On today’s episode of our podcast, we’re looking back to 2012 when filmmaker Michael Moore stopped by the Film Society of Lincoln Center for a repertory screening of his feature debut, Roger & Me. That film was an official selection in the 27th New York Film Festival back in 1989, and Moore will be back this year for the U.S. premiere of his latest, Where To Invade Next. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been counting down to this year’s NYFF with archival episodes like this one, which feature some of the stars of this year’s lineup. Subscribe on iTunes so that you never miss an episode, and, if you’re a fan, leave us a review!
Roger & Me is a portrait of the economic crisis faced by Michael Moore’s hometown of Flint, Michigan, after General Motors closed several of the city’s plants. The provocative film became the most commercially successful documentary in American history at the time (later surpassed by Moore’s later work, Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11). After the screening, part of our 50 Years of the New York Film Festival series, Moore joined former Director of Programming Richard Peña to discuss the film’s lasting influence and continuing relevance. We’re thrilled to share the audio from their discussion for this week’s podcast.
This year’s festival continues the tradition of revival screenings and special events, with a 15th anniversary tribute to the Coen Brothers’ roots-musical fantasia, O Brother, Where Art Thou?; screenings of classics from Brian De Palma and Akira Kurosawa; and a celebration of 25 years of The Film Foundation, Martin Scorsese’s film preservation initiative. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for conversations from this year’s festival, but in the meantime, enjoy this conversation between Michael Moore and Richard Peña from 2012.