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The rising popularity of documentary films

There was a time when it was utterly unheard of for a documentary film to generate even a little money at the box office. That has all changed though, thanks in large part to the efforts of Michael Moore to position them more as entertainment pieces than dry, informative movies. Some might say that the only think Michael Moore documents is his own bloated ego, but he has helped popularize documentary film and that’s a good thing.
He turned his cameras on subjects he was passionate about and injected himself into the movies to generate interest. That has spurred on a new generation of documentary filmmakers, including Morgan Spurlock, a man made famous by his experiment of eating nothing but McDonald’s for 30 days and getting horribly sick. Others have followed in Moore’s footsteps and the documentary film business should be happy for that.