His birth place was the genesis of his life as a documentary filmmaker. Moore grew up in Davison, a suburb of Flint, where he went to and graduated from Davison high school in 1972. From his early years, Moore displayed a streak of the rebel or what some might call defender of the down trodden. Upon graduation Moore "ran for and won a seat" on the Davison school board on the issue of firing the principle and vice principle. By the end of his term both had resigned from their positions2.
Another notable point of interest to be observed in the beginnings of this future Academy Award winner is the fact that he was an Eagle Scout, the highest honor to be achieved by a member of the boy Scouts of America organization. For his Eagle scout project, the young Michael made a documentary about safety hazards and issues around his community3. He we see the birth of the filmmaker and the influences that lead to his future projects concerning the communities we live in.
Moore's choices for his films all relate to his own life in some way or other. As we saw from his early Boy Scout days, community issues were a big part of the work he did and continues to do. According to Wikepidia free encyclopedia information at Answers.com, Moore started an opinion paper called the Flint Voice after dropping out of college. He later changed it to the Michigan Voice. He soon moved on to doing another opinion paper called Mother Jones from which he was fired. He sued over the issue of his firing because he disapproved of an article he thought of as unfair to the Sandinistas of Nicaragua. He won and the money he got went towards his first major documentary, Roger and Me.
In Roger and Me, Moore took on corporate America. Moore was seen as a champion of the underdog, a theme that seems to underscore many of his documentaries. The film like his other documentaries looks at the realities of society as seen by Moore. His narrative, interviews of subjects and his own beliefs create films that captivate the audience whether they agree or disagree with his views.
Michael Moore has taken the American ideal of freedom of speech and translated it to film with his own brand of story-telling. He chooses subjects that are at the heart of the community and which he seems to pick for the debate they will inspire, thus keeping him at the forefront of media attention. In his Academy Award winning documentary, Bowling for Columbine, he took on the National Rifle Association as part of the problem for the tragedy that occurred at Columbine High School in Colorado. In his most controversial documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11, which won a Plame d'Or award at the Cannes film festival, Moore bashes heads with the U.S. government. This is the most prestigious award given at the Cannes Festival and had not been given out to a documentary film since 19564.
The film Fahrenheit 9/11, which has critics on a broad spectrum of debate to its' veracity has captured a world wide audience. The documentary looks at the events that lead to 9/11 and the Bush administrations' handling of intelligence, and