Word came late last week that documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is being investigated by the U.S. Treasury Department over a trip he made to Cuba for his new film “Sicko.”
This department sent a letter to Mr. Moore saying it was investigating whether he had violated restrictions on travel to Cuba when he accompanied sick workers seeking free medical care as part of a documentary on America’s health care industry.
However in this case, bad publicity may turn out to help, rather than hinder the film which just announced its release date a few days before this news broke.
Harvey Weinstein told The New York Times that the timing of the letter suggested an attack by the Bush administration meant to discredit the film, and in fact “They are only causing more publicity. It’s so ironic. They should let sleeping dogs lie.”
“Sicko” is set to open at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19th and nationwide on June 29th.