Various scraps of gossip are floating around about Michael Moore's alleged rush to make a documentary about Hurrican Katrina and its disasterous aftermath. After Jeanette Walls first broke the story last week, the New York Daily News hopped on the case. A source close to the filmmaker told the rag on Friday that Moore had indeed marched into Covington, LA with a camera crew, but insisted that they "didn't go there to make a documentary. We're participating in the relief effort." Meanwhile, Moore himself didn't admit or deny that a documentary is in the works, but he did warn the paper that this is not the time to shy away from political critique: "Do not listen to anyone who says we can discuss all this later. No, we can't. Our country is in an immediate state of vulnerability. More hurricanes, wars, and other disasters are on the way, and a lazy bunch of self-satisfied lunatics are still running the show." Moore's team – which includes volunteers from Craig's List and various members of Kathy Griffin's extended family – are documenting their efforts almost daily on his website, but there doesn't seem to be any direct mention of a film in the works. In a pretty great roundup of memorable Katrina-related media moments from the part two weeks, the Chicago Sun-Times' Richard Roeper more or less gives Moore's alleged project his approval, saying, "It would be the easiest film he's ever done."
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