Warner Bros. is releasing the completely restored, newly-remastered 25th anniversary edition of Michael Moore’s, ROGER & ME.
“It’s the first time this has been done for any movie of mine, a full 4K digital restoration from my original 16mm negative. The result is a mind-blowing version that now should live on for, well, for as long as the planet lets us stick around.
In addition to supervising this restoration, I’ve recorded an all new director’s commentary track to go along with it. It’s completely uncensored and straight from the gut. I do not talk about “how I lit” the little bunny rabbit. I do name names and candidly tell you about the unlikely history of a film that should never have gotten made.
ROGER & ME is the movie, as many of you know, that began my career as a filmmaker. It is, shockingly, every bit as relevant today as it was when it came out in 1989. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, it foretold the systematic elimination of the American middle class and, in its wake, the so-called American Dream — the dream that promised if your hard work made your boss rich, you would be rewarded with a few simple comforts like your own home, a college education, affordable medical care, and a nice, long paid vacation.
ROGER & ME, through my telling of the story of GM and my hometown of Flint, warned that the wealthy had other plans for you in the 21st century — the crux of which was “no more sharing of the pie.” A few would still get to be rich, I predicted; the rest of the citizenry would fight over the remaining crumbs when not distracted by inflated fears of foreign threats or scary domestic events like gays marrying or a President who faked his papers at birth.
And what has happened since ROGER & ME? Well, Wall Street’s wealth multiplied three times over — while workers’ wages remained stagnant or decreased, and benefits and pensions became nothing but fond memories of a bygone era.
Twenty-five years ago I saw the beginning of this, and instead of screaming from the mountain top, I made ROGER & ME. It (along with “Do the Right Thing”) was the most acclaimed film of 1989. As one critic wrote, “It has ignited a modern-day documentary movement.” It was the first nonfiction film shown in mainstream multiplexes and shopping mall cinemas — 1,300 of them. This had never happened before with a documentary. ROGER & ME set the all-time box office record for a doc (a record that was later broken by “Bowling for Columbine” and then again by “Fahrenheit 9/11″).
Two years ago, Lincoln Center wanted to have a special night honoring ROGER & ME. They discovered — to their horror and mine — that all the existing prints of my film had been ruined by time and the elements. That set me and Warner Bros. into motion and, after the Library of Congress designated ROGER & ME a “national treasure” last December (which placed it on the federally-mandated list of films that must be preserved), Warner Bros. spent tens of thousands of dollars not just to preserve my film, but also to bring it into the digital era. The results of their restoration are nothing short of stunning.”
When Mercy Sigey was three years old her parents would take her to safari reserves in her native Kenya. Sigey, now 19, told the crowd at the United Nations Social Good Summit on Monday about her plan to fight poaching in Kenya’s animal reserves and around the world.
Moved by Satao’s death, Sigey developed a device that notifies park officials when poachers cross into the reserves.
Along with her classmates, Sigey built a simple sensor that can detect movement in a nine-meter radius. The students received support from the Innovate Kenya program, which is part of Global Minimum, a nonprofit that focuses on youth education and helps students in Africa solve problems in their communities.
By placing Arduinos—small, open-source hardware boards that act as environmental sensors—throughout the park, the group would be able to notify park officials of the presence of poachers and wildfires.
“I’m sure all of you here sitting in this hall would want to see an elephant standing magnificently and not lying down dead on the ground,” said Sigey, who was wearing a shirt decorated with zebras.
SeaWorld is finally putting its mouth where its money is.
On June 5 at La Jolla’s Museum of Contemporary Art, a representative from SeaWorld will take on two prominent critics of the park to “talk through the issue” of keeping killer whales in captivity, according to Voice of San Diego, organizer of the unprecedented event.
“As far as we’ve seen, this will be the first time SeaWorld answers questions and offers its perspective directly to the public,” says VOSD’s website. In the past few years, SeaWorld has dispatched staff members to participate in panel discussions on captivity at a few marine mammal conferences, and company representatives have testified before Congress and a recent California Assembly Committee considering a bill to ban orca display in the state.
Now members of the general public will have an opportunity to grill a company rep as well as two captivity critics: Naomi Rose, marine mammal scientist at the Animal Welfare Institute, and Susan Gray Davis, a former UC San Diego professor who wrote the 1997 book Spectacular Nature: Corporate Culture and the Sea World Experience.
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Using my Dronefly and Gopro Hero 3+, I was able to catch these beautiful whales enjoying the ocean over 3 separate days on the North Shore of Oahu, my favorite being the pod of whales swimming through the wave lineup at Pipeline. While I filmed from land, the whales ranged anywhere from a mile out at sea to close to the shore. A truly awesome experience.
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The man above , Mario (patient last name withheld), is a 54-year-old volunteer who worked with the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands for years. He has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor and had one wish: To say goodbye to the animals he had cared for.
Thanks to a Dutch organization called the Ambulance Wish Foundation, Mario is one of a few lucky people that are granted a final wish when they are terminally ill. The photo, which was shared on the AWF Facebook page Thursday morning, shot to the front page of Reddit only a few hours later. Much like the American organization Make-A-Wish, AWF operates thanks to the kindness of volunteers that work together to bring people’s dreams to fruition.
EMPLOYEES deserve a fair wage!
Like Walmart, many of Target’s employees are underpaid, forced to work part-time schedules and are forced to resort to safety nets like SNAP, housing assistance, Medicaid, and EITC while shareholders reap the benefits of their hard work and Target’s CEO, Gregg Steinhafel, makes almost $14,000 per hour–(that’s $3,000 per hour more than Walmart CEO Mike Duke)
So naturally TARGET, like corporate welfare queen Walmart is TERRIFIED of unions coming into their stores
Now, Target has updated its anti-union training video that every Target team member is forced to watch–and it’s one of the worst things you will ever see.
SEE IT ALL HERE
A little store in a Hollister, Missouri shopping center is offering the basic needs — clothing, hygiene items and baby supplies — at incredible prices. They’re all free.
The shop, called Selfless Blessings, was started by Andrea Berdine after she witnessed a thrift store turning away a man who asked if he could have one of their coats.
“He wasn’t asking for money,” she told KY3 news. “He was cold, and he was wet, and he needed a coat.”
Like many of us, Berdine was compelled to act. “I found him, gave him a coat… (and) told him how sorry we were, couldn’t believe that happened in our community,” she says.
After posting her frustration on Facebook, a new group was born, wanting to do good for those in need.
Now she runs a shop of her own where people throughout the community come to drop off bags of used clothes and household items so Andrea and her volunteers can give them away.
“We have supporters come in and drop a $10.00 donation and leave with nothing but a hug,” Andrea told the Good News Network. “We have others who come in and leave with bags full of food and toiletries and pay nothing, but a thankful hug.”
“A lot of people told me I was crazy, but crazy has turned into a perfect storm of giving,” she added. “There have been trials as far as funding, but it always seems to come out in the wash.”
The Facebook group is open to all at SelflessBlessings.
(WATCH the inspiring video at KY3.com)
DONATE: (Selfless Blessings, Inc. has applied for, but not yet received, 501C3 non-profit status):
- 153 1st Street, Turkey Creek Junction, Hollister, MO. 65672
- Make cash donations through Paypal or credit card at www.selflessblessings.com.
- Anyone wishing to receive a written acknowledgment of your donation will need to ask for the same at the time of the donation.
Everyone needs to see the new documentary BLACKFISH. And if you have kids, have them watch it also.
Country star Trace Adkins has decided not to sing at SeaWorld to
avoid controversy over how the Orlando, Florida, theme park treats its
Adkins joins a long list
of musical acts who have canceled shows that were scheduled as part of
SeaWorld’s “Bands, Blues & BBQ” in February and March.
Protestors and contract-shredding musical acts haven’t been enough to slow the turnstile clicks at SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS).
The controversial operator of marine-life parks revealed on Monday that
it enjoyed a wave of record attendance levels at its three namesake
There have been 70 “accidents” with killer whales in the last 20 years.
This must stop!
Would YOU want to live your life inside a 50ft square box? It’s the same thing.