Left Coast Rebel Exclusive Q&A: Director Mike Wilson of Michael Moore Hates America

by the Left Coast Rebel

Recently I just happened to come across a brilliant conservative documentary titled Michael Moore Hates America via Netflix on the family Wii console. Filmed in 2004 but still highly relevant, the movie was charming, interesting, funny and best of all - entertaining. The flick didn't brow beat it's particular angle on iconic leftist Michael Moore (that in my opinion should have been higher up on RWN's 'worst figures' in American history). Things are more or less laid things out in a fair way - despite the title.

After viewing Michael Moore Hates America (and loving it), I put on my Google-search-cap and hunted down director Mike Wilson's contact information. I wanted to fire him off an atta-boy and a quick request for an interview. Proving that sometimes all you have to do is ask - Mr. Wilson quickly responded and accepted my invitation for a Q&A. The following may be best viewed after viewing the movie.

Director Mike Wilson on Michale Moore Hates America:

LCR - Were you surprised by just how hostile Moore was when you requested a meeting with him at the college speaking event?

Not really. I knew he was aware of us, and wasn't happy about what we were doing. I guess the only thing that really surprised me, and it was my first experience with his inability to take any sort of criticism, was how forceful and angry he became about it.

LCR - Also, how avoidant was he of you from then on?

Very. You see the scene in the film where he told the Hollywood Reporter that we were actually not making a film, and trying to scam people. I was near his lakeside mansion with one of the people from Bowling for Columbine at the time. The calls we made to his production company that you hear in the film made it pretty clear that he'd had conversations with people about how to dodge us.

2. Conservative Generation - Were the flowers sent to Michael Moore intended to be a covert operation to follow the receiver of the flowers back to Michael Moore's secret hideout?

To be honest, I wish we'd been that sneaky. I was just having some fun in our little cat and mouse game. When we tried to find Dog Eat Dog Films, we ended up at the Mailboxes, Etc where they received mail and there just happened to be a florist next door. So I thought it would be fun to congratulate him for winning the weekend box office... I heard that he personally received the flowers. It was just me having fun.

3. Conservative Generation - Were there footage/interviews conducted that didn't make the film?

Sure, there are always things that don't make the cut. There were some extras on the original DVD release where we interviewed some former Marines in Central Park about the war in Iraq. It just didn't fit with the narrative of the film and really distracted people we showed it to because it got them thinking about the war and whether it's right or wrong, rather than the story we were telling, which is more about honesty in the discourse we have as a nation.

4. Conservative Generation - Did they ever bust the guy that broke the sandwich maker's door window?

It was a woman, and yes, you see the police talking with her. We sent them a copy of the footage, since we caught the whole thing on tape. It's weird, but I've found that if you show up with a camera, strange shit always happens.

5. Conservative Generation - Is Andrew Breitbart as cool in person as he seems in real life? Have you had any contact with him after Michael Moore Hates America?

Andrew's a very good friend of mine. He's a fantastic guy and he has a sole focus and mission in life like few other people I've ever met. Sometimes I worry he's too over-the-top or is being provocative for provocative's sake, but I know he knows what he's doing. It's actually the same thing we were doing with MMHA, which is to show that the left controls the narrative in the media and that it often lies to keep its narrative moving. He's just taking on a wider swath... meaning ALL OF MAINSTREAM MEDIA! He's a bold guy, and someone I trust a great deal.

Director Mike Wilson answers a few personal questions:

1. LCR - What advice can you give to conservatives/libertarians that are trying to either 'break into' or make their mark in liberal-dominated industries like the film industry?

Just make a really good film. I've seen lots of "conservative" films and they usually suck, because the creators are putting their ideology out front and sacrificing entertainment. I think it's more important to make sure people get their $9.50 worth at the theater by entertaining them. If they come out with something important on their minds, that's just gravy.

2. LCR - Have you worked on films other than Michael Moore Hates America? Anything coming up that you would like to mention?

There's a slew of things we've done in the last few years. Nothing has been released yet, but I have a feeling some of it will see the light of day soon. I've also been doing a lot of political consulting. I did a bunch of work with Chuck DeVore in the US Senate primary in California, which we lost, sadly. But here in Minnesota, I'm making a dent and trying to do political video in a way that's different and more entertaining than it has been in the past. I tried to run away from being the "anti-Moore" for a while, but I'm so passionate about politics. I just decided to combine the things I love most.

3. LCR - What are your thoughts on the Tea Party Movement?

I'm part of it. I hope it stays informal. The problem is that when you have big groups of people, someone will try to control and marshal them... and usually try to make money from them. So you've seen all these "organizations" pop up, and it really f*cks the whole thing up. It's slimy to me to try to control these people. I like the approach FreedomWorks takes, where they're not trying to control the message or the group, but they do a lot of work to make it possible for these individuals to make their voices heard. It's good to see people getting fired up and studying the Constitution again. It's so important. I just hope people keep it up... not just through 2012, because to me, it's not about winning elections, but forever, because if people are knowledgeable about our founding and what this nation is defined as (by the documents that clearly lay out what it's supposed to be), we'll find our way back to liberty.

(Editor's Note: Special thanks go to Mike Wilson for taking the time to answer a few questions. We look forward to his new projects and be sure to check out Michael Moore Hates America via your local Blockbuster of Netflix account and purchase it here at Amazon.)


  1. Awesome. No I want to see the movie!

  2. Just one question; Is this documentary only available at Blockbuster and Netflix or is it more widely distributed?

  3. The Amazon link ishere. I imagine at most places that sell a good variety of dvds too.

  4. Michael Moore is on the list at Hawkins. Moore placed 19th.

    Great interviews.

  5. Great post! Thanks for cross posting to RN USA. Now I shall have to see the movie.

  6. Great interview. You kept the questions short and simple and let Mr. Wilson do the talking. I appreciate your general neutrality as an interviewer. There are some really big media talking heads that could learn a thing or two from this post and how the interview was about the interviewee instead of the interviewer.

    Question 1 was my favorite because of the answer. There are so many liberals pushing their agenda into filmmaking now and people like me are sick of it. The message of Libertarianism/Reagan conservatism is that of individual success. You can simply tell a good story about someone that is successful while not including the government in the storyline at all and you are basically getting your viewpoint across. As "pro-liberty" supporters, we don't have to bury our agenda into the background of anything like socialists/statists do. Unfortunately, some conservatives are now making films with the only goal of promoting their agenda rather than telling a good story which no different than what NBC is doing. Our agenda is keeping the Government out of our lives so a "pro-liberty" filmmaker could simply tell a good story where the government doesn't interfere with someone's success.
    Another route would be doing a story that mirrors apocalyptic movies like Logan's Run or Minority Report where the main character is fleeing a repressive government but add in a free country that those fleeing tyranny want to escape to then make that character successful once free.
    There is always the option of telling the story of the first Libertarian Presidency and what the results would be (like abolishing the IRS, fixing the borders, true racial peace, making healthcare affordable, etc. The point is the story line has to be good, and believable, the film needs to be well produced with good believable characters(not necessarily expensive anymore) and people will watch.

  7. Thanks, Andrew. You are totally right on liberal movies/documentaries.

    And I agree on a good libertarian film - let's start the process!


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