In an unprecedented move, the latest film from controversial documentarian Michael Moore (Sicko) will be released as a free, high-resolution download for a limited time. Slacker Uprising, a follow-up of sorts to the infamous Fahrenheit 9/11, follows Moore as he went from city to city back in 2004 in an attempt to get young people to vote. It was originally meant to be a theatrical release, but instead will be available on the website BlipTV during three weeks if you’re a North American resident, beginning September 23rd. The DVD will come out October 7th.
“I thought it’d be a nice way to celebrate my 20th year of doing this,” Moore said. “And also help get out the vote for November. I’ve been thinking about what I want to do to help with the election this year.”
One can’t help but wonder what influence, if any, this will have on movie distribution as a whole. As it is though, Michael Moore doesn’t expect to make any profit from Slacker Uprising. To download the movie, you need to live either in the US or in Canada and sign up at the film’s official website.