CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 30, 2001
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Moore will be available to meet with members of the media
at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 in the Old Gold Room of the Iowa Memorial Union.)
Downsize This! An Evening with Michael Moore is April 4
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The irreverent Michael Moore, producer of the dark comedy
"Roger and Me," the 1989 film that put the Michigan native on the
entertainment map for his spoof on General Motors plant shutdowns, will
visit the campus as a University of Iowa Lecture Committee guest. Moore will
give a free and public presentation at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 4 in the Main
Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.
Moore, considered in some comedic circles as a guy who is as dangerous as
Mike Wallace of "60 Minutes," but a whole lot funnier, took home
an Emmy Award for his show "TV Nation," a satirical newsmagazine.
Moore recently produced the documentary, "The Big One," which The
New York Times called a "rare mainstream American film about real issues."
With the profits from "Roger and Me," Moore established the Center
for Alternative Media, an organization that supports independent filmmakers
and social action groups. To date, the center has given out $400,000 in grants.
The UI Lecture Committee invites prominent persons from a range of backgrounds,
ideas, and opinions to give guest lectures at the UI to enhance the campus
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored
events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation
in order to participate in this program, please contact the UI Lecture Committee
at (319) 335-3255.