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This Divided State (2005)

The film follows Micheal Moore's controversial decision to speak at the Utah Valley State College, where a heated debate between protestors and supporters argue Moore's First Amendment freedom of speech rights.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Anderson Kay Anderson ... Himself
Jim Bassi Jim Bassi ... Himself
Sean Vreeland Sean Vreeland ... Student Petitioner
Michael Nigro Michael Nigro ... Himself
Kenneth F. Brown ... Himself (as Ken Brown)
Joe Vogel Joe Vogel ... Himself
Alex Caldiero Alex Caldiero ... Animated UVSC Professor
Bob Rasmussen Bob Rasmussen ... Asst. VP Student Life
William Sederburg William Sederburg ... UVSC President
Pierre LaMarche Pierre LaMarche ... UVSC Philosophy Professor (as Pierre Lamarche)
Phil Gordon Phil Gordon ... UVSC Communication Chair
Michael Moore ... Himself
Dennis Potter Dennis Potter ... UVSC Philsophy Professor
Sean Hannity ... Himself
Jesse J. Steele Jesse J. Steele ... Sean Hannity's victim (as Jessie Steele)
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Storyline

The film carefully examines the divisive nature of politics in an overwhelmingly conservative mid-western community. In September 2004, the student body representatives of Utah Valley State College invited controversial filmmaker Michael Moore to speak on campus two weeks before the Presidential election. An unanticipated uproar from the students and community ensued. Moore protestors claimed university funds should not pay for Moore's visit, while those in support of Moore fought to defend free speech. A community once considered politically passive was stirred to action, and the conflict played out in the media and several public forums. Those opposed to Moore's visit, in an effort to have the invitation rescinded, resorted to death threats, petitions, law suits, and bribery. Moore supporters, living in the high concentrate of Mormon conservatism, struggled to be heard, to defend new ideas, and to keep plans for his visit on track. Steven Greenstreet, the film's director, tracks the... Written by Michelle Pate

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Death Threats, Bribery, and Family Values.

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Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jaettu maa See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA

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Budget:

$10,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,735, 24 July 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,255
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Minority Films LLC See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Filmmakers edited 76 hours of raw footage down to its final running time of 88 minutes. See more »

Quotes

Alex Caldiero: Is Michael Moore a filmmaker?
UVSC Student: He makes documentaries.
Alex Caldiero: Oh, you think so? And a documentary means what to you?
UVSC Student: It's means an objective view point...
Alex Caldiero: Really? There's no such thing as an objective view point, my friend! Wake up! Wake up!
UVSC Student: There's no such thing as an objective view point?
Alex Caldiero: There's no such thing... I'll say it.
[Turns to camera lens]
Alex Caldiero: . There's no such thing as an objective view point! We all see things through filters! Filters!
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Connections

References Blue Velvet (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

This Land Is Your Land
Written by Woody Guthrie
Performed by The Utah County Swillers and Steven Greenstreet
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This Divided State is great.
6 May 2005 | by max_reboSee all my reviews

You know, I've heard a lot of contentious things said about this movie and its filmmakers. And I think those that make the contentious comments have missed the point of the film. The film illustrates what happens when people stop listening to each other and they quit acting mature. One of my favorite moments in the film is when you realize that almost the entire debate, on both sides, are from people who believe in the exact same things. And they don't even know it because they are all too close-minded to listen to each other for whatever reason.

I think it's humorous and sad that a small group of filmmakers are being angered by some things that came about in production and post-production and are too short-sighted to see that they helped create a fantastic film that has accomplished wonderful things. It's reaching people. I saw it on a tour across the nation. How many filmmakers can say that a film they made was put on tour by an organization as prestigious as the Center for American Progress.

I think it would do these few, petty individuals a lot better in the long run to look at the good the film is doing now and in the future, instead of the perceived (likely, imagined) harm behind them.

I think this film is quite important and I think that getting people to watch it will strengthen the quality of civil discourse in the nation. I think it would do well for Sean Hannity to see the film. I think it would do well for those out of touch with reality (like George Bush and John Kerry) to see the film.

I would highly recommend that anyone reading this see the film.


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