Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Sequel to Fahrenheit 9/11

CNN announced today that documentary filmmaker Michael Moore plans to release a sequel to Fahrenheit 9/11 in the spring of 2009. The film, which does not yet have a title, reportedly will not focus on the Bush administration, and will instead examine the United States' relationship with the international community. Fahrenheit 9/11 is the highest grossing documentary film of all time.

Moore's decision to release the film after the 2008 presidential election raises an interesting issue with respect to the era of The New Political Documentary. One of the defining features of the 2004 political documentaries was their release before the election, and their apparent goal of altering the outcome of the race. It will be interesting to see if other filmmakers forge ahead this fall with a new class of political documentaries, or if they will follow Moore's lead and concentrate on larger issues that transcend the 2008 election.

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