The 97-minute film follows Moore’s 62-city tour during the 2004 election to rally young voters. It will be available for three weeks as a free download to North American residents, beginning September 23.
“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.”
Moore, who has made three of the five top-grossing documentaries of all time (including the #1 grossing doc, “Fahrenheit 9/11”), said he is doing this giveaway for personal reasons. “I realized that in a few months it will be the 20th anniversary of my first film, ‘Roger & Me’,” he said. “I’ve been very blessed and fortunate to have so many people come to my movies over these two decades, I decided the way to say thanks was to make one that the fans can have for free, as a show of my profound appreciation of their support.”
The film will be made available in high resolution through BlipTV, Moore explains. “Anyone who wishes to sign up for the free download in advance may do so as of today by going to the website SlackerUprising.com and ordering it for free,” he adds on his website.
Neither Moore nor Brave New Films nor Blip will make any money from the film, which had a budget of over $2 million. “This is being done entirely as a gift to my fans,” said Moore. “The only return any of us are hoping for is the largest turnout of young voters ever at the polls in November. I think ‘Slacker Uprising’ will inspire million to get off the couch and give voting a chance.”