- Category : Film - Director
- Type : PSP
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Small (7,20)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Unexpected 1
Michael Francis Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an Academy Award-winning American film director, producer, author and political activist known for his outspoken, critical views on globalization, large corporations, gun violence, the Iraq War, U.S. President George W. Bush, and various other domestic and international policies of the United States and its allies.
Moore was born in Flint, Michigan to Veronica, a secretary, and Frank Moore, an automotive assembly-line worker. He grew up in the city of Davison. At the time, the neighboring city of Flint was home to many General Motors factories, where his parents and grandfather worked. His uncle was one of the founders of the United Automobile Workers labor union and participated in the famous Flint Sit-Down Strike. Moore has described his parents as "Irish Catholic democrats, basic liberal good people". His mother died recently but his entire family still resides in Davison.
Moore was brought up Roman Catholic. He attended St. John's Elementary School for primary school (Stupid White Men, Page 95) and a Diocesan seminary at age 14. He then attended Davison High School, where he was active in both drama and debate, graduating in 1972. That same year, he ran for and won a seat on the Davison school board on a platform based on firing the high school's principal, John B McKenna, and vice principal, Kanje Cohen. By the end of his term both had resigned.
Moore is also an Eagle Scout, an achievement of which he is still very proud. For his Eagle Project, he filmed a documentary pointing out various safety hazards in his community.
After dropping out of the University of Michigan-Flint (where he wrote for the student newspaper The Michigan Times) and working for a day at the General Motors plant, at 22 he founded the alternative weekly magazine The Flint Voice, which soon changed its name to The Michigan Voice as it expanded to cover the entire state, which Moore later regretted. In 1986, when Moore became the editor of Mother Jones, a liberal political magazine, he moved to California and The Michigan Voice was shut down. Moore stayed at the magazine for only a short while, before working for Ralph Nader.
In 2003, the Star-Ledger printed an opinion piece by Paul Mulshine that claimed to know the terms of Moore's exit from Mother Jones Mulshine quoted Paul Berman, who stated that Moore had been fired following a series of clashes with people on the magazine's staff, including a dispute over Moore's refusal to publish an article by Berman that was critical of the Sandinistas' human rights record. Before Moore's arrival, the magazine had commissioned the article. Moore later sued Mother Jones for wrongful dismissal, seeking $2 million. He finally accepted a settlement of $58,000 — the amount of anticipated trial costs — from the magazine's insurance company. Some of this money provided partial funding for his first film project, Roger and Me.
Moore has been married to producer Kathleen Glynn (born April 10, 1958 in Flint) since 1990. They now live in New York City and spend quite a bit of time in Traverse City, where Moore founded the Traverse City Film Festival. Natalie (born 1981) is Michael's stepdaughter. He has no other children.
He has also dabbled in acting, following a 2000 supporting role in Lucky Numbers as the cousin of Lisa Kudrow's character, who agrees to be part of the scheme concocted by John Travolta's character.
Currently Moore leads Michigan's annual Traverse City Film Festival, which is also the location of the State Theater, a classic venue that Moore (as of 2006) has been attempting to purchase. The festival attracts some 70,000 attendees each year. By contrast, the Flint Film Festival, which has snubbed Moore and has selected anti-Moore films for its lineup, has enjoyed much more modest success, attracting about 1,500 attendees.