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Michael Moore to pull a Joss Whedon, distribute next film online for free

Filmmaker Michael Moore is giving his next movie, Slacker Uprising, away for free on the internet. The film will be available to stream or download from starting September 23rd. The move is kind of interesting, since Moore's last film, Sicko was leaked online before its theatrical release, and Moore publicly stated he didn't have a problem with the leak.

The difference is that this time, Moore's film will not have a theatrical release. Slacker Uprising, which reportedly cost $2 million to produce, will be available for free for three weeks and will then be distributed on DVD.

This is hardly the first time we've seen artists give content away for free online. Some do it for the free publicity. Others say they do it as a way to thank their fans. In the cases of high profile musicians and TV and film producers like Radiohead, Trent Reznor, Joss Whedon, and Michael Moore, they do it partially because they can afford to do it. But Moore says he simply wants his latest film, which attempts to convince young people to vote (you can probably guess who he'd rather see them vote for), to be seen by as many people as possible.

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