Help Wanted: Wall Street Execs for Michael Moore Film

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is seeking Wall Street executives to help him with an upcoming documentary on the financial industry, and he's doing so in a very public way.

Moore posted an open letter on his own website and The Huffington Post this morning looking for financial employees to come forward and talk, imploring Wall Street's denizens "for a moment of courage, to be a hero and help me expose the biggest swindle in American history."

"I am in the middle of shooting my next movie and I am looking for a few brave people who work on Wall Street or in the financial industry to come forward and share with me what they know," Moore wrote. "Based on those who have already contacted me, I believe there are a number of you who know 'the real deal' about the abuses that have been happening."

"If you work for a bank, a brokerage firm or an insurance company -- or if you have seen things or heard things that you believe the American people have a right to know -- please contact me at bailout@michaelmoore.com," Moore wrote.

Moore also sent the letter to members of his e-mail distribution list, according to the letter.

Moore's upcoming film will be backed by Paramount Vantage and Overture. Originally announced in May 2008 as a sequel to "Farenheit 9/11," news broke in November that Moore's focus had shifted to the economic crisis.

The film won't be Moore's first to deal with the economy: his 1989 documentary "Roger and Me" detailed Moore's attempts to confront then-G.M. CEO Roger Smith about the economic impact of G.M.'s downsizing on Flint, Mich., Moore's home town.

See Moore's full letter below:

Will You Help Me With My Next Film? ...a request from Michael Moore

Friends,

I am in the middle of shooting my next movie and I am looking for a few brave people who work on Wall Street or in the financial industry to come forward and share with me what they know. Based on those who have already contacted me, I believe there are a number of you who know "the real deal" about the abuses that have been happening. You have information that the American people need to hear. I am humbly asking you for a moment of courage, to be a hero and help me expose the biggest swindle in American history.

All correspondence with me will be kept confidential. Your identity will be protected and you will decide to what extent you wish to participate in telling the greatest crime story ever told.

The important thing here is for you to step up as an American and do your duty of shedding some light on this financial collapse. A few good people have already come forward, which leads me to believe there are many more of you out there who know what's going on. Here's your chance to let your fellow citizens in on the truth.

If you have any info that would help, please contact me at my private email address: bailout@michaelmoore.com.

For the rest of you on my email list who don't work in the financial industry, you're probably wondering, "What the heck is this all about? I thought he said he was making a romantic comedy!"

Well, I just can't say much right now. I'm sure you can understand why. One thing I can tell you is that you're gonna like this movie when I'm done with it. Oh, yeah...

So, again, if you work for a bank, a brokerage firm or an insurance company -- or if you have seen things or heard things that you believe the American people have a right to know -- please contact me at bailout@michaelmoore.com.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Yours,
Michael Moore
bailout@michaelmoore.com
MichaelMoore.com