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Locals applaud ‘Bowling For Columbine’

Immediately after Michael Moore’s showing of “Bowling For Columbine” Saturday at Nevada Theatre in Nevada City, the filmmaker declared the audience was his favorite so far.

From the beginning of the film, audience members laughed, gasped, cried, and applauded loudly.

Tucker Johnson, who graduated from Nevada Union High School in June and is at San Francisco State University, was home for the weekend. He only attended the screening because his friend liked Moore’s books and wanted to see the author.

After the first few scenes of the film, Johnson was absorbed.

“The movie is very entertaining, a very good mix, gets you laughing, then it throws in mutilated corpses to let you know this is serious,” Johnson said. “(Moore) balanced it very well. Makes a point without making you hate the world.”

Patrick Poulson, a local musician and piano tuner who volunteered at the event, said watching the film helped him understand the complexities of violence.

“I think Michael Moore has a very important message to get out,” Poulson said. “It’s a lot of new – and old – information put together in a new way, especially about the culture of fear and the culture of violence and how it produces the kids in Columbine or the snipers in the Washington, D.C., area.”

Nevada City’s Utah Phillips, a folk singer and longtime peace activist, said the film offers hope.

Phillips helps organize Nevada County Peace Center vigils from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Calanan Park in Nevada City.

“As we read the newspaper and watch TV, we can easily get the feeling things are hopeless,” Phillips said. “Somebody like Michael Moore comes to town, and we know it’s not hopeless.”

“Bowling for Columbine” was the first documentary accepted into competition at Cannes Festival since 1956; subsequently, the film won a 55th Anniversary Prize at the 2002 event.

Moore said, the film has had the largest number of sales for a documentary in the last five months in Europe.

Moore said every show sold out on Friday’s opening nigh and New York City.

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