Dear Mr. Moore:

I hear that your new documentary SICKO about the pharmaceutical-health-insurance-industry complex is set to debut in Cannes, France (see “SiCKO Debuts At Cannes On Saturday“).

I would very much like to see this movie, but I cannot afford to go to Cannes. Also, I sent in my passport for renewal and won’t get it back in weeks!

Anyhoo! I really think you should invite us bloggers to a special screening of your movie. After all, Centocor — part of the J&J pharmaceutical family — was nice enough to invite me to a special screening of THEIR movie “Innerstate” (see “Innerstate Private Screening: Philadelphia Style“). As a result, I’ve treated them really nicely and wrote an article praising the movie in my newsletter (see “Innerstate: The First Disease Awareness Documentary Film“), etc.

I can do the same for you! I am already a fan of yours.

If you don’t invite me, I’ll have no recourse but to compare your slight to bloggers with Centocor’s (a J&J company) open invitation. Imagine the headlines: “Moore Ignores Bloggers” and the crux of the story: “While J&J, one of America’s biggest pharmaceutical companies, embraces bloggers, Michael Moore, self-proclaimed champion of the common man, ignores this influential group of industry critics.”

You can avoid all that bad press by inviting me — an industry “critic” who’s really on your side (I think; I’ll reserve judgment until I see the movie) — to a private screening.

But, please, make it easy for me. I could come to your place in New York or maybe you can find some neutral place to do the screening (not Philadelphia, please). You can even invite my blogger buddies — I’ll be glad to recommend who to invite.

Of course, you should have food there — hire one of those firms that cater lunches for the stars while on set. BTW, that would beat what Centocor offered, which was bottled water!

I look forward to your response. Call me any time at 215-504-4164 or e-mail me at


John Mack