngest officials ever elected to public office. The principal was "reassigned." At 22, Moore founded and edited for 10 years the Flint Voice (later the Michigan Voice), one of the nation's most respected alternative newspapers.
In 1989, Moore produced and directed the landmark documentary Roger and Me, a political satire about his quest to convince General Motors Chairman Roger B. Smith to visit Flint, Michigan, and witness the devastation wrought by General Motors plant shutdowns. (Moore's uncle participated in the great sit-down strike of 1937, which led to the founding of the United Auto Workers Union). The highest grossing documentary of all time, Roger and Me appeared on more than 100 critics' 10 Best Films of the Year lists - including those of Vincent Canby, Janet Maslin, Caryn James (New York Times), and Gene Siskel (Chicago Tribune). A number of critics - from the New York Post, National Public Radio, and Seattle Times, to name a few - named Roger and Me one of the "Ten Best Films of the Decade." The film also received the following awards - Best Documentary: National Board of Review, New York Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics, and the National Society of Film Critics; Best Film Award: Toronto Film Festival, Vancouver Film Festival, and Chicago Film Festival; and the Audience Award: Berlin Film Festival. The profits from Roger and Me enabled Moore to establish the Center for Alternative Media, a foundation that is dedicated to supporting independent film makers and social action groups. To date, the foundation has dispersed more than $400,000 in grants.
Moore made an epilogue to Roger and Me, titled Pets Or Meat: The Return to Flint, in 1992. "Pets" was screened at the New York, Toronto, and Telluride Film Festivals. He has also appeared on the FOX Special Rock the Vote and participated in the critically-acclaimed documentary, Blood in the Face, about the rise of right-wing citizen militias based in Michigan in the 1980s.
On September 22 1995, Gramercy Pictures released the much-anticipated first fictional feature by Michael Moore, Canadian Bacon, a satire about the United States after the Cold War. Canadian Bacon was an official selection at last year's Cannes Film Festival.
Moore is currently writing the screenplay for his next film and just finished his newest work from Random House titled Downsize This!
With his second successfull season as host, writer, director and executive producer of the critically-acclaimed TV Nation behind him, Moore has been called "as dangerous as Mike Wallace, but a whole lot funnier" (Minneapolis Star Tribune). "Moore's humor is wickedly on-target," writes John J. O'Connor of The New York Times. TV Nation is the ground-breaking satirical news magazine which The Houston Chronicle calls " funnier than 98 percent of the sitcoms on TV today tune in for some genuine howls."
"TV NATION is a mesmerizing bit of biting satire, social commentary and just plain fun. Put a video camera in Michael Moore's hands, give him access to the prime time viewers of a major network and he should be considered armed and dangerous. This is a kamikaze '60 Minutes'! "
- Joshua Mamis, New Haven Advocate