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Funding Nemo
by Lee

I was talking with Mike Wilson the other day and he told me about this.  I’ve been busting a gut wanting to let you guys know, so I’m thrilled that the news is finally out.  This is the most amazing development, I’m just so damn happy for him.

I know I’ve been derelict in my duty to update this page for the last week or so. But a lot has been going on behind the scenes that has needed my full attention. I haven’t been able to share it because it was all still pending. In my last post, I mentioned a big announcement, and I’m able to share it with you now…

In the independent film business, we directors refer to people who share our passion for a project and are able to put a lot of money into it as “angels.” These are typically people who have worked very hard for what they have, and understand the power of film to communicate a message or story that they agree with, or believe should be shared.

About three weeks ago, an “angel” named Brian Cartmell came into our lives. He understood what we are creating, saw the market, and was as passionate about the film as I am. We had a couple of phone conversations, and hit it off instantly. We share similar views, and are absolutely committed to getting this story out by the end of the summer.

Brian and I talked about what we needed to get the film completed and distributed and we discussed how we could make that happen. Today, we signed an agreement that fully finances the remainder of the work to be done on “Michael Moore Hates America” and ensures that it will see the light of day. Our goal is to get the film on screens by August 27, 2004. I want to welcome Brian into the MMHA family, and to thank him for jumping into this craziness with us.

But I also want to take a moment to thank you… the people who came to this website and contributed to our cause. In the last few weeks, with lots of Michael Moore news going on, the support has been overwhelming, both financially and emotionally. Yeah, some jerkoffs still send me hate mail, but most of you understand the contribution we’re trying to make here, and have made the difference in this film’s survival.

Only two months ago, I was pretty depressed and ready to give up. We had no money, I was running out of time, and everything looked grim. But I appealed to you for help, and help you did. We raised money through donations and t-shirt sales to help us weather the storm. We raised this project from near death and started moving forward again. Lee at Moorewatch, Jason at Moorelies, every blogger who mentioned us, every radio person who interviewed me, every reporter who wrote about us and every person who contributed to this vision we have of taking back the American Dream made a difference you’ll never fully know.

We survived a dark time together and now an angel is helping us shine the light on the grim vision of this nation that a certain filmmaker is creating. The next two months will be insane, and so many major things are going on that I can’t tell you about. But I will say this… thank you from the deepest part of my soul. I promise that I will deliver the film you’ve been hoping for. I have to catch a flight to a location shoot, but I’ll be back Sunday… and I’ll let you know how we’re doing. Sit back and relax. It’s going to be a fun ride.

Take care,

Mike Wilson
Director, Michael Moore Hates America

I can see it now, Cannes 2005, when Mike Wilson’s film is given a 30 minute standing ovation by the French.  “Sacre bleu!” they will cry.  “We ‘ad no idea!”

Posted by Lee on 05/28/04 at 06:46 PM (Discuss this in the forums)

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