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Wonderland Productions Edits Michael Moore DocumentaryEdits ?Michael Moore?s Fahrenheit 9/11: A Movement In Time? for IFC (January 13, 2005)
Scene from Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11: A Movement in Time
In the documentary, OHara, who served as a field producer on Moores Academy Award-winning ?Bowling for Columbine and ?Fahrenheit 9/11, takes a look at the movement engendered by the latter film. The documentary integrates verité footage of Moore on his Slackers Uprising Tour during the presidential election campaign and his attempt to visit the Republican National Convention, with interviews featuring Richard Gere, Susan Saradon, Tim Robbins, Mary J. Blige, Wyclef Jean, Mario Cuomo and others plus clips from Moores ?Fahrenheit 9/11.
?There was a lot of footage to comb through and just one week to complete the edit, McCullough reports. ?We had to build the story of the movement while preserving the integrity of Moores film clips, which couldnt be tampered with. Working on one of Wonderlands Avids, McCullough culled elements from movie clips, HD interview footage shot by Peter Gordon, and DV verité footage lensed by Jason Pollock. Wonderland editor Malcolm Jamieson cut verité assemblies and handled a lot of the docs editorial prep.
?Through the verité footage we get to view a side of Michael and the growing movement that people dont usually see, says OHara, who previously teamed with McCullough and Jamieson on another documentary, ?Pulp Fiction on the Dime: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Pulp Fiction, which aired on IFC. She also produced Neil Youngs ?Rockin in the Free World, which aired last fall on MTV.
?The biggest challenge for ?Fahrenheit 9/11: A Movement in Time was being fluid with the content, OHara continues. ?When we were editing the documentary we still werent sure if the Pay Per View showing of ?Fahrenheit 9/11 was going to happen or not. So we had to create a structure in the doc to accommodate just a few film clips if the PPV event was going to follow our program, or more clips if the PPV event fell through.
?The structure Bill and I built together was a solid foundation that would withstand last-minute changes necessitated by the network, she says. ?I knew I had to select an editor who would work with me no matter what came down and do whatever it took to finish. Cutting the documentary with Bill was a total collaborative effort.
OHara has had a unique insiders view of the effect ?Fahrenheit 9/11 has had on the nation. ?Crafting this piece with Bill provided me with a new and different perspective on the phenomenon of ?Fahrenheit 9/11, she concludes. ?The film and the movement it gendered are huge.
About Wonderland Productions
Four-time Emmy Award-winner, Bill McCullough launched Wonderland Productions in 1998 as a resource for documentary and broadcast filmmaking. Along with affiliate companies, No Wonder Music and Wonderland Sound, it offers an open-architecture, creative environment with a collaborative approach to production, editing, postproduction, finishing, original music, sound design and audio post services.
For additional information about Wonderland Productions contact Managing Director, Vanessa McCullough at 212-966-9049 or go to www.wonderlandnyc.com.
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