Michael Moore film premiere Tuesday is latest in Oscar-winner’s benefits for KVMR
KNOW & GO
What: Northern California premiere of Michael Moore’s new film “Where To Invade Next,” with Moore live from New York after screening
Where: Del Oro Theatre, 165 Mill St., downtown Grass Valley
When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9
Admission: $20, benefit for KVMR Nevada Theatre Bridge Street Project
Tickets: Available online at sierracinemas.com or at Del Oro box office
There may not be any searchlights, limos, glamorous celebrities or even a red carpet — but a major Northern California movie premiere is coming to downtown Grass Valley Tuesday night.
KVMR 89.5 FM is holding a benefit showing of Oscar-winning director Michael Moore’s new film, “Where To Invade Next,” at 7 p.m. in the Del Oro Theatre.
A longtime supporter of the independent, eclectic Nevada City radio station, Moore himself will be “virtually” there, appearing onscreen live from New York after the film for a talk and question-and-answer session with the audience.
The film — which has played only in New York City, Los Angeles and several festivals — will open nationally on Feb. 12.
In it, Moore humorously brings the American flag to a variety of European countries to examine how they view work, education, health care, sex, equality and other issues to show how different America is from the rest of the world.
Moore first was drawn to KVMR when he was here filming a segment on the county judicial system for his BBC/Bravo series “The Awful Truth” in 1999.
When he came to town in 2002, he appeared at a radio station benefit talk and book signing at the Center for the Arts on a Sunday afternoon, drawing a line that stretched a mile long.
“Michael was here just as the Bush Administration was pushing for a war on Iraq,” recalls KVMR Program Director Steve Baker. “So many peace-minded people wanted to see him and hear a different point of view that he graciously added a second talk that day to accommodate as many folks as we could.”
Next time around, Moore sold out the Veterans Memorial Auditorium for another KVMR benefit talk promoting his book “Dude, Where’s My Country?”, which also resulted in a Los Angeles Times feature on his appeal in such a rural area.
“He’s also been kind with his time during on-air fundraisers and his sister Anne (a Nevada City resident) has been an amazing supporter and friend to us for years as well,” says Baker.
“But both she and I decided Michael had gone too far when he once offered to wash cars in return for donations to the station.”
To Moore himself, who says he’s sometimes listened to the radio station online, it’s simple.
“I’m grateful for what you’re doing,” he said during an on-air pitch onetime. “And I like to help out independent radio stations like you whenever I can.”
Moore’s 2009 film, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” debuted at the Del Oro in, yup, a benefit for KVMR.
And he talked in support of Occupy Grass Valley and direct action movements in 2011 when he was at a benefit talk (KVMR once again) during a tour in support of his “Here Comes Trouble” book of personal stories at the Don Baggett Theater.
That’s where he surprised Baker by memorizing the station’s membership drive phone numbers and reminding the audience to call in a donation.
“He and Anne are responsible for tens of thousands of dollars coming our way through Michael’s appearances, DVD and book donations, even film premieres,” smiles Baker “It continues to be a hoot.”
Always blunt and often controversial, Moore was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time Magazine a few years ago, and both his films “Fahrenheit 9/11” (2004) and “Sicko” (2007), are among the top 10 highest-grossing documentaries.
“Where To Invade Next” — which was on what’s called the “short list” for an Academy Award nomination this year — has already earned its share of critical acclaim.
The New York Times described it as “impassioned…Mr. Moore’s most far-reaching film.”
Variety dubbed it “undeniably sharp and buoyant” — and even the BBC called it “an act of guerrilla humanity.”
Tickets are $20, with all box office receipts going to the KVMR Nevada Theatre Bridge Street Project building collaboration.
Tickets are available online at sierracinemas.com and at the Del Oro Theatre box office.
KVMR’s winter membership drive raised the nonprofit, non-commercial radio station over $55,500 from 485 listener or supporter donations.
Over 18 percent — or 89 — of the gifts were from first-time donors, giving the station its highest percentage of new members since January 2010, six years ago.
SEEING HAWKS IN L.A.
You’ll be hearing Hawks live from Winters on KVMR this Friday night (8 p.m., 89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).
The southern California band I See Hawks in L.A. will bring its roots and Americana music to this month’s edition of “On The Road Live” from the Palms Playhouse in Winters, with KVMR’s Wesley Robertson and Kim Rogers hosting the broadcast
On the Air is a weekly wrap-up of news and oddities about community radio station KVMR (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming), a noncommercial station offering diverse musical programming, independent news and provocative public affairs from about 180 volunteer “citizen-broadcasters.” On-demand listening of shows is now available at archive.kvmr.org Complete program listings are available at kvmr.org
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