Word is in that Morgan Spurlock is soon to commence the production of his latest documentary. The film will feature the activities of the Patriot Movement, the religious extremist group based in Oregon. Spurlock is not a newcomer to the movie industry. In 2004, he released Supersize Me a documentary whose purpose was to create awareness about the dangers of feeding on junk food.
The new film uses footage captured by David Byars in which he covered an incident in 2016 where the extremist group had stormed Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. In early 2016, armed militia from the Patriot Movement occupied the wildlife sanctuary. The men threatened not to end the siege until the federal government stopped its “cruelty” against the American people.
In an occupation that lasted 40 days, Ammon Bundy, the movement’s leader criticized the U.S. government for a series injustices although he did not articulate them clearly. The group allowed Byars to capture the event on camera.
The documentary, which is still without a title, will feature interviews granted by the militants. Moreover, audiences will get an insight into the ideals of the Patriot Movement. Viewers will have an opportunity to interact, albeit on the screen, with the militants and understand their beliefs and point of view.
Spurlock project comes with assistance from David Holbrooke and Jeremy Chilnick. The two are film producers of repute. Other themes captured in the soon-to-be-released documentary include dissatisfaction with the government, disaffection, justice by the people and the love for the use of firearms that is a trademark of the group.
Spurlock is optimistic that viewers will get hooked by the compelling footage captured by David Byars. He says that as soon as he saw the tape from the Oregon’s sanctuary siege, he immediately developed the motivation to make a documentary out of it.