Is Michael Moore's Donald Trump Movie Still Out? Its Surprise Release Caught Fans Off-Guard
On Oct. 18, America's favorite controversial filmmaker Michael Moore surprised fans with a Donald Trump movie: Michael Moore in Trumpland. The film is based on Moore's one-man play about Trump, which he performed for just a single night in Ohio in early October. Even more shockingly, Moore revealed that tickets to the film would be free at the IFC Center in New York, and were available on a first come, first serve basis. Fans flocked to the IFC Center and the Laemmle Town Center in Encino, California, to catch the week-long limited theatrical release. But some fans, especially those who aren't based in New York or Los Angeles, are wondering if they can watch the documentary too. While there's no word on nationwide theatrical distribution, Trumpland was made available exclusively on iTunes soon after it released in New York, and is playing only at select theaters around the country.
Although Moore hasn't discussed publicly what, if any, plans he has for a broader theatrical release, Trumpland has select screenings at the State Theater in Traverse City, Michigan, and the Gateway Film Center in Columbus, Ohio, starting Oct. 26 and 27 and is opening on Friday, Oct. 28 at several other theaters around the country. Some of those theaters are in California, while others seem to be placed throughout the heart of "Trumpland" itself. Other showings are happening in Florida, Ohio, Maine, Rhode Island, and Oregon.
Based on reviews of the wildly popular film that seems to be as impossible to get tickets to as Hamilton, Trumpland is way more than the tired surface-level criticisms of Trump that we've all grown used to. Trumpland is, by all accounts, a tale of two presidencies — the hypothetical presidency of Trump, which Moore apparently describes in dystopian terms, and that of Hillary Clinton, for whom Moore, a former Bernie Sanders supporter, seems to be almost campaigning. Rather than take jabs at The Donald, Moore debuted a stand-up routine that sounds like a meditation on "the Trump effect", or the increasing meanness in both the political arena and in the lives and behaviors of his electorate (and their children).
It seems that Trumpland, not unlike the political subjects of the documentary itself, is a departure for Moore, whose status as an agent provocateur might be shifting as he allows himself to be the subject of his own film. It also acts as one of the more surprising leftist endorsements for Clinton — an endorsement that, without Trump, would probably never have happened.