Michael Moore Releases Surprise ‘TrumpLand’ Documentary

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Liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore will release a surprise documentary about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump with just three weeks remaining until Election Day.

Titled Michael Moore in TrumpLand, the documentary bows Tuesday night at New York City’s IFC Center at 9:30 p.m., with tickets available for free on a first come-first served basis.

Moore announced the surprise project in a message posted to his Twitter account Monday night.

TrumpLand is based on a one-man play the filmmaker attempted to stage at an Ohio theater last month. Moore wrote on Facebook that the theater, the Midland Theater in Newark, had prevented him from performing the play for political reasons.

Moore ultimately performed his show at another Ohio venue.

TrumpLand will screen at the IFC Center in New York and at Los Angeles’ Laemmle 5 theater in Encino beginning Wednesday, October 19, and will also be released on iTunes for purchase. According to the Los Angeles Times, the release plan for the film came together “last-minute,” with Moore finishing the final cut Monday night as the film was being booked into theaters.

Moore has been a vocal critic of Trump throughout the 2016 campaign, though he has repeatedly predicted that the Republican candidate will win the election.

In August, Moore penned an open letter to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, begging her to give her father an “intervention.” Last winter, the director posed outside Trump Tower in Manhattan with a placard reading, “We Are All Muslim.”

Michael Moore in TrumpLand represents the second offering from the documentary filmmaker this year, after his other film, Where to Invade Next, opened in February to the lowest per-theater opening weekend box office of his career. A planned 50-city bus tour to promote the film was cancelled after Moore contracted pneumonia. Invade finished its theatrical run with $3.8 million in box office receipts.

Fahrenheit 9/11 remains Moore’s most commercially successful film. It earned $120 million in the U.S. on its way to $222 million at the global box office in 2004.


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