Michael Moore’s documentary, Where to Invade Next, which received a warm reception at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, has landed a distribution deal. And like just about everything else Moore does, it’s an outside-the-box arrangement. Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, who co-founded RADiUS, are partnering with Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League to form a new distribution label — as yet unnamed — which has acquired Moore’s latest film to be their first release.
“It is clear to me that they want to forge something new for a new century,” Moore said, in a statement. “They decided it was time to rethink the way movies are made, doing it with filmmakers who create their best work in a supportive environment, unfettered by a traditional studio system. I believe that Tom, Jason, and Tim, are poised to revolutionize film distribution by creating an entirely different movie-going experience for the audience.”
Where to Invade Next was filmed in relative secrecy, and many expected it to put the American military-industrial complex under the microscope. But instead, the documentary followed Moore as he travelled the globe in search of the American Dream, a dream that seems to be flowering in greater abundance outside the American garden. “Moore has made a film that takes a hard look at America and wonders aloud how we’ve lost our way,” wrote EW’s critic, Chris Nashawaty. “With its slapstick editing and his trademark wiseguy first-person narration, Moore’s film is funny, but it’s also as serious as a heart attack. There’s nothing mock about his outrage; it’s sincere and ultimately hopeful. And when you’re done laughing, Where to Invade Next is a movie that stings.”
The film is expected to open in December, and the new label promises that it will be playing in hundreds of theaters before the first presidential primary of 2016.
“Together with Michael Moore and his extraordinary new film we hope to remind Americans they have the inalienable right to laugh, especially in an election year,” said the new label’s three execs, who Moore referred to as his “cinematic Dream Team.” “We’re thrilled about our new label and can’t think of a better film or filmmaker to launch with.”