Welcome to my Facebook chat with all of you. Today Warner Bros. released the 25th anniversary home video edition of ROGER & ME. For the next hour I’m here to answer any questions you may have. First off, apologies to all trying to get the first-ever Blu-ray of my film today. It sold out in about an hour on Amazon. The reg DVD - there’s a few left of those. Ok — time for your questions! Fire away!
Q:Janine Giordano Drake: How do you define working class?
A: Anyone who earns a middle class or lower wage and has little power to do anything about it.
Q: Celeste Hanlin What do you currently drive?
A: 2003 Chrysler van
Q: Brooke Regensburg: What film, that you have made, has made the biggest impact on you and has stuck with you, personally, the longest?
A: Sicko. It was tough watching people die and the only reason was that they were an American and not a Canadian.
Q; Jennifer Neary: Do you ever get burnt out on all of it and just think… screw it, I tried? How do you get past that?
A: About every day. And then I watch the 10am hour of the Today show and realize life is worth living and i should keep making the next movie. (btw, Matt Lauer sucks)
Q: Michelle Watson: My dad (who refuses to Facebook) wants to know: Elizabeth Warren or Hillary Clinton for 2016?
A: Clearly, Senator Warren. Or Bernie Sanders.
Q: What gives you hope?
A: The belief that nobody gives a rat’s ass about the first two hours of the Today Show.
Q: Adam Barnard: Would you join my family for dinner? My wife makes a mean lasagna.
A: Yes! When?
Q: Michelle Langlois; Working class is people who do not own the means of production for the work that they do.
A: That, too.
Q: Maureen Lamb Bastean: Do you really think repubs will take senate and retain house? Do you think dems will hold White House?
A: The Republican Party is sooooo over. Could the Dems lose to a “dead” party? Really? Whoa.
Q: Madrone Jack: Hello Michael, thanks for continuing to be a truth teller. You rock. I want to know how are you? How are you doing in life?
A: Thanks for asking. I think I’m doing ok. Pretty happy, more so of late. Alone at times. Still feel blessed and privileged to be able to do my work. Take nothing for granted. I liked The Lego Movie.
Q: Amy Chino: What influenced you in your life to do what you do??
A: A few good nuns and priests. A great cousin. Kind parents. Gates Brown. Bruuuuuuuce. John Holt. Edward Said. Preston Sturges. My high school debate partner. Sam Riddle. The Berrigan brothers. Milky, the Clown. English teacher Craig Hardy. Lynn Sharon. Ben Hamper. TW3. Shampoo. The Home Bakery. Major Tom. Woody Allen. Little League baseball. Many others they know who they are.
Q: Mike Fleming: As a young man I used to be a conservative. In 2008 my mother’s health took a turn for the worse and I realized my current party didn’t care about her and I shifted affiliations. Since then I’ve moved further and further left in my views. What do you think it would take to make more conservatives like I used to be see the light and change their views?
A: It happens every day to thousands of conservatives and Republicans who have a heart and a conscience. And it will continue to happen. I have a lot of faith in the goodness of people.
Q; Daniel Beagen: When will see another informative Michael Moore film? I have seen them all and I truly appreciate your ability to always bring truth to light.
A: Yes. i promise! You won’t be disappointed.
Q: Janice Cooper: Are you ever going to come to Canada ? (British Columbia)
A: Where is British Columbia?
Q: Jacqueline Alexander Hopkins: How was your day?
A; Pretty good. Bummed that Amazon ran out of Blu-rays on opening day of the release. Had some oatmeal but it was cold by the time I got to it. Put some clothes in the dryer that were smelling funny. Feeling a bit of a shooting pain in my left arm but i think i just sat on it wrong.
Q: Jacki Smith: How many fingers am I holding up?
A: None. You’re eating Chinese with a spoon.
Q: Eternity Carousel: Does the gop 2009 inaug day vow to sabotage the country rank as a worse act of treason than Benedict Arnold?
A: That is exactly how historians will view it.
Q: Jess Waterhouse: Mr. Moore, if you could wave your hand and change one aspect of American life, what would it be and why?
A: Ignorance and fear. Then i would give everyone a passport (80% of us don’t have one) and a free trip to anywhere on the globe so as to understand the people our leaders are always wanting us to kill. When they get back home, they get free HBO for life.
Q: Joshua Eddy: I’m curious where you stand on the recent debate between some notable liberals and their opposing views of Islam? Do you tend to agree more with Sam Harris and Ali A. Rizvi or Reza Aslan and Affleck (I added Batman for grins).
A: All *organized* religion is disgusting, distasteful and an affront to God. That point is getting lost.
Q: Linda Heggs: From all the work you have done, what has come as the most surprising?
A: That David Letterman is a kind and caring man, that Roseanne Barr is a joy to work with, and that most of what you’ve heard about the “famous” people isn’t true. The powers that be, while lying to you and manipulating you 24/7, even find the time to lie to you about celebrities who have nothing to do with your daily lives. Weird.
Q: Kenneth Kussmann: Do you think we will ever discover life on earth?
A: Life, yes. Intelligent life? Probably not.
Q; Tasha Iglesias Moody: You gave me a “Hellraiser” scholarship in 2005. Thank you! Would you like an update on all of us! We were so proud to bring you to CSUSM!
A: Yes, please do! Was happy to to give scholarships to students who raised a ruckus at this college!
Q: Ravyn Jazper-Hawke: Give me a book and a movie that you wish every American would read and watch.
A: Book: Walter Mosley’s 12 Steps Toward Political Revelation and the Bible According to Thomas Jefferson.
Movie: “Czech Dream” and the Norwegian film, “Troubled Water”
Q: Frank Smith: Ok, at the risk of you hearing the question for the 5 millionth time, what’s the next movie going to be about?
A: Sorry, if I told you…
But — it will be in color and under 2 hours. The sound will be exceptional and you will be a better human being having watched it. Also — it will not be in 3D but will feature various monsters and Superheroes.
Well, folks, that about does it for tonight. Soooo many great questions. I will try to revisit some of them in the coming weeks. Check out the newly restored ROGER & ME . Come back and visit me here this week as we are going to have a little fun with this re-release. Be good to yourselves and others and I’ll catch you later!