Moore Film Coming to Dartmouth

Film about heavy-handed documentarian to be screened.

From: Minority Films
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 18:45:52 -0700
Subject: PRESS RELEASE: This Divided State



Orem, Utah___Minority Films and the Center for American Progress proudly announced this week the national college tour of the controversial new documentary film, This Divided State.

Steven Greenstreet, director and producer of This Divided State, has been invited by the Center for American Progress and its sub-division Campus Progress to screen the film at 22 colleges around the nation including Harvard, Yale, NYU, and USC.

This Divided State follows the explosion of community protest surrounding Michael Moore’s visit to Utah Valley State College (UVSC) in October 2004. Though UVSC is located in one of the strongest Republican strongholds in the United States, vehement opposition to liberal filmmaker Michael Moore’s visit was much greater than anticipated. Death threats, hate mail, bribes, and lawsuits were all candidly captured on film. Equally surprising, however, was the overwhelming “uprising” of students in support of Michael Moore. Additionally, since the controversy took place in Utah, a heated religious debate broke out as to whether Mormons can profess to be liberal without betraying their religion.

The national tour will begin in Washington D.C. on March 23rd 2005 at the E Street Theater and then will move throughout the nation during the following 5 weeks. The screenings (except the D.C. premiere) all take place on college campuses and are free of charge.

Michael Moore has been invited to attend the D.C. premiere.

For more info on This Divided State, the tour, or to RSVP for a screening visit: or

CONTACT INFO: Steven Greenstreet, Producer, 801-830-5145
Michelle Pate, Manager, 801-856-2010

It will be shown in Hanover on April 6.

Moore’s a bad filmmaker not because he opposes Bush, but because he refuses to develop sufficiently his ideas onscreen. Suggestion, spectacle, red herrings and cheap shots every which way take the place of argumentation. Suggestion is fine in film (actually very appropriate), but when he grapples with such specific issues, he can’t afford to cast off nuance and powers of observation that documentaries can provide. Because the essence of his most recent film is political (it’s geared to topple Bush), which is different from a film reflecting on political events, he can’t present an incoherent aura of feelings as his evidence. Wolfowitz uses saliva as his Brylcream? Is he implying that Wolfowitz is corrupt or disgusting or narcissistic or stupid? It’s unclear. He’s not brave enough to connect video images to such concrete interpretations. Don’t take it from a conservative, though. Christopher Hitchens and Jean-Luc Godard (a former (?) Trotskyist and a continental radical, respectively) also have critiqued his films, particularly Fahrenheit 9/11.