Mike Z: In The News
This is just a quick shout-out to my friend and underground film provocateur Mike Z, who got a quick mention in this Washington Post review of the film Death Of A President, which opened this weekend in limited release. While the reviewing the film, critic Ann Hornaday makes this comparison:
And in playing into the historical fascination with assassination, it resembles a kind of 21st-century “JFK,” tweaked to hit the hot-button issues of the day. (The most obvious comparison is with the politically charged pseudo-docs of avant-garde filmmaker Mike Z, whose work has been shown at the DC Underground Film Festival. His Internet hoaxes are so good that he’s been investigated by real FBI agents.)
While I haven’t seen DOAP, I don’t know if that is such an “obvious” comparison since that film is clearly a fake documentary that “looks back” at the assassination of George W. Bush, while Z’s films are hoaxes that he hopes audiences will assume are real docs. You only realize their fakes until you find out who directed them.
Regardless, it was nice to see Mike’s name pop out in a major review.