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Another week before ‘Fahrenheit’ opens in Nevada County

Carol Feineman

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore’s award-winning and debate-stirring “Fahrenheit 9/11” opens nationwide today, but the movie will not appear in western Nevada County for more than a week.

The movie will screen at Nevada Theatre’s Film Series July 4 and 5 before moving to Sierra Cinemas July 9.

Named in reference to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, the controversial film examines the actions of President Bush and others in his administration during and after the attacks.

That the film series will bring “Fahrenheit 9/11” to Nevada County on the Fourth of July weekend is coincidental, said Mike Getz, film series coordinator and owner of Sierra Cinemas.

“It so happens, at the time I did my booking six weeks ago, I had a hole for the July 4 weekend for the film series,” said Getz about why the film opens here on what is one of the country’s most patriotic holidays. “At that time six weeks ago, it wasn’t the political football on both sides that it is now.”

The closest theater showing “Fahrenheit 9/11” today is the Century Roseville 14, 1555 Eureka Road, Roseville, which is presenting the documentary on three screens.

After winning the Palme d’Or as best picture last month at the Cannes Film Festival, “Fahrenheit 9/11″ already has made an impact. This year’s Cannes festival was only the second time in the past 48 years that a documentary was selected for the main competition ” the first being Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine” in 2002 ” according to Moore’s Web site, http://www.michaelmoore.com.

“As 36-year residents, we care about this community. The Nevada Theatre Sunday Film Series has always shown the more offbeat movies, the documentaries, the foreign movies, the independent movies,” Getz said.

“So it seems appropriate to show ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ at the Nevada Theatre Sunday series first. We had received many requests asking us to show it. We feel it is our job to show the movies that are coming out. If the movies are controversial, then we are simply giving individuals in our community the opportunity to make up their own minds. We hope people understand this.”

Moore has a personal Nevada County connection ” his sister lives here. The filmmaker/author has appeared at area benefits several times in the past few years and dedicated “Bowling for Columbine” to the late Laura Wilcox, who was killed at the Nevada County mental health offices during a shooting spree by Scott Harlan Thorpe in 2001.

“Fahrenheit 9/11,” is rated R, is 110 minutes long and earned 3 1/2 stars from movie critic Roger Ebert.

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